Our Faculty

Jessica Magaldi

Associate Professor
Director, Continuous Improvement, Lubin School of Business

Lubin School of Business

Legal Studies and Taxation

  • @ New York City
    One Pace Plaza W-476
Office Hours
New York City

Spring 2020
Mon 9:00am-10:30am
Mon 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wed 9:00am-10:30am
Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm


JD, New York University School of Law, New York, NY

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities

Jessica A. Magaldi is the Ivan Fox Professor and Scholar of Business Law, Associate Chair and an Associate Professor in the Legal Studies and Taxation Department at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. She teaches Business Law and Advanced Business Law, as well as a number of specialty law classes including Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property Law and Employment Law on the undergraduate and graduate levels and in the Pace Online program. In 2019, Dr. Magaldi was honored with the Homer and Charles Pace Faculty Award in recognition that her commitment and mentorship has had a transformative effect on generations of talented and successful students. In 2017, Dr. Magaldi was awarded a national Periclean Faculty Leadership grant for developing a business law course for students that champions civil dialogue, civic engagement and social responsibility in the classroom, on the campus and in the community.

Since 2018, Dr. Magaldi is the Director of Continuous Improvement for the Business School and, since 2014, Dr. Magaldi is Director of the Business Honors Program on the New York City campus. For many years, she was Chapter Advisor to the Pace University Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, for which she was recognized in 2016 as the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award for all international BGS chapters and in 2017 as the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award among all student organization faculty advisors on the New York City campus.

Dr. Magaldi has an active research agenda, which reflects her interest in understanding law and policy through the lens of whether and how business and societal goals are advanced. To this end, she has three areas of substantive focus – the law of emerging technologies, employment-related legal issues, (including at the intersection of social media / technology law and employment law) and finance and tax law, especially as affected by technological innovation. She has an additional interest in related pedagogy, creating case studies that allow her to help students (and other instructors) apply theory to practice. All four of these areas share an important theme as they examine due process considerations, procedures in place to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and systems are transparent.

Dr. Magaldi is a frequent presenter of her scholarly research at national and international conferences and has been an invited to lecture on her work at colleges and universities in the U.S. Her contributions to research (along with those of her coauthors) have been recognized by the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (Best Paper, Honorable Mention, 2018), MBAA International (Best Paper, 2017) and Great Lakes Academy of Legal Studies in Business (Best Paper, 2017 and 2018).

Dr. Magaldi is active in her department, school, university and the profession to provide service to these communities for the benefit of students, faculty and administration. Selected recent service activities include:
* Editorial Board Member, Journal of Critical Incidents
* Editor, Proceedings of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business
* Associate Editor, North East Journal of Legal Studies
* Editor, Proceedings of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business
* Conference Program Chair, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business
* Session Chair, Society for Case Research Annual Meetings

Dr. Magaldi also has a long history of civic engagement and pro bono service outside of the academy, including with direct legal services organizations, her local Community Board and as a volunteer arbitrator for NYC Small Claims Court.

In addition to her teaching and scholarly pursuits, Dr. Magaldi is a business and legal consultant, specializing in technology and intellectual property law and transactions for emerging and established companies. She advises clients on substantive legal issues and also works with in-house legal departments on business process reengineering and employee training. Dr. Magaldi recently concluded an engagement with NYSE Euronext to manage the company's Strategic Intellectual Property Initiative.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Magaldi was a law clerk to the Hon. James B. Zagel, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois and in-house at two internet start-up companies during the internet boom and bust of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Dr. Magaldi started her legal career as an associate in the Strategic Sourcing and Technology Group in the New York office of the international law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

Dr. Magaldi received a B.S., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Review of Law and Social Change.

Selected Contributions & Publications

Magaldi, J., Sales, J.S. (2018). Exploring the NLRB's Jurisprudence Concerning Work Rules for Guidance on the Limits of Employers' Use of Employment Policies to Regulate Employee Activity on Social Media. University of San Francisco Law Review. 52(2), 229.

Magaldi, J., Sales, J.S., Cameron, E.A. (2018). How the NLRB's Decisions Involving Social Media Cases are Narrowing the Definition of Concerted Activity ... Whether Employees "Like" it or Not. University of Toledo Law Review. 49(Winter 2018), 1.

Girasa, R., Magaldi, J., DiBenedetto, J. (2018). Shedding Light on Dark Pools: Recent Regulatory Attempts Toward Transparency and Oversight of Alternative Trading Systems.. North East Journal of Legal Studies. 37(1), 75-116. Read More >>

Magaldi, J., Davis, W.S. (2017). Trolling Twitter: Defamation in an Online World. Journal of Critical Incidents. 10(1), 32, 106.

Girasa, R., Kraus, R., Magaldi, J. (2017). Promoting a New Source of Liquidity for Small Businesses: An Examination of U.S. Regulation of Crowdfunding. North East Journal of Legal Studies. 36(1), 63-84.

Magaldi, J., Sales, J.S., Cameron, E.A. (2017). Distinguishing Between One Voice Amplified Too Loudly or Many Voices Raised in Unison: How the NLRB is Deciding Cases Involving Social Media (vol. 2017). Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (Best Paper). Conference Proceeding.

Magaldi, J., Sales, J.S. (2017). Employers' Rights to Use Employment Policies to Regulate Employee Activity on Social Media: Exploring the Limits of Employers' Rights to Use Employment Policies to Regulate Employee Activity on Social Media (vol. 2017). Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business (Best Paper). Conference Proceeding.

Girasa, R., Kraus, R., Magaldi, J. (2016). Metropolitan Life and the Shadow Banking Controversy: Non-Bank Investment Alternatives to Traditional Banking. North East Journal of Legal Studies. 35(1), 33-90. Read More >>

Treu, J.S., Magaldi, J. (2016). AICPA v. the IRS: Is the AICPA Protecting Taxpayers' Interests or Its Own in Seeking to Invalidate the Annual Filing Season Program?. Taxes: The Tax Magazine. 94((August 2016)), 49. Read More >>

Magaldi, J. (2016). “10 Things I Hate About . . .” Contract Breaches. Journal of Critical Incidents. 9(1), 12, 50.

Magaldi, J. (2015). The GoldieBlox Video: Infringement or Fair Use?. Journal of Critical Incidents. 8(1), 17, 70. Read More >>

Magaldi, J., Kolisnyk, O. (2014). The Unpaid Internship: A Stepping Stone to a Successful Career or the Stumbling Block of an Illegal Enterprise? Finding the Right Balance Between Worker Autonomy and Worker Protection. Nevada Law Journal. 14(1), 25. Read More >>

Magaldi, J., Shaw, B. (2010). Analyzing the Politics of Health Care: Let's Buy Ourselves Some Civilization. Journal of Business Ethics. 9233-47.

Magaldi, J., LeVine, S., Magaldi, A. (2010). The Standard for Determining the Legality of Vertical Price Restraints. Journal of Business And Behavioral Sciences. 22(1), 112-121.