Griffin Toronjo Pivateau

Contact information

Department of Management
Spears School of Business
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
griffin.pivateau@okstate.edu

Academic appointments

Oklahoma State University

Puterbaugh Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics in Business, 2016-Present.
Associate Professor of Legal Studies, 2015-Present.
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, 2009-2015.

Sam Houston State University

Lecturer, 2008–2009.

Education

University of Texas School of Law

Juris Doctorate, 1990.

McNeese State University

Bachelor of Arts, 1983.

Research interests

My research examines the ability of the law to affect the business environment. Within this focus area, I have followed three related research streams: employer-employee relationships, dispute resolution mechanisms, and restrictions on employee mobility.

Publications

G. Pivateau and G. Nerger, The Worker Classification Dilemma: The IRS Test and the Platform Economy, Texas Tech Law Review (forthcoming 2021).

G. Pivateau and A. Washington, Prospects and Pitfalls: Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Legal Cannabis Industry, 28 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & Law 1 (2020).

G. Pivateau, Opposite Sides of the Same Coin: Worker Classification in the New Economy, 37 Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal 95 (2019).

G. Pivateau, Defining the Scope of Employment Law: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Employment, Revue Lamy de Droit des Affaires (2019).

G. Pivateau, An Argument for Restricting the Blue Pencil Doctrine, 7 Belmont Law Review 1 (2019).

G. Pivateau, The Prism of Entrepreneurship: Creating a New Lens for Worker Classification, 70 Baylor Law Review 595 (2018).

G. Pivateau, Mandating Individual Arbitration: The Legality of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements, 52 Gonzaga Law Review 541 (2017).

G. Pivateau, Enforcement of Noncompete Agreements: Protecting the Public Interest Through an Entrepreneurial Approach, 46 St. Mary’s Law Journal 483 (2015).

G. Pivateau, Rethinking the Worker Classification Test: Entrepreneurship, Employees, and Empowerment, 34 Northern Illinois University Law Review 67 (2013).

G. Pivateau, Private Resolution of Public Disputes: Employment, Arbitration, and the Statutory Cause of Action, 32 Pace Law Review 114 (2012).

L. Lucas and G. Pivateau, Attorneys and Entrepreneurs: Creating Value for Small Business Startups, 18 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 717 (2012).

G. Pivateau, A Standard of Reasonableness: Constraining Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements, 22 Southern Law Journal 169 (2012).

G. Pivateau, Preserving Human Capital: Using The Noncompete Agreement to Achieve Competitive Advantage, 4 Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Law 319 (2011).

G. Pivateau, Reconsidering Arbitration: Evaluating the Future of the Manifest Disregard Standard, 21 Southern Law Journal 41 (2011).

G. Pivateau, Putting the Blue Pencil Down: An Argument for Specificity in Noncompete Agreements, 86 Nebraska Law Review 672 (2008).

G. Pivateau, Tackling the Competitive Sports Doctrine: A New Proposal for Sports Injuries in Texas, 9 Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law 85 (2007).

Awards and fellowships

Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, 2017. (Top teaching award at Oklahoma State).

Greiner Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2017. (Top teaching award in the Spears School of Business).

Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise, Oklahoma State University, 2014-2020.

Faculty of Distinction, OSU Business Student Council, 2017.

Faculty of Distinction, OSU Business Student Council, 2016.

Faculty of Distinction, OSU Business Student Council, 2012.

Richard W. Poole Research Excellence Award, 2011.

Judicial citations to research

FP UC Holdings, LLC v. Hamilton, 2020 Del. Ch. LEXIS 110 (Court of Chancery of Delaware, 2020).

Steiner v. Am. Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), 177 A.3d 1246 (District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2018).

Golden Rd. Motor Inn, Inc. v. Islam, 132 Nev. 476, 376 P.3d 151 (Supreme Court of Nevada, 2016).

Unlimited Opportunity, Inc. v. Waadah, 290 Neb. 629, 861 N.W.2d 437 (Supreme Court of Nebraska, 2015).

Del. Elevator, Inc. v. Williams, 2011 Del. Ch. LEXIS 47 (Court of Chancery of Delaware, 2011).

Feld v. Borkowski, 790 N.W.2d 72 (Supreme Court of Iowa, 2010).

Lee v. Loftin, 277 S.W.3d 519 (Court of Appeals of Texas, Twelfth District, Tyler, 2009).

Presentations

G. Pivateau and A. Washington, Prospects and Pitfalls: Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Legal Cannabis Industry, Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Cannabis in the States Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 28, 2020.

G. Pivateau, Opposite Sides of the Same Coin: Worker Classification in the New Economy. Paper presented at Academy of Legal Studies in Business National Conference, Montreal, Quebec, August 9, 2019.

G. Pivateau, Defining the Scope of Employment Law: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Employment. Paper presented at Congrès 2019 de l’Association Française Droit et Management, Paris, France, June 22, 2019.

G. Pivateau, Mandating the Blue Pencil: Legislative Overreach and the Noncompetition Agreement. Paper presented at Academy of Legal Studies in Business National Conference, Portland, Oregon, August 11, 2018.

G. Pivateau, The Prism of Entrepreneurship: A New Economic Reality Test. Paper presented at Academy of Legal Studies in Business National Conference, Savannah, Georgia, August 9, 2017.

G. Pivateau, Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements. Paper presented at the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Durham, North Carolina, November 10-12, 2016.

G. Pivateau. Noncompete Agreements: An Entrepreneurial Approach. Paper presented at the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 3-6, 2014.

G. Pivateau. Rethinking the Worker Classification Test: Employees, Entrepreneurship, and Empowerment. Paper presented at the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 7-9, 2013.

G. Pivateau. A Standard of Reasonableness: Constraining Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements. Paper presented at Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 6–8, 2011.

G. Pivateau. Reconsidering Arbitration: Evaluating the Future of the Manifest Disregard Standard. Paper presented at the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 4–6, 2010.

G.E. Hynes and G. Pivateau. Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word: Legal Effects of the Corporate Apology. Paper presented at the Association for Business Communication-Southwestern U.S. Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, Feb. 26–28, 2009.

University service

OSU Faculty Council, 2017-2020

OSU Faculty Council Retirement and Fringe Benefits Committee, Chair, 2018-2020

OSU Faculty Council Executive Committee, 2018-2020.

OSU General Education Advisory Council, 2017-2019.

OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award Selection Committee, 2019.

Department of Economics and Legal Studies Personnel Committee, 2015-2017.

Spears School Technology Fee Committee, 2015-2017.

Spears School Distance Learning Committee, 2010-2015.

Faculty Advisor, OSU Men’s Lacrosse Team, 2010-2016.

Seminars

G. Pivateau, #TimesUp, #MeToo, and the Law. #TimesUp Conference, Oklahoma City, 2018.

G. Pivateau, God, Government, and Ethics: The Ethics of the Establishment Clause. Association of Oklahoma City Attorneys, 2016.

G. Pivateau, Religious discrimination: More Complicated Than Ever. Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officials Association Academy, 2016.

International academic experience

Oklahoma State University at Burgundy School of Business

Dijon, France. Emerging Strategies for a Changing Europe: The Legal Issues. 2010-2016.

Oklahoma State University Study Abroad

Paris, France, 2017.
Madrid, Spain, 2019.

Courses taught

Employment Law
Legal Aspects of International Business
European Union Law
Legal Environment of Business
Commercial Transactions

Professional activities

Member, Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
Member, Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Professional licenses

State Bar of Texas, 1990.
Louisiana State Bar Association, 1991.

Encyclopedia entries

Alcalde in The New Handbook of Texas. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) 1: 95.

Ayuntamiento in The New Handbook of Texas. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) 1: 327.

Alguacil in The New Handbook of Texas. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) 1: 103.

Cabildo in The New Handbook of Texas. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) 1: 883.

Escribano in The New Handbook of Texas. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) 2: 891.

Regidor in The New Handbook of Texas. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) 5: 516.

Sindico Procurador in The New Handbook of Texas. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996) 5: 1058.

Reported opinions

Hallmark Capital Group, LLC v. 6320 Hayne Blvd, Inc., 312 Fed. Appx. 651 (5th Cir. 2009).

Ned v. Turner, 11 S.W.3d 407 (Tex.App. Houston [14th Dist.] 2000).

Roman Forest PUD v. McCorkle, 999 S.W.2d 931 (Tex.App. Beaumont 1999).

Gilbert v. Pettiette, 7 S.W.3d 895 (Tex.App. Houston [1 Dist.] 1999).

Languages

English (native), French (advanced), Spanish (basic)