Department of Economics

John Rivers, Jr.

  • Graduated: 1996
  • Field: Law

John Rivers, Jr.(opens in new window), who graduated in 1996 as the Smale recipient with a BA in Economics and Sociology, is vice president and senior counsel at Comerica Bank. After graduation from Chico State, John enrolled in the Boalt Hall School of Law(opens in new window) at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his law degree in 1999 and worked for several years as a commercial lending attorney, representing lenders and borrowers at the law firms Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe LLP(opens in new window) and Downey Brand LLP(opens in new window). He moved to his in-house legal counsel position at Comerica in 2005.

“My economics major has helped in my legal career by teaching me analytical skills and the ability to look at all sides of an issue,” John stated in a recent email. “It has also helped me understand the business realities faced by his clients, in both good and challenging economic environments."  (Last Updated 10/27/16)