Robert (RJ) Quillinan

Assistant Professor, Business Law

Robert “RJ” Quillinan joined the faculty of the Godbold College of Business in Spring 2023. Prior to his position at Gardner-Webb, Dr. Quillinan spent seven (7) years serving in a variety of capacities at the Charleston School of Law, in Charleston, SC, including: general counsel, chief financial officer, compliance manager, director of alumni relations, and adjunct professor. During that time Dr. Quillinan also served as an adjunct professor for the College of Charleston – teaching Business Law. Dr.

Quillinan’s career began in Venture Capital/Private Equity – focusing on corporate mergers and strategic buyouts. He also has experience in general construction management and legal representation and operating a boutique law firm focused on higher education compliance, corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and contract negotiation.

When not on campus Dr. Quillinan enjoys: working in his woodshop, cooking for his family, reading novels, golfing, and spending time with his wife (Emily) and daughter (Magnolia Rand.)


  • J.D., Charleston School of Law
  • MBA, The Citadel
  • BS in Finance, University of Colorado (Boulder)

Classes Taught/Teaching

  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Investments
  • Healthcare Law
  • Entrepreneurship

Research Interests

  • Higher Education
  • Business Ethics
  • Transactional Law
  • Federal Regulation and Tax Policy

Certifications and Licenses

  • South Carolina Bar