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 David G. Epstein
David G. Epstein
George E. Allen Professor of Law
Courses Taught Bankruptcy Baseball, Body Parts & Rosa Parks Contracts Core Commercial Law Concepts Corporations Property

Professor David Epstein holds the Law School’s prestigious George E. Allen Chair and teaches in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial law, contract law, and corporations. He has also served as Dean at Emory University School of Law and the University of Arkansas Law School, held tenured law faculty positions at Southern Methodist University, University of North Carolina, University of Texas, and University of Alabama, taught as a visiting professor of law at Harvard, Georgetown, University of Michigan, New York University, and University of Chicago, and worked as a partner at King & Spalding. Professor Epstein has authored or co-authored numerous books, book chapters, and articles on bankruptcy, commercial law, and contract law. He is an elected member of the American College of Bankruptcy and the National Bankruptcy Conference.


Presenter, "Teaching Conditions," 12th Annual International Conference on Contracts, Los Angeles (Feb. 2017).

Bar Admissions
Professional Experience
Allen Professor of Law (2010-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Professor of Law (2003-2010)
Southern Methodist University School of Law
Charles E. Tweedy Professor of Law (1998-2003)
University of Alabama School of Law
Partner (1989-98)
King & Spalding, Atlanta, Ga.
Dean (1985-89)
Emory University School of Law
Professor of Law (1982-85)
University of Texas School of Law
Dean (1979-1982)
University of Arkansas  School of Law
Professor of Law (1974-79)
University of Texas School of Law
Assistant Professor & Associate Professor of Law (1970-74)
University of North Carolina School of Law

Core Commercial Law Concepts (West Academic, forthcoming 2018).

Uniform Commercial Code Article 9: Secured Transactions (West Academic 2018).

Basic Sales Finance: Selling and Financing Sales of Goods (West Academic 2018).

Bankruptcy (West 4th ed 2015) (with Bruce Markell, Lawrence Ponoroff, & Steve Nickles).

Business Structures (West 5th ed. 2018) (with Rich Freer, Mike Roberts & George Shepherd).

Contract: Making and Doing Deals (West 5th ed. 2018) (with Bruce Markell and Lawrence Ponoroff).

Bankruptcy: Materials and Cases (3d ed. 2011) (with Bruce Markell et al.).

A Short and Happy Guide to Contracts (West 2011) (with Bruce Markell and Lawrence Ponoroff).

Making and Doing Deals (West 3d ed. 2011) (with Bruce Markell and Lawrence Ponoroff).

Business Structures (West 3d ed. 2010) (with Richard Freer et al.).


An “APP” for Third Party Beneficiary Law, 91 Wash. L. Rev. 1663 (2016) (with Alexandra Cook et al.).

Not Just Anna Nicole Smith, Cleavage in Bankruptcy, 31 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 15 (2014) (with Casey Arial and David Smith).

Fifty: Shades of Grey--Uncertainty About Extrinsic Evidence and Parol Evidence After All These UCC Years, 45 Ariz. St. L.J. 925 (2013) (with Adam Tate and William Yaris). 

Review, A Surprising Book, 12 Green Bag 2d 103 (2008). 

Response to Reasonable Expectations in Sociocultural Context, 1 Wake Forest L. Rev. Online 54 (2011). 

LL.M., Harvard Law School 1969
LL.B., University of Texas School of Law 1966
B.A., University of Texas 1964
Contact Information
Room 112, Law School
(804) 289-8922
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise