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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, "Todos - the Story of Hugh, Kalil, Maria, and Ruth," 7th Applied Legal Story Telling Conference, Legal Writing Institute, Boulder, Colorado (July 2019).
Presenter, "The Illusion of Illusoriness," National Business Law Scholars Annual Conference, Berkeley (June 2019).
Presenter, "Bankruptcy Courts 2018," 45th Annual Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, Atlanta (March 2019).
Presenter, "Claims in Bankruptcy," Bankruptcy 2018, Practising Law Institute, New York (Dec. 2018).
Presenter, "Teaching Transactional Subjects - Harvard Business School and Law School," SALT Annual Teaching Conference, Society of American Law Teachers, Penn State Law School (Oct. 2018).
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

Business Structures (with Richard D. Freer, Michael J. Roberts, & George B. Shepherd) (5th Ed. ed. West Academic 2019).

Selling and Financing Sales of Goods Under UCC Articles 2 and 9 (with Steve H. Nickles, & Edwin E. Smith) (1st Ed. ed. West Academic 2019).

Uniform Commercial Code Article 9: Secured Transactions (with Steve H. Nickles, & Edwin E. Smith) (West Academic 2019).

A Short and Happy Guide to Contracts (with Bruce Markell and Lawrence Ponoroff) (West) (1st ed. 2011) (2nd ed. forthcoming 2019).

Core Commercial Law Concepts (West Academic, 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 (with Rich Freer, Mike Roberts & George Shepherd) (West) (3rd ed. 2010) (5th ed. 2018).

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

Learning Core Commercial Concepts: Teaching Materials (West 2018).

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

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


Reverse Veil Piercing in Delaware ___ S. C. L. Rev.___ (with Jake Weiss) (forthcoming 2019).

Don't Have a Cow . . . Or the Restatement, ___St. Louis L. Rev.___ (Roxanne Eastes) (forthcoming 2019).

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