George M. Cohen

  • Associate Dean for Curricular Programs
  • Brokaw Professor of Corporate Law

George Cohen joined the faculty in 1993 as an associate professor of law after a one-year visit to the Law School. He became a full professor in 1995. He teaches contracts, professional responsibility and agency and partnership. He has also taught antitrust and law and economics.

A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University, Cohen earned his J.D. in 1986 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania. During law school, he served as articles editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Cohen was a clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Wilmington, Delaware, before joining the law faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1988.

Cohen was chair of the UVA Faculty Senate from 2012-13 and has served as an ethics consultant and expert for several law firms.


  • J.D.
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A.
    Yale University


The Law and Ethics of Lawyering (with Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Susan P. Koniak, Roger C. Cramton and W. Bradley Wendel) (Foundation Press, 6th ed. 2017).

The Law and Ethics of Lawyering (with Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Susan P. Koniak, Roger C. Cramton and W. Bradley Wendel) (Foundation Press, 5th ed. 2010).

Foundations of the Law and Ethics of Lawyering (ed. with Susan P. Koniak) (2004).

Working Papers:

"Law and Economics of Agency and Partnership," forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics

"Legal and Ethical Duties of Lawyers after Sarbanes-Oxley" (Susan P. Koniak & Roger C. Cramton), forthcoming Villanova L. Rev.

"Norms, Law, and Contract" (with Susan P. Koniak).

"Whose Word Is Law?" (with Susan P. Koniak).

"The Collusion Problem in Agency Law" (1999).

Book Chapters and Multi-Author Works:

“Law and Economics of Agency and Partnership,” in Francesco Parisi, ed. 2 Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics 399 (Oxford University Press, 2017).

“Interpretation and Implied Terms in Contract Law,” in Gerrit De Geest, ed., Contract Law and Economics 125 (Edward Elgar, 2d ed. 2011).

“How Fault Shapes Contract Law,” in Omri Ben Shahar & Ariel Porat, eds., Fault in American Contract Law 53 (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

“Have U.S. Regulators Been Soft on Banks Over Structured Products? Yes” (with David Dana, Susan Koniak, and Tom Ross), 13 Int’l Fin. L. Rev. (2006).

"In Hell There Will Be Lawyers Without Law or Clients" (with Susan P. Koniak), in Deborah Rhode, ed., Ethics in Practice Lawyers' Roles, Responsibilities, and Regulation (Oxford, 2000).

"Interpretation and Implied Terms in Contract Law," in Boudewijn Bouckaert & Gerrit de Geest, eds., Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (Edward Elgar, 2000).

"Replacing Striking Workers: The Law and Economics Approach" (with Michael Wachter),N.Y.U. National Conference on Labor, 43rd Annual Proceedings, 109 (1990).

"An Internal Labor Market Approach to Labor Law: Does Labor Law Promote Efficient Contracting?" (with Michael Wachter), in Industrial Relations Research Association, 41st Annual Proceedings 243 (1988).


“The Uncertainty of Sun Printing,” 34 Touro L. Rev. 83 (2018).
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“The Laws of Agency Lawyering,” 84 Fordham L. Rev. 1963 (2016).
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“Liability of Insurers for Defense Counsel Malpractice,” 68 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 119 (2015). 
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“Teaching Interpretation and Structure of the Revised Uniform Partnership Act: Moren ex rel. Moren v. Jax Restaurant and the Duty of Indemnification,” 59 St. Louis U. L.J. 657 (2015).
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“The State of Lawyer Knowledge Under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct,” 3 Am. U. Bus. L. Rev. 115 (2014).

“Beyond the No-Contact Rule: Ex Parte Contact by Lawyers with Nonclients," 87 Tul. L. Rev. 1197 (2013).
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"The Financial Crisis and the Forgotten Law of Contracts,” 87 Tul. L. Rev. 1 (2012).
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"The Fault That Lies Within Our Contract Law," 107 Mich. L. Rev. 1445 (2009).
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“Of Coerced Waiver, Government Leverage, and Corporate Loyalty: The Holder, Thompson, and McNulty Memos and Their Critics,” 93 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 137 (2007).

“Legal and Ethical Duties of Lawyers after Sarbanes-Oxley” (with Roger C. Cramton & Susan P. Koniak), 49 Vill. L. Rev. 725 (2004).
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"The Multi-Lawyered Problems of Professional Responsibility," U. Ill. L. Rev. 1409 (2003).
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"Finding Fault With Wonnell’s 'Two Contractual Wrongs," 38 San Diego L. Rev. 137 (2001).
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"In Hell There Will Be Lawyers Without Clients or Law" (with Susan P. Koniak), 30 Hofstra L. Rev. 129 (2001).
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"The 'Fair' Is the Enemy of the Good: Ortiz v. Fibreboard Corporation and Class Action Settlements," 8 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 23 (2000).
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"When Law and Economics Met Professional Responsibility," 67 Fordham L. Rev. 273 (1998).
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"Legal Malpractice Insurance and Loss Prevention: A Comparative Analysis of Economic Institutions," 4 Conn. Ins. L. J. 305 (1997).
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"Under Cloak of Settlement" (with S. Koniak), 82 Va. L. Rev. 1051 (1996).
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"The Fault Lines in Contract Damages," 80 Va. L. Rev. 1225 (1994).
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"The Negligence-Opportunism Tradeoff in Contract Law," 20 Hofstra L. Rev. 941 (1992).
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"The Law and Economics of Collective Bargaining: An Introduction and Application to the Problems of Subcontracting, Partial Closure, and Relocation" (with Michael Wachter), 136U. Pa. L. Rev. 1349 (1988).
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"Comment, Posnerian Jurisprudence and Economic Analysis of Law: The View from the Bench," 133 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1117 (1985).
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Other Publications:

"The Academics’ Role in the SEC’s Rules, Education and Practice" (Virginia State Bar), Fall 2003.

Current Courses

All Courses

Agency and Partnership
Law and Economics
Professional Responsibility
Seminar in Ethical Values


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