George S. Geis

  • William S. Potter Professor of Law
  • Glynn Family Bicentennial Professor of Law
  • Director, John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program

George Geis, an expert in corporate law and finance, joined the faculty in 2008. He teaches contracts, corporations, accounting and corporate finance. Geis also is director of the John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program and faculty adviser for the J.D.-MBA dual-degree program. From 2012-17, he served as vice dean of the Law School.

Geis’ research focuses on problems related to corporate governance, shareholder litigation, corporate finance, contract theory and other issues involving the intersection of law and business. His work has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Virginia Law Review and many other academic journals. He is also the co-author of a casebook on corporate finance and a book on business partnership and alliance strategies.

Geis received UVA’s All-University Teaching Award in 2019, and his work was named among the top 10 corporate and securities articles of 2018. Before joining the Virginia faculty, Geis taught at the University of Alabama, where he received numerous teaching awards and was selected by the student body as the outstanding faculty member in 2007. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Geis spent five years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he served clients on corporate strategy, mergers, marketing and other issues. He has also worked with the law firms Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York and Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles.

Scholarship Profile: Bringing Business Insight to Law (Virginia Journal 2012)


  • J.D.
    University of Chicago Law School
  • M.B.A.
    University of Chicago
  • B.S.
    University of California at Berkeley


"Traceable Shares and Corporate Law," 113 Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

"Ex-Ante Corporate Governance," 41 J. Corp. L. 609 (2016).
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"Gift Promises and the Edge of Contract Law," 2014 U. Ill. L. Rev. 663.

Shareholder Derivative Litigation and the Preclusion Problem" 100 Va. L. Rev. 261 (2014).

“The Economics of Contract Law: A Business Outsourcing Application,” in 2 Shabhashis Gangopadhyay & V. Santhakumar, eds., Law and Economics 77 (Sage, 2013).

"Broadcast Contracting," 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1153 (2012).
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"An Appraisal Puzzle," 105 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1635 (2011).
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"An Empirical Examination of Business Outsourcing Transactions," 96 Va. L. Rev. 241 (2010).
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"Internal Poison Pills,” 84 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1169 (2009). 
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"The Space Between Markets and Hierarchies," 95 Va. L. Rev. 99 (2009). 
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"Automating Contract Law," 83 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 450 (2008).
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“Economics as Context for Contract Law,” 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 569 (2008) (reviewing Victor Goldberg, Framing Contract Law: An Economic Perspective (2006)).
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"Can Independent Blockholding Really Play Much of a Role in Indian Corporate Governance?" 3 Corp. Governance L. Rev. 283 (2007).

"Business Outsourcing and the Agency Cost Problem," 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 955 (2007).
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"An Embedded Options Theory of Indefinite Contracts," 90 Minn. L. Rev. 1664 (2006).
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"An Experiment in the Optimal Precision of Contract Default Rules," 80 Tul. L. Rev. 1109 (2006).
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"Empirically Assessing Hadley v. Baxendale," 32 Fl. St. Univ. L. Rev. 897 (2005).
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Digital Deals: Strategies for Selecting and Structuring Partnerships (McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2001) (Chinese language edition 2002).

Book Chapters: 

“Shareholder Power in India,” in Jennifer G. Hill & Randall S. Thomas, eds., Research Handbook on Shareholder Power 592 (Elgar, 2015).




Mock Class: Business Law and the Law of Agency

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