George S. Geis

  • William S. Potter Professor of Law
  • Glynn Family Bicentennial Professor of Law

George Geis, an expert in corporate law and finance, joined the faculty in 2008. He teaches contracts, corporations, accounting and corporate finance. Geis has previously served as 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


Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law, The Great Courses (2019).
Digital Deals: Strategies for Selecting and Structuring Partnerships (Chinese language ed.), Zhongguo cai zheng jing ji chu ban she (Chinese language ed. 2002).


Corporate Finance: Principles and Practice (with Robert P. Bartlett & William J. Carney), Foundation Press (4 ed. 2020).

Book Chapters

Shareholder Power in India, in Research Handbook on Shareholder Power, Elgar, 592–608 (2015).
The Economics of Contract Law: A Business Outsourcing Application, in Law and Economics, Sage, 77–95 (2013).

Articles & Reviews

Shareholder Clawbacks for Corporate Misdeeds, 26 Stanford Journal of Law Business & Finance 35–64 (2021).
Information Litigation in Corporate Law, 71 Alabama Law Review 407–451 (2019).
Traceable Shares and Corporate Law, 113 Northwestern University Law Review 227–277 (2018).
Ex-Ante Corporate Governance, 41 Journal of Corporate Law 609–645 (2016).
Gift Promises and the Edge of Contract Law, 2014 University of Illinois Law Review 663–688 (2014).
Shareholder Derivative Litigation and the Preclusion Problem, 100 Virginia Law Review 261–312 (2014).
Broadcast Contracting, 106 Northwestern University Law Review 1153–1200 (2012).
An Appraisal Puzzle, 105 Northwestern University Law Review 1635–1677 (2011).
An Empirical Examination of Business Outsourcing Transactions, 96 Virginia Law Review 241–300 (2010).
Internal Poison Pills, 84 NYU Law Review 1169–1221 (2009).
The Space Between Markets and Hierarchies, 95 Virginia Law Review 99–153 (2009).
Automating Contract Law, 83 NYU Law Review 450–500 (2008).
Economics as Context for Contract Law, 75 University of Chicago Law Review 569–600 (2008).
Business Outsourcing and the Agency Cost Problem, 82 Notre Dame Law Review 955–1004 (2007).
An Embedded Options Theory of Indefinite Contracts, 90 Minnesota Law Review 1664–1720 (2006).
An Experiment in the Optimal Precision of Contract Default Rules, 80 Tulane Law Review 1109–1161 (2006).
Empirically Assessing Hadley v. Baxendal, 36 Florida State University Law Review 897–957 (2005).




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