Professor George S. Geis, JD, MBA

Professor George S. Geis
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • The University of Chicago
Corporations have a tremendous influence on our lives. Corporate law is societies means of facilitating the good that corporations do while reining in bad behavior. Setting the boundaries of fair play so that different players can focus their energy and resources on productive efforts.

George S. Geis is the William S. Potter Professor of Law at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Law. He is also the faculty director of the John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program, and he previously served as the UVA School of Law’s vice dean. Professor Geis received a B.S. in finance from the University of California, Berkeley, and he earned a J.D. with honors and an M.B.A. with honors from The University of Chicago. Before his appointment to the UVA School of Law faculty, Professor Geis taught at The University of Alabama School of Law. He also spent five years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he served clients on corporate strategy, merger planning, and many other issues. 

Professor Geis teaches courses on contracts, corporations, agency and partnership, accounting, and corporate finance. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the 2019 All-University Teaching Award at UVA. He has also taught courses as a visiting professor at The University of Chicago; Georgetown University Law Center; the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India; the University of Auckland in New Zealand; and the University of Trento in Italy.

Professor Geis is the coauthor of Digital Deals: Strategies for Selecting and Structuring Partnerships, a book on business partnership and alliance strategies. His articles include “Traceable Shares and Corporate Law,” published in the Northwestern University Law Review; “Internal Poison Pills,” published in the New York University Law Review; and “Ex-Ante Corporate Governance,” published in The Journal of Corporation Law. His work has also appeared in many other leading academic journals. 

Professor Geis’s research focuses on problems related to business alliances, merger transactions, shareholder litigation, and other topics involving the intersection of law and business.