Professor Thomas P. Gallanis is a prize-winning legal historian and comparative lawyer and an expert on trust, succession, property, and fiduciary law. He is particularly interested in comparative and international aspects of wealth transfer law.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He is the author of two prominent casebooks— Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts, and Estates (6th ed. 2014) and Fundamentals of Property Law (4th ed. 2015, with Burke, Burkhart, and Helmholz)—and scholarly articles published in the United States, England, France, and China.
He is active in law reform through the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute. Within the Uniform Law Commission, he is the executive director of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, which is the official oversight body for all uniform laws in the field of trusts and succession. He was the reporter (principal drafter) for the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act (completed 2013) and the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (completed 2009). Elected to the American Law Institute, he served as Associate Reporter for the Restatement Third of Trusts (completed 2012) and as a member of the consultative group for the Restatement Third of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers (completed 2011). He currently serves as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations and to the Restatement Fourth of Property.
Before graduate study at Cambridge, he practiced with the wealth management group at Mayer Brown in Chicago and clerked for Judge David A. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
He serves as a consultant and expert in litigation and planning matters concerning trusts, wills, estates, and fiduciary administration.
He is also active as a legal historian, specializing in the history of English law. He was awarded the Selden Society’s David Yale Prize for his scholarly article on the history of evidence law, which was judged “a distinguished contribution to the history of the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales.” He is preparing, for publication by the Selden Society, a scholarly edition of the judicial notes of Sir Dudley Ryder (CJKB 1754-56). He has served as the Secretary of the American Society for Legal History and chaired the Society’s Finance Committee. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal History and Continuity and Change.
He has been a visiting fellow of All Souls College (Oxford), a visiting fellow of Magdalene College (Cambridge), a Mellon Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a visiting scholar at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the Herbert Smith Visiting Professor in the law faculty at Cambridge University.
For a full CV, please contact Professor Gallanis by e-mail.
BA, Yale University
JD, University of Chicago
LLM, PhD, Cambridge University