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Thomas P. Gallanis

Associate Dean for Research, Allan D. Vestal Chair in Law, and Professor of History

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 an elected member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and the American Law Institute. He has been a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, a Mellon fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a visiting scholar at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Most recently, he was the Herbert Smith Freehills visitor in the law faculty at Cambridge University and a visiting fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His scholarly articles have been published in the United States, England, France, and China. He is also the author or co-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).

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) of the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act and the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act. Within the American Law Institute, he served as associate reporter for the Restatement Third of Trusts and currently serves as an adviser to the Restatement Fourth of Property and the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations.

Before graduate study at Cambridge, he practiced with the wealth management group at Mayer Brown in Chicago and clerked for Judge David 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.” With an international team of scholars, he recently published The Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England. He is preparing, for publication by the Selden Society, a scholarly edition of the judicial notes of Sir Dudley Ryder (CJKB 1754-56). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal History and Continuity and Change and the Brill series on Studies in the History of Private Law.

He teaches first-year Property and standard and advanced courses in Trusts & Estates.

For a list of his publications, please click on the Bibliography link below.

For a full CV, please contact Professor Gallanis by e-mail.

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BA, Yale University

JD, University of Chicago

LLM, PhD, Cambridge University