Elizabeth Chamblee Burch

Charles H. Kirbo Chair of Law

B.A., Vanderbilt University
J.D., Florida State University


Complex Litigation
Mass Torts
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II

Biographical Information: 

Elizabeth Chamblee Burch joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2011. She was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2015 and was named the holder of the Charles H. Kirbo Chair of Law in 2016. Burch's teaching and research interests include civil procedure, class actions and mass torts.  

In 2015, Burch was awarded the American Law Institute’s Young Scholars Medal in recognition of her work on class actions and multidistrict litigation, and its potential to influence improvements in the law.  Her scholarship has been published in respected journals such as New York University Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Boston University Law Review and George Washington Law Review, among others. She co-authors a casebook titled The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation with the late Richard A. Nagareda, Robert G. Bone, Charles Silver, and Patrick Woolley. 

Burch was elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2013, and is a frequent commentator in various national news media, such as National Public Radio’s Marketplace, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The L.A. Times

Before joining Georgia Law's faculty, she was an assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law, where she received the university-wide Graduate Teaching Award and was voted “Professor of the Year” by second- and third-year students. Burch began her academic career in 2006 at Cumberland School of Law, part of Samford University, where she received the Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award and the Lightfoot, Franklin & White Faculty Scholarship Award. In 2014, she received Georgia Law’s John C. O’Byrne Memorial Award for Significant Contributions Furthering Student-Faculty Relations.

Before entering the legal academy, Burch worked as an associate at Holland & Knight in Atlanta, where she practiced in the area of complex litigation, including securities class actions. She has served as the mass torts subcommittee chair for the American Bar Association's Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee, on the executive board for the American Association of Law Schools’ Scholarship Committee, and as a co-editor of the Mass Tort Litigation Blog.

She earned her bachelor's degree cum laude from Vanderbilt University and her Juris Doctor cum laude from Florida State University, where she served as the writing and research editor for the Florida State University Law Review.

Publications & Activities


Calibrating Participation: Reflections on Procedure versus Procedural Justice, DePaul L. Rev. (forthcoming).

Constructing Issue Classes, 101 Va. L. Rev. 1855 (2015).

Judging Multidistrict Litigation, 90 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 71 (2015).

On Regulatory Discord and Procedure,11 N.Y.U. J. L. & Bus. 819 (2015).

Remanding Multidistrict Litigation, 75 La. L. Rev. 339 (2014) (symposium).

Revisiting Government as Plaintiff, 5 J. Tort L. 227 (2014) (response to Adam S. Zimmerman, The Corrective Justice State, 5 J. Tort  L. 189 (2014)).

Disaggregating, 90 Wash. U. L. Rev 667 (2013) (symposium).

Adequately Representing Groups, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 3043 (2013) (symposium).

Financiers as Monitors in Aggregate Litigation, 87 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1273 (2012).

Governing Securities Class Actions, 80 U. Cin. L. Rev. 299 (2011)  (symposium).

Optimal Lead Plaintiffs, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 1109 (2011).

Litigating Together: Social, Moral, and Legal Obligations, 91 B.U. L. Rev. 87 (2011).

Group Consensus, Individual Consent, 79 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 506 (2011) (symposium).

Aggregation, Community, and the Line Between, 58 Kan. L. Rev. 889 (2010) (symposium).

Litigating Groups, 61 Ala. L. Rev 1 (2009).

Procedural Justice in Nonclass Aggregation, 44 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1 (2009).

Securities Class Actions as Pragmatic Ex Post Regulation, 43 Ga L. Rev 63 (2008).

CAFA's Impact on Litigation as a Public Good, 29 Cardozo L. Rev. 2517 (2008).

Reassessing Damages in Securities Fraud Class Actions, 66 Md. L. Rev. 348 (2007).

Unsettling Efficiency: When Non-Class Aggregation of Mass Torts Creates Second-Class Settlements, 65 La. L. Rev. 157 (2004).

Comment, Between "Merit Inquiry" and "Rigorous Analysis": Using Daubert to Navigate the Gray Areas of Federal Class Action Certification, 31 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1041 (2004).

Comment, Rhetoric or Rights?: When Culture and Religion Bar Girls' Right to Education, 44 Va. J. Int'l L. 1073 (2004).

Comment, Post-War Iraq: Prosecuting Saddam Hussein, 7 Cal. Crim. L. Rev. 1 (2004).

Comment, Time for a Legislative Change: Florida's Stagnant Standard Governing Mental Competency for Execution, 31 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 335 (2004).


The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation (Second Edition, Foundation Press, 2013) (with Richard Nagareda, Robert G. Bone, Charles Silver, and Patrick Woolley)


Regulatory Discord and Procedure, N.Y.U. J. L. & Bus. (forthcoming, 2015) (symposium).

Introduction: Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 63 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 91 (2010) (invited introduction to Vanderbilt Law Review's roundtable debate).

Procedural Adequacy, 88 Tex. L. Rev. See Also 55 (2010) (invited response to Jay Tidmarsh, Rethinking Adequacy of Representation, 87 Tex. L. Rev. 1137 (2009)).

There's A Pennoyer in My Foyer: Civil Procedure According to Dr. Seuss, 13 Green Bag 2D 105 (2009).

A New Way Forward: A Response to Judge Weinstein, 2009 CARDOZO LAW REVIEW DE NOVO 168 (invited response to Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Preliminary Reflections on Administrations of Complex Litigations, 2009 Cardozo L. Rev De Novo 1.

Nonjurisdictionality or Inequity, 102 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW COLLOQUY 64 (2007) (invited response to Scott Dodson, Jurisdictionality and Bowles v. Russell, 102 N.W. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 42 (2007)).

Superseding and Staying Judgments in Georgia, in SUPERSEDING AND STAYING JUDGMENTS: A NATIONAL COMPENDIUM (ABA 2007) (with Laurie Webb Daniel).