Thomas P. Gallanis

Visiting Verner F. Chaffin Chair in Fiduciary Law

B.A., Yale University
J.D., University of Chicago
LL.M., Ph.D., Cambridge University


Fiduciary Law: Emerging Issues and New Directions

Biographical Information: 

Thomas P. Gallanis is the associate dean for research and Vestal Chair in Law at the University of Iowa. He also holds a courtesy appointment as a professor of history at Iowa. He is serving as the visiting Verner F. Chaffin Chair in Fiduciary Law in the fall of 2019 at UGA. In this role, he will teach a course titled Fiduciary Law: Emerging Issues and New Directions.

He previously served as the associate dean for research and faculty development and Davis Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, as a professor of law and history at Washington and Lee University, and was a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University. In 2019, he held a visiting professor appointment at the University of Chicago.

Gallanis has played a major role in law reform activities related to fiduciary law. He has served since 2013 as the executive director of the Uniform Law Commission’s Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trusts and Estates Acts. He was the reporter for the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act and the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act. For the American Law Institute, he was an associate reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Trusts. He currently serves as an adviser to the Restatement (Fourth) of Property and the Restatement of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations. He is one of seven U.S. professors elected to the International Academy of Trust and Estate Law, and serves as an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Gallanis earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He also earned his LL.M. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. After law school, he clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has published scholarly articles in journals in the United States, England, France and China. He is the author of treatises and casebooks including Wills, Trusts, and Estates; The Law of Property; Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts, and Estates and Fundamentals of Property Law.