Thomas V. Burch


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


Appellate Advocacy
Contract Drafting
Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar

Biographical Information

Thomas V. Burch joined the Georgia Law faculty in the fall of 2011 as an instructor offering courses in appellate advocacy, contract drafting and alternative dispute resolution.

Before entering the legal academy in 2009 as an assistant visiting professor at the Florida State University College of Law, Burch was an associate at Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee, Fla., at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Ala., and at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Ga.

His current scholarship focuses on regulating mandatory arbitration. Burch has presented on this topic at the University of Oregon School of Law, at a joint colloquium hosted by the Washington University School of Law and the Saint Louis University School of Law and at the annual Law & Society meeting, to name a few. Additionally, his scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as the Utah Law Review, the Kansas Law Review and the Dispute Resolution Journal.

Burch earned his bachelor's degrees in Spanish and finance from Mississippi State University and his law degree from Florida State University, where he served as legislative editor of the Florida State University Law Review and was named co-winner for the best student article.

Publications & Activities


Regulating Mandatory Arbitration, 2011 Utah L. Rev 1309 (2011).

Manifest Disregard and the Imperfect Procedural Justice of Arbitration, 59 Kan. L. Rev. 47 (2010).

The Effect of Forum Selection Clauses on District Courts' Authority to Compel Arbitration, AAA Dispute Res J. (Nov.-Jan. ed. 2006) (with John Hinchey).

An Arbitrator's Authority to Award Bad Faith Attorney Fees,  Am. Aarb Assn. Dispute Res J. (May-July ed. 2005) (with John Hinchey) (Reprinted in AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION HANDBOOK ON ARBITRATION PRACTICE (Carbonneau and Jaeggi, eds., 2010)).

Necessity Never Made a Good Bargain: When Consumer Arbitration Agreements Prohibit Class Relief, 31 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1005 (2004).

Georgia General Assembly Adopts "Manifest Disregard" as a Ground for Vacating Arbitration Awards: How Will Georgia Courts Treat the New Standard?, Ga. Bar J. 10 (Feb. 2004) (with John Hinchey).

"Doublethink"ing Privacy under the Multi-State Antiterrorism Information Exchange, 29 Seton Hall Legisl. J. 147 (2004).

Non-State Actors in the Nuclear Black Market: Proposing an International Legal Framework for Preventing Nuclear Expertise Proliferation & Nuclear Smuggling by Non-State Actors, 2 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 84 (2004).


Thomas Burch

Contact Information

University of Georgia
School of Law
313A Rusk Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-5236
Fax: (706) 542-5556

Administrative Support

Stacy Harvey
Phone: (706) 542-1195

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