Thomas V. Burch


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


Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Litigation Clinic
Contract Drafting
Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar

Biographical Information: 

Thomas V. Burch joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2011 after starting his academic career as an assistant visiting professor at the Florida State University College of Law in 2009.  He works closely with the law school’s moot court program and Appellate Litigation Clinic.

Burch teaches Appellate Advocacy in the fall semester of the students’ second year, helping students improve their brief writing and oral argument skills.  He also coaches moot court teams in both the fall and spring semesters, helping students continue the program’s long history of success.

As part of the Appellate Litigation Clinic during the fall and spring semesters, Burch helps students edit appellate briefs submitted to the federal circuit courts of appeal, and he assists students in preparing for oral arguments before those courts.  In the summer, Burch supervises the Appellate Litigation Clinic, helping students create and submit clemency petitions to the U.S. Office of the Pardon Attorney and certiorari petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Additionally, Burch teaches Contract Drafting and a seminar on alternative dispute resolution.  He also has published several articles on arbitration, which have appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Kansas Law Review, the Florida State University Law Review, the American Arbitration Association Handbook on Dispute Resolution, the American Arbitration Association Dispute Resolution Journal and the Georgia Bar Journal

Before entering the legal academy in 2009, Burch was a litigation associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Ga.; Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Ala.; and Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee, Fla. 

Burch earned bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude in Spanish and summa cum laude in finance, both from Mississippi State University.  He earned his law degree cum laude from Florida State University, where he served as legislative editor of the Florida State University Law Review and was named co-winner of the best student law review article for volume 31.

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,  AAA 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 Legis. 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).