Jeffrey E. Thomas
Associate Dean, Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law
Associate Dean Thomas joined the UMKC Law Faculty in 1993. His research focuses on insurance law and on the intersection between law and culture. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Dean Thomas has developed expertise on terrorism and insurance, and has published a number of recent articles on that topic in the U.S., Asia and Russia.
Dean Thomas attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an executive editor on the California Law Review. As an undergraduate, Dean Thomas studied political science at Loyola Marymount University, but spent most of his time engaged in intercollegiate debate.
Before joining the faculty, Thomas spent five years practicing law in Southern California with the law firm Irell and Manella. He worked on civil litigation and insurance coverage matters. Prior to practicing law, he was a law clerk to M. Joseph Blumenfeld of the Federal District Court in Hartford, Conn.
He has taught alternative compensation systems (advanced tort), appellate advocacy, civil procedure, economics and the law, environmental and toxic torts, federal jurisdiction, and insurance law. He is currently working with the school’s LL.M. program for international students and in that program teaches the courses Introduction to Law and Lawyering, Introduction to American Law and Legal Culture and Introduction to American Legal Skills.
Areas of expertise
Insurance law, torts, civil procedure, economics