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About Elizabeth Chamblee Burch

Elizabeth Chamblee Burch is the author of Mass Tort Deals: Backroom Bargaining in Multidistrict Litigation (2019) and teach Complex Litigation, Mass Torts, and Civil Procedure at the University of Georgia School of Law. In the fall of 2017, she will be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

In 2015, Burch was awarded the American Law Institute’s Early Career 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, Cornell 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 Student Faculty Award for furthering faculty-student relations.

Before entering the legal academy, Burch worked as an associate at Holland & Knight in Atlanta, Georgia, 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.


May 2011 - Present Charles H. Kirbo Chair of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
August 2017 - December 2017 Visiting Professor, Harvard University ‐ Harvard Law School

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Mass Torts, Multidistrict Litigation, Class Actions, and Securities Fraud Class Actions

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Honors and Awards

  • American Law Institute, Young Scholar's Medal, 2015
  • Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008 (Cumberland School of Law)
  • John C. O'Byrne Memorial Student Faculty Award, 2014
  • Florida State University Graduate Teaching Award Recipient, 2011
  • Voted FSU's "Professor of the Year" by Second and Third Year Students, 2010
  • Franklin & White Faculty Scholarship Award, 2008
  • Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Professional Responsibility Scholarship, 2015


  • Multidistrict Litigation: Law, Practice, and Strategy
  • Complex Litigation
  • Mass Torts
  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Law and Literature


2001 - 2004 JD, Florida State University College of Law
1996 - 2000 B.A., Vanderbilt University

Contact Information

University of Georgia School of Law
225 Herty Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602


Recent Works (1)

Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation: The Social Network (6)

Includes both the article and detailed versions of its social network graphs (figures 2-6)

Multidistrict Litigation and Nonclass Aggregate Litigation (13)

Class Actions (6)