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Mark Geistfeld
Sheila Lubetsky Birnbaum Professor of Civil Litigation
New York University School of Law

Mark Geistfeld is currently the Sheila Lubetsky Birnbaum Professor of Civil Litigation at New York University School of Law, where he has been a member of the full-time faculty since 1991.

Professor Geistfeld received his J.D. from Columbia University, after having served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. He also received a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia, with highest distinction, and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His primary teaching areas are Insurance, Products Liability, and Torts.

Professor Geistfeld’s research addresses the common-law rules governing the prevention of and compensation for physical harms. He has also written widely on tort reform, most recently addressing the U.S. Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on punitive damages. Much of his scholarship relies on insurance considerations due to the interplay between tort liability and insurance mechanisms.

Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Professor Geistfeld spent a year as a litigation associate in the New York office of Dewey Ballantine, another year as a law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then another year as a litigation associate in the New York office of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett.

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