Grace M. Giesel

Bernard Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor


Grace M. Giesel 

Website Biographical Statement 

January 2022

Professor Giesel, the Bernard Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, teaches Contract Law, Professional Responsibility, and Secured Transactions. 

Professor Giesel is the co-author, with Nathan Crystal, of the textbook, Professional Responsibility:  Problems of Practice and the Profession; the author of Mastering Professional Responsibility (2d ed.), a treatise dealing with legal ethics; the author of Mastering Secured Transactions (2020), and the revising author of Volume 15 of Corbin on Contracts:  Contracts Contrary to Public Policy. She has recently agreed to author, along with five other authors, the 10th Edition of Knapp, Crystal, & Prince’s Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials (forthcoming early 2023), one of the leading textbooks in the Contract Law area.

Professor Giesel also has authored numerous articles on issues of professional responsibility and also on contract law matters. Most recently, Professor Giesel has authored The Entity Attorney-Client Privilege Meets the Twenty-First Century:  Rethinking Functional Equivalent Analysis in the Time of a Nonemployee Workforce, 126 Penn. State L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming early 2022); A New Look at Contract Mistake Doctrine and Personal Releases, 19 Nevada L.J. 535 (Winter 2018) ( and Control of the Attorney-Client Privilege After Mergers  and Other Transformational Transactions:  Should Control of the Privilege Be Alienable by Contract?, 48 Seton Hall L. Rev. 309 (2018) ( 

Professor Giesel is a former Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Committee. She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education programs on professional responsibility issues. A graduate of Yale University, Professor Giesel received her J.D. degree, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law. She is a member of the Order of the Coif.