Grace M. Giesel

Bernard Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor


Professor Giesel, the Bernard Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor, currently teaches Contract Law, Professional Responsibility, and Secured Transactions.

Professor Giesel strives to provide an environment for her students to learn doctrine and skills in a rigorous but comfortable setting. Professor Giesel's scholarly interests include contract and professional responsibility issues with particular focus on the attorney-client privilege, the nature of the relationship of attorney and client, in-house and corporate representation, and contracts and public policy.

Professor Giesel is also the co-author, with Nathan Crystal, of the textbook, Professional Responsibility: Problems of Practice and the Profession (7th ed. 2019). She is the author of Mastering Secured Transactions (3d ed. 2020), and Mastering Professional Responsibility (2d ed. 2015). Professor Giesel is the revising author of Volume 15 of Corbin on Contracts: Contracts Contrary to Public Policy (2003 ed.).

Professor Giesel has authored numerous articles on issues of professional responsibility and also on contract law matters. Most recently, Professor Giesel has authored 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). In recent years Professor Giesel has also authored Alternative Litigation Finance and the Attorney-Client Privilege, 92 Denver U. L. Rev. 95 (2014); The Attorney-Client Relationship and the Age of Technology, 32 Miss. C. L. Rev. 319 (2013); Alternative Litigation Finance and the Work-Product Doctrine, 47 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1083 (2012).

Professor Giesel is the recipient of the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County Achievement in Excellence Award and is the past Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Committee. She is a frequent speaker on professional responsibility issues. Professor Giesel joined the Brandeis faculty after clerking for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practicing law for several years. A graduate of Yale University, Professor Giesel received her J.D. degree, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law.