Larry T. Garvin

Lawrence D. Stanley Professor of Law
Contact Information:

(614) 292-6073 Drinko 325


Curriculum Vitae Publications

  • B.A., Michigan State University, History, 1983 (with honors)
  • B.S., Michigan State University, Physiology and Biochemistry, 1983 (with honors)
  • M.S., University of Michigan, Neurosciences, 1986
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1989

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Law and Economics
  • Small Business Finance


  • Contracts
  • Sales and Leases
  • Small Business
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

Research Interests:

  • Contracts and commercial law, especially using neo-classical and behavioral economics

Previous Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Florida State University College of Law
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Florida State University College of Law
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Texas Law School; Washington University School of Law, St. Louis
  • Associate, Shea and Gardner, Washington, D.C.
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Edward N. Cahn, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Commissioner on Uniform State Laws, 2005-present
  • Chair, Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law, Association of American Law Schools, 2005
  • Managing Editor, The Yale Law Journal
  • Article Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation

Selected Publications:

  • The Law of Entrepreneurial Finance (with D. Gordon Smith) (forthcoming Aspen 2007).
  • Farnsworth on Contracts (3d ed. Supp. forthcoming 2006) (with E. Allan Farnsworth).
  • Secured Transactions and Payment Systems: Problems and Answers (with John F. Dolan et al.) (2d ed. Aspen 2003).
  • “Credit, Information, and Trust in the Law of Sales: The Credit Seller’s Right of Reclamation,” 44 UCLA Law Review 247-360 (1996).
  • “Adequate Assurance of Performance: Of Risk, Duress, and Cognition,” 69 University of Colorado Law Review 69-173 (1998).
  • “Disproportionality and the Law of Consequential Damages: Default Theory and Cognitive Reality,” 59 Ohio State Law Journal 339-428 (1998).
  • “Uncertainty and Error in the Law of Sales: The Article Two Statute of Limitations,” 83 Boston University Law Review 345-399 (2003).
  • “Small Business and the False Dichotomies of Contract Law,” 40 Wake Forest Law Review 295 (2005).