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Jeffrey Davis

Gerald A. Sohn Research Scholar


Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0956

(352) 392-3005

Professor Davis has specialized in Contract, Commercial, and Bankruptcy law since 1973, publishing numerous articles on Consumer Credit, Bankruptcy, and Banking law. He taught at the University of South Dakota, Rutgers-Camden University, and New York University Law Schools before joining the University of Florida faculty in 1981. He is a member of the California, Florida, and American Bar Associations.  He is a past chair of the Bankruptcy/UCC Committee of the Business Section of the Florida Bar, and regularly serves on the Legislation Committee of the Executive Council of the Business Law Section.  From 1995 to 2001 he served as the Reporter for the Business Section’s Special Committee on Post-Judgment Creditors’ Remedies and was the principal drafter of the Florida Judgment Lien Statute.  In recent years he has received the Florida Law School Professor of the Year Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, and has written about Florida’s new Judgment Lien Statute, the use of the In Pari Delicto defense in bankruptcy cases, and the amendments to the Florida Assignment-for-the-Benefit-of-Creditors law, protection of charities from avoidance of donations as fraudulent conveyances, and the first steps taken by the United States and Australia to regulate the decision to grant consumer credit. Professor Davis's scholarship can be found on


LL.M., 1973, University of Michigan; J.D., 1972, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; B.S., 1965, University of California, Los Angeles

Teaching & Scholarship

  • Contracts, Sales, Domestic and International Sales and Lease of Goods, Commercial Paper, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor Relations, Banking Regulation

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined Law faculty in 1981 as Professor. He was named Trustee Research Fellow 1998-99 and was appointed Gerald A. Sohn Research Scholar in 1999.
  • Prior Educational Positions: University of South Dakota (1973-75), Rutgers (1975-78), New York University (1978-1981).
  • Organizations: American Bar Association, California Bar Association, Florida Bar Association (Legislation Committee), Business Law Section Executive Council; Bankruptcy/UCC Committee of Business Section; Reporter, Special Committee on Post Judgment Creditor Remedies.)

Contracts (4 credits) - LAW 5000

  • Introduction to the law and theory of legally enforceable agreements and promises, including elements of contract formation, consideration, effects of non-performance, conditions for relief from or discharge of obligations, and remedies. Prerequisites: None.

Sales (2 or 3 credits) - LAW 6010

  • The law applicable to the sale of goods, including bulk transfers, with emphasis on the legal devices utilized in the distribution of such property.

Payment Systems (2 or 3 credits) - LAW 6031

  • The study of the laws and regulations governing checks and notes, the collection of checks in the banking system, electronic funds transers, credit and debit cards, and other evolving payment systems.

Advanced Problems in Bankruptcy and Debtor - Creditor Law (2 or 3 credits) - LAW 6056

  • The objective of the course is to give the student a grounding in bankruptcy processes, a strengthened appreciation of the philosophical and policy-based underpinnings of bankruptcy, and a deepened understanding of selected aspects of bankruptcy practice. The course will consist of a number of selected problems of current interest in the practice of bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law. Prerequisite: Creditors’ Remedies and Bankruptcy (LAW 6052) or Debtor-Creditor Law (LAW 6050).

Creditor's Remedies & Bankruptcy (3 or 4 credits) - LAW 6052

  • A study of individual collection of monetary judgments and administration of insolvent estates under the Bankruptcy Code and state law. The non-bankruptcy materials cover execution, attachment, garnishment, proceedings in aid of execution and the liens and priority produced by judicial process. Bankruptcy focuses principally on liquidation proceedings and the trustee's powers to avoid transfers, with greater attention being given to business workouts when the course is taught for four credits. Prerequisites: Credit for Debtor-Creditor Law (LAW 6050) precludes additional credit for this course.


  • Regulating for the First Time the Decision to Grant Consumer Credit: A Look at the First Steps Taken by the United States and Australia, 26 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 131 (2015)
  • Choosing Among Innocents: Should Donations to Charities be Protected from Avoidance as Fraudulent Transfers, 22 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 407 (2012)
  • Florida's Beefed-Up Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors as an Alternative to Bankruptcy, 19 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 17 (2008).
  • Ending the Nonsense: The In Pari Delicto Doctrine Has Nothing to do With What is 541 Property of the Bankruptcy Estate, 21 Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal 519 (2005)
  • Fixing Florida's Execution Lien Law Part Two: Florida's New Judgment Lien on Personal Property, 54 Florida Law Review 119 (2002)
  • Fixing Florida's Execution Lien Law, 48 Florida Law Review 658 (1996)
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