Dean & Professor of Law
B.S., Ball State University; J.D., Valparaiso University; LL.M., Yale Law School
|Prior to joining Belmont University College of Law as the Founding Dean,
Jeffrey Kinsler was a Professor of Law and Senior Scholar at Elon
University. Prior thereto, he was Dean of Appalachian School of Law,
which he led to full ABA approval during his tenure.
The winner of nine teaching awards, Dean Kinsler has taught at several law schools in the United States and Australia. He also has served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Queensland in Australia. Dean Kinsler was a partner with Katten, Muchin & Zavis in Chicago, “of counsel” and associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and, more recently, “of counsel” at the Kingsport, Tennessee law firm of Hunter, Smith & Davis.
A member of the Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin bars, he has co-authored ten books and has published numerous law review articles in journals at law schools such as the University of North Carolina, Northwestern University, and Vanderbilt University.
He obtained his undergraduate degree with honors from Ball State University, graduated first in his class at Valparaiso University School of Law, and obtained a master of laws degree from Yale Law School. In 2006, he was named a “Virginia Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, and he was elected to the American Law Institute in 2009.