Levin College of Law

Thomas Hurst

Professor Emeritus

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0922



J.D., Harvard University (cum laude)
A.B., University of Wisconsin (cum laude)

Teaching and Scholarship

Agency and Partnership, Contracts, Corporations, Corporate Finance, Energy Law, Securities Regulation, Sports Law.

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty in 1974 as Assistant Professor of Law. Named Associate Professor (1977) and Professor of Law (1979); Named Sam T. Dell Research Scholar in 1999.
  • Visiting Faculty: University of Texas College of Law (1978), University of Cambridge, U.K. (1983), Emory University School of Law (1989).
  • U.S. Department of Labor: Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, D.C. (1969-70).
  • Professional Affiliations: American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, Wisconsin State Bar, 5th and 7th United States Courts of Appeal, National Association of Securities Dealers.


Sports Law - LAW 6930
  • This synchronous distance course will cover a suite of topics that arise in sports management and the sports agency industry. The course will focus on how different legal principles arise in this context using case law and secondary sources. Students will learn about both the law and the practice of sports law.
Corporations - LAW 6063
  • The central question in corporate law is, from an internal corporate governance perspective, how to make the American corporate system successful, for both the shareholder owners of the corporation, and the broader society. The answers, obtained primarily from a mix of state and federal statutory and case law, derive primarily from our understanding of economics, and the agency ethical issues relating to corporate fiduciaries managing others’ property. We will begin with a look at some basic corporate law matters, such as vertical and horizontal governance (money and power) issues as well as “internal” relationships with “outside” corporate constituencies, such as creditors. After setting down a groundwork for the firm and its governance, the body of our course will focus on regulatory law, namely vertical and horizontal duties of care and loyalty, and exculpating/cleansing those duties. We will conclude with an introduction to a wide variety of vertical and horizontal M&A and takeover issues, including takeover defenses (Unocal doctrine), sales (Revlon and Time doctrines) and freeze-outs (Weinberger doctrine).



  • INSTRUCTORS MANUAL, CASES AND MATERIALS ON CORPORATIONS (Co-author) (Anderson Publishing Co., 1999).
  • CASES AND MATERIALS ON CORPORATIONS (Co-author) (Anderson Publishing Co., 1999).

Representative Law Reviews / Journals

  • Securities Fraud and the Internet, 8 J. Fin. Crime 1 (2001).
  • Securities Fraud and the Internet: Adopting Existing regulatory Schemes to New Technology 21 Company Law 51, (2000).
  • Payment of Student Athletes: Legal and Practical Obstacles (with Pressly) 7 Vill. Sports & Ent. L.J. 55 (2000) [bepress]
  • Teaching Limited Liability Companies in the Basic Business Associations Course, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 773 (2000)
  • The Effect of Repeal of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption on Franchise Relocations (with McFarland) 8 J. Art & Ent. L. 263 (1998).