Jeffrey Thomas


For Jeffrey Thomas, life isn't like a box of chocolates. Instead, life is like a plate of truffles…enrobed with variety and rich in possibilities. He set his sights on law school after exhibiting skill as a high school debater, practiced law for about four years, and then left practice for the freedom and satisfaction of an academic career that he continues to enjoy.

Dean Thomas joined the faculty at University of Missouri Kansas City Law School, where he's presently Associate Dean and Professor of Law. With an international reputation in the field of Insurance Law, Dean Thomas has authored numerous articles that have been published in academic journals in the United States, Europe, China, Thailand, and India. As a scholar, Dean Thomas works diligently "to be a bridge between the academic perspective and the practical perspective." He was Editor-in-Chief of the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide (2007), and is remaining in that role for the forthcoming New Appleman on Insurance Library Edition, striving for the work to be authoritative but also practical. Dean Thomas also has written about Harry Potter—the interrelationship of culture and law amongst Hogwarts and Muggles, and is co-editing a book about it with contributions for its 22 chapters coming from around the world.

When not involved in academia or writing, Dean Thomas enjoys traveling, and will be spending Spring 2010 working in Jordan and Russia. When at home, he indulges in his passion for chocolate by making truffles. He recommends Callebaut for the interior and, when asked for advice about tricks for making good truffles, Dean Thomas says "you want a nice finish." Given his accomplishments, that seems to be exactly what he's crafted for himself.

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