Jeffrey E. Thomas

Jeffrey E. Thomas

Associate Dean, Professor of Law, UMKC School of Law

Contact Info

Associate Dean
Professor of Law
Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Scholar
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
500 E. 52nd Street 
Kansas City, MO 64110
Tel: (816) 235–1644


Dean Thomas served on the CGL Reporter Editorial Board from 2004 to 2006. He wrote summaries on premises and general liability issues.

Associate Dean Thomas is the editor-in-chief of the New Appleman Library Edition, after serving in that capacity for the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide. His work has been presented in academic journals in the United States, Europe, China, Thailand, and India.

Dean Thomas has a national and international reputation in the field of insurance law. His work has been published in academic journals in the United States, Europe, China, Thailand, and India. Recent articles include "Insurance Perspectives on Federal Financial Regulatory Reform: Addressing Misunderstandings and Providing a View from a Different Paradigm" in the Villanova Law Review and "Insurance Law Between Business Law and Consumer Law," published in the American Journal of Comparative Law. Dean Thomas also is the coauthor with Alan Widiss of the three-volume treatise Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance. He was recently elected to membership in the American Law Institute and was invited to be an adviser to the Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance project for the ALI.

Dean Thomas also writes about law and popular culture. He is the coeditor of the book The Law and Harry Potter, published by Carolina Academic Press, and recently contributed a chapter on the television show "The Practice" for the book Lawyers in your Living Room, published by the ABA.

Dean Thomas has been teaching Civil Procedure and introductory courses in his school's LLM program for foreign lawyers. Before joining the faculty, he practiced law with the firm of Irell & Manella, where a portion of his practice focused on insurance coverage issues. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was an executive editor on the California Law Review.