Gregory M. Stein

Gregory M. Stein
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter Distinguished Professor of Law

  • A.B., 1983, Harvard University
    J.D., 1986, Columbia University

  • Location: Room 375
  • Phone Number: 865-974-6812
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  • Courses Taught: Contracts, Land Acquisition and Development, Land Finance Law, Land Use Law, Law and Economics, Property, Advanced Property
  • Additional Information: Curriculum Vitae (pdf), SSRN


Publications of Gregory M. Stein

Professor Stein joined the UT faculty in 1990 after practicing law with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. His practice experience covered various aspects of real estate finance and development and land use, and he currently teaches courses in these areas. His scholarship in these fields has been published in numerous law journals, including those at Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Vermont, Washington, and Washington & Lee. He also is the co-author of a book, now in its second edition, that helps attorneys develop their expertise in commercial real estate law.

Professor Stein served as Visiting Fulbright Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China during the spring semester of 2003 and returned to Shanghai as a Senior Specialist during the summer of 2005. During his time in China, he had the opportunity to conduct research into Chinese real estate law, with a focus on how real estate professionals in China operate against an uncertain and rapidly evolving legal backdrop. He has recently published a book and several articles in this area, focusing on how published law differs from the law as actually practiced.

Professor Stein is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a member of its Board of Governors, and a former member of its Member Selection Committee.  He has served as Chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section of the Association of American Law Schools and as an observer to the NCCUSL Drafting Committee on Partition of Heirs Property. He also has served as vice-chair of the Legal Education Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, a member of the ABA Property Preservation Task Force, and a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal. He speaks regularly on various aspects of real estate law.

Professor Stein received the Marilyn V. Yarbrough Award for Writing Excellence in 2008, the W. Allen Separk Faculty Scholarship Award in 2006, the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, and the Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship in 2001.  He also was awarded the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001 and 1992.  One of Professor Stein’s articles was selected for the Excellence in Writing Award for the Best Overall Article to appear in the journal “Probate and Property” in 2007.


Biography of Gregory M. Stein


Stein, Gregory M., Modern Chinese Real Estate Law: Property Development in an Evolving Legal System(Ashgate 2012)

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Stein, Gregory M., Morton P. Fisher, Jr., & Marjorie P. Fisher, A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions (American Bar Association, 2d edition 2008)

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Stein, Gregory M., Morton P. Fisher, Jr., & Gail M. Stern, A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions (American Bar Association, 2001)

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Property Law, in 4 Berkshire Encyclopedia of China 1797 (Linsun Cheng et al. eds., 2009)

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The House That Ruth Built, in Courting the Yankees: Legal Essays on the Bronx Bombers (Ettie Ward, ed.) (Carolina Academic Press, 2003).

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The Effect of Palazzolo v. Rhode Island on the Role of Reasonable Investment-Backed Expectations, in Taking Sides on Takings Issues: Public and Private Perspectives (Thomas E. Roberts, ed.) (American Bar Association, 2002).

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Nonrecourse Loans, in 2 Commercial Real Estate Financing: What Borrowers and Lenders Need to Know Now 793 (Practising Law Institute, 1999).

Articles & Other Publications

Is China’s Housing Market Heading Toward A U.S.–Style Mortgage Crisis?, 29 Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law ___ (forthcoming 2012)

SSRN, WestlawLexisNexis.

The Modest Impact of Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, 36 Vermont Law Review 675 (2012)


Private and Public Construction in Modern China, 12 San Diego International Law Journal 5 (2010)


Commercial Leasing in China: An Overview, 8 Cornell Real Estate Review 26 (2010)

SSRNJournal Webpage.

Negotiating the Mega-Rebuilding Deal at the World Trade Center: An Introduction, 10 Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law 11 (2008)

Journal WebpageWestlawLexisNexis.

Mortgage Law in China: Comparing Theory and Practice, 72 Missouri Law Review 1315 (2007) SSRN,  Westlaw, LexisNexis.

—reprinted in full in 6 ICFAI Journal of Banking Law, No. 3 at 8 (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India, Hyderabad, India, 2008).

The Chinese Land Use Right: Is It Property?, 21 Probate and Property, No. 5, at 22 (2007)

Journal WebpageWestlawLexisNexis.

—selected as recipient of Excellence in Writing Award for Best Overall Article to appear in Probate and Property in 2007.

Doomed to Re-Repeat History: The Triangle Fire, The World Trade Center Attack, and the Importance of Strong Building Codes, 21 St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary 767 (2007) SSRNWestlaw, LexisNexis.

Acquiring Land Use Rights in Today’s China: A Snapshot From on the Ground, 24 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 1 (2006) SSRN, Westlaw, LexisNexis.

Nuance and Complexity in Regulatory Takings Law, 15 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 389 (2006) Westlaw, LexisNexis.

Early Land Use Cases, Continued Uncertainty: The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 19 Probate and Property, No. 1, at 38 (2005) WestlawLexisNexis.

Takings in the 21st Century: Reasonable Investment-Backed Expectations After Palazzolo and Tahoe-Sierra, 69 Tennessee Law Review 891 (2002) Westlaw, LexisNexis.

—selected by the publishers of Land Use and Environment Law Review as one of the thirty best articles on land use and environmental law published in 2002.

When Can a Nonrecourse Lender Reach the Personal Assets of Its Borrower?, 17 Practical Real Estate Lawyer No. 2, at 33 (2001)  LexisNexis, Westlaw.

Who Gets the Takings Claim? Changes in Land Use Law, Pre-Enactment Owners, and Post-Enactment Buyers, 61 Ohio State Law Journal 89 (2000) Westlaw, LexisNexis.

The Scope of the Borrower’s Liability in a Nonrecourse Real Estate Loan, 55 Washington and Lee Law Review 1207 (1998)  Westlaw, LexisNexis.

Pinpointing the Beginning and Ending of a Temporary Regulatory Taking, 70 Washington Law Review 953 (1995) Westlaw, LexisNexis.

—reprinted in full in Inverse Condemnation and Related Government Liability 423 (American Law Institute-American Bar Association, 1996).

Regulatory Takings and Ripeness in the Federal Courts, 48 Vanderbilt Law Review 1 (1995) Westlaw, LexisNexis.

—excerpted in A Land Use Anthology 179 (Jon W. Bruce, ed.) (Anderson Publishing, 1998).

—reprinted in full in Inverse Condemnation and Related Government Liability 79 (American Law Institute-American Bar Association, 1995).

Hardhat Teaching, The Law Teacher, Fall 1995, p. 1.

Journal Webpage

—excerpted in Gerald F. Hess and Steven Friedland, Techniques for Teaching Law 110 (Carolina Academic Press, 1999).

Note from the Dean: Send after U.S. News Rankings are Published, The Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2008, Section 2, p. 5

Newspaper WebpageWestlaw.

Laws Made To Be Broken, The Washington Post, July 30, 1993, p. A21.


Distinguishing Among Murders When Assessing the Proportionality of the Death Penalty, 85 Columbia Law Review 1786 (1985) - Read: Westlaw, LexisNexis

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