Paul F. Kirgis

B.A., Colgate University
J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law (magna cum laude)

Paul F. Kirgis began teaching at St. John's University School of Law in 1998.  His primary field of interest is Dispute Resolution.  He is Faculty Chair of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, which he founded pursuant to a gift from former New York Governor and St. John's Alumnus Hugh L. Carey.

Professor Kirgis teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Evidence, and Negotiation.  His scholarship focuses on dispute resolution both within and outside of the traditional civil litigation paradigm.  He has published widely on topics ranging from the civil jury to arbitration to negotiation pedagogy. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, the Negotiation Journal, the Oregon Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the Ohio State Law Review, and the Georgia Law Review, among others.

A member of the American Law Institute, Professor Kirgis is the Chair of the AALS Dispute Resolution Section for 2014-15. He is a regular contributor to Indisputably, the ADR Prof Blog. He is a certified community mediator in New York and has worked on a variety of dispute resolution training programs, including a joint program bringing St. John’s and Fordham Law Schools together with the Giving to Ghana Foundation to train court-connected mediators in Ghana.

Professor Kirgis received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Washington & Lee Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. from Colgate University.  Prior to coming to St. John's, Professor Kirgis practiced with two major law firms in Washington, D.C., where he had extensive litigation experience in areas including defamation, insurance coverage, commercial disputes, antitrust, government contracts, and tax.  

Professor Kirgis was awarded the Faculty Outstanding Achievement Medal by St. John's University in 2012 in recognition of his work with the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution. He has twice been voted the Law School's Professor of the Year by the students, first in 2001-02 and again in 2011-12. 

He was a Visiting Professor at William & Mary School of Law in the fall of 2004.