Thomas J. Leach
Professor of Law
Director, Advocacy Certificate Program
B.A., Cornell University
M.A.T., Wesleyan University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania
Professor Leach team-teaches Trial Advocacy with Professors Joseph Taylor and Cary Bricker, and developed and teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy (a course added in 1999). He came to Pacific McGeorge in 1996 from Philadelphia, where he was a trial lawyer and partner at the firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath and taught as an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law. He also directs and teaches trial-skills courses for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Professor Leach served a two-year clerkship with Judge Edmund Spaeth of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania before joining his firm in 1978. He litigated in the fields of general corporate and commercial disputes, specializing in franchising, construction, and automotive products liability cases. Professor Leach also was the chair of his firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Resources Group, and litigated several multi- million dollar cases settled through ADR techniques.
Courses: Trial Advocacy, Pursuasive Public Speaking, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Evidence (ITAP)