Allan Vestal Profile

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Business Association Law, Secured Transactions, Real Estate


JD – Yale University Law School
BA – Yale University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Drake Law School dean (2009-2014)
Drake Law School professor since 2014
Dean and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law
Professor and associate dean at Washington & Lee University School of Law
Private practice specializing in business and commercial transactions, regulated industries, and civil trials and appeals

Selected Publications

  • The Other Lawyer in the Courtroom: The Prosecutor in To Kill a Mockingbird, 86 Mississippi Law Journal 167 (2016).
  • Disenthralling Ourselves…Notes from My Final Year as Dean, 46 University of Toledo Law Review 407 (2015).
  • The Lingering Bigotry of State Constitution Religious Tests, 15 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 55 (2015).
  • To Soften Their Obdurate Hearts: The Southern Baptist Convention and Marriage Equality, 21 Law & Sexuality: A Review of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Legal Issues 49 (2012).
  • Contractarianism and Its Discontents: Reflections on Unincorporated Business Organization Law Reform, 42 Suffolk University Law Review (2008) (with J. William Callison).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Elected member of the American Law Institute
  • Kentucky Justice Association Consumer Safety Award (2008)
  • Medallion “in recognition of outstanding contributions towards modernizing Kentucky Business Law” from the National Association of Secretaries of State (2007)
  • Public Advocate’s Award from the Office of Public Advocate (2005)
  • Distinguished Professor Award from Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Washington & Lee University Law School (1993-1994 and 1994-1995)

Additional Information

Allan Vestal Curriculum Vitae

Law School Events
February 26, 2018
05:00 PM - 06:45 PM
March 5, 2018
12:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Law School News
February 2, 2018
Four alumni from Drake Law School were named to the Business Record’s 2018 Forty Under 40 list, which recognizes local business leaders in the Greater Des Moines area.