Browning Jeffries

Associate Professor

(678) 916-2636


A.B., Duke University, cum laude
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Courses Taught

Transactional Drafting; Advanced Transactional Drafting; Contracts I & II; Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I & II; Pretrial Practice & Procedure; Business Organizations

Career Highlights

Professor Jeffries is an Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall. Additionally, she served as the Associate Dean of Academic Administration from December 2014 through May 2017. Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, Professor Jeffries was an associate, first at the Atlanta office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now Dentons) and then at the Atlanta office of Paul Hastings. At both firms, her practice involved general corporate representation of public and private companies, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.

While in law school, she served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. Also while in law school, she worked with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. and served as a research assistant for the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Professor Jeffries’s scholarship focuses on commercial law issues, and more specifically on abusive entrepreneurial litigation in the business law arena. She has served as a member of the Corporate Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Admitted to Practice




The Plaintiffs’ Lawyer’s Transaction Tax: The New Cost of Doing Business in Public Company Deals, 11 Berkeley Bus. L.J. 55 (2014).

Cited in: Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., 148 A.D.3d 146 (NY. App. Div. 2017); In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016); Griffith v. Quality Distribution, Inc., 2019 WL 3403537 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. July 3, 2018).

The Implications of Janus on Issuer Liability in Jurisdictions Rejecting Collective Scienter, 43 Seton Hall L. Rev. 491 (2013).

Preliminary Negotiations or Binding Obligations? A Framework for Determining the Intent of the Parties, 48 Gonz. L. Rev. 1 (2012-2013).

Cited in: Butler v. Balolia, 736 F.3d 609 (1st Cir. 2013); Pulse Technologies, Inc. v. Notaro, 620 Pa. 322 (2013).

Shareholder Access to Books and Records: The Abrogation Debate, 59 Drake L. Rev. 1087 (2011).

Cited in: Pederson v. Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, 331 P.3d 384 (Alaska 2014); Dougherty v. Doyle, 2014 WL 6453770 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2014); Feuer v. Merck & Co., Inc., 187 A.3d 873 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2018).

Browning Jeffries and Sam R. Snider, The Enforceability of No Talk and No Shop Covenants Under Delaware Law – A Survey of IXC, Toys “R” US, Phelps Dodge, and Ace, 2009 Emerging Issues 3607 (available at Lexis, Emerging Issues Combined by Area of Law, Mergers & Acquisitions).

Media, Public & Professional Appearances

Georgia Latino Law Foundation’s Law Day, hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, presenter of a contract drafting workshop, August 10, 2019.

Emory University School of Law’s Fourth Biennial Conference on Teaching Transactional Law and Skills, Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow, presenter of segment titled Assignments to Use in Business and Drafting Courses, June 6, 2014.

LWI 15th Biennial Conference, presenter on panel titled Creating Effective Legal Writing Problems, May 30, 2012.

LWI One-Day Workshop, presenter on panel titled Transactional Drafting for Business and Non-Business Lawyers, December 2, 2011.

Presented Summer Associate Writing Workshop at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, 2011.

Presented Summer Associate Writing Workshop at Paul Hastings, 2008 and 2009.

Outside the Classroom

Duke Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee: Interview applicants to Duke University and submit recommendations regarding admission, 2016 – present.