Michael D. Floyd is Professor of Law and director of international studies at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He holds economics, business, and law degrees, from Princeton University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1975), New York University (M.S., with distinction, 1977), and Emory University (J.D., with distinction, 1987). At Emory, he was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow and a member of the editorial board of the Emory Law Journal. His legal experience prior to joining the Cumberland faculty includes the practice of law with the Atlanta, Georgia, law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and a judicial clerkship for the Hon. James C. Hill, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Prior to attending law school, Professor Floyd worked in commercial banking (most recently as vice president and manager of the Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur Southwest Representative Office in Houston, Texas) and in public accounting. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York (currently in non-practicing status), and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
An elected member of the American Law Institute and Order of the Coif, Professor Floyd has been active in various law reform initiatives, and his published writings address a number of financial and commercial law issues. He teaches courses in commercial law, elder law, and property law. He oversees the law school’s Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) program (focused primarily on Brazilian judges), annual study-abroad program in Cambridge, England, and student exchange programs with universities in India and the United Kingdom. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He served as 1998 Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law and 2006-07 President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. At Samford, he served as Cumberland School of Law’s associate dean 1997-00, acting dean 2000-01, and chair of the Samford University Faculty Senate 2010-12.