M. Thomas Arnold

Tom Arnold

Professor of LawJohn Rogers Hall 2431
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Professor Arnold earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan. He earned his A.B. summa cum laude and his M.A. from Ohio University. Professor Arnold was an attorney for Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the faculty of the TU College of Law in 1980 and has served as associate dean and as acting dean. He is the coauthor of a treatise on accountants' liability and also writes extensively in the area of business organizations. His teaching interests include agency and partnership, contracts, corporate law, entrepreneurial law and franchise law. In addition, he has taught a summer course in Multinational Corporations and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, Freiburg, Germany, and Dublin, Ireland.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ohio University A.B. (Government)
  • Ohio University M.A. (American Government)
  • University of Michigan J. D.

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Accountant Liability
  • Business Organizations
  • Contract Law
  • Entrepreneurial Law 
  • Franchise Law
  • Multinational Corporations and Human Rights

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 1977-1980 Assistant Professor, Capital University School of Law

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 2005-2008 Associate Dean, Assessment & Institutional Excellence 
  • 2000- Director, Entrepreneurial Law Certificate Program
  • 2001-04, 1993-94, 1997-98 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • 1994-95 Interim Dean
  • 1994-95 Board of Directors, Tulsa County Bar Association
  • 1984-85 President, University Senate
  • Attorney, Michigan Bell Telephone Company


Professional Affiliations

  • Master of the Bar, Council Oaks Johnson-Sontag Chapter, American Inns of Court
  • Admitted to practice, Michigan, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and federal courts for the Eastern District of Michigan

Courses Taught at TU

  • Agency and Partnership
  • Basic Corporate Law
  • Contracts
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Franchise Law

Awards & Recognition

  • 1981-82 Outstanding Faculty Member, T.U. College of Law
  • Outstanding Faculty member by the First Year Class, T.U. College of Law (1996-1997, 1991-1992, 1985-1986, 1982-1983)
  • l983 University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award
  • l979-80 Professor of the Year, Capital University School of Law