Curtis Bridgeman

College of Law Dean and Roderick & Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law

Curtis Bridgeman is the Dean and Professor of Law at the College of Law, as well as the Roderick and Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches Contracts to first-year law students.

After spending two years in the US Army, Dean Bridgeman attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned both a doctorate in philosophy and his JD. Following graduation, Bridgeman clerked for Judge Gilbert Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville, Tenn. In 2004, Bridgeman joined the faculty at Florida State University School of Law, where he received the University Graduate Teaching Award in 2009 and where law students selected him three times as “Professor of the Year.” From 2011-13, he was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at FSU.

A leading scholar in the field of contracts and commercial law, Bridgeman has published numerous journal articles in leading law reviews, and he's been an invited speaker at law schools around the globe.


  • JD, Vanderbilt University
  • PhD (Philosophy), Vanderbilt University
  • MA, Vanderbilt University
  • BA, University of Alabama in Huntsville