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Harold A. Weston

Clinical Associate Professor    

J.D., Emory University School of Law
B.A., University of Rochester


Risk management
Property/ casualty and professional liability insurance
Insurance regulation
Legal studies
Financial planning
Business ethics education


Harold Weston is clinical associate professor of risk management and insurance in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He teaches risk management and insurance, personal financial planning and wealth management, and business law in the MBA program.

He is a licensed attorney in Georgia and California, and holds the CPCU, RPLU and ARM insurance designations. He previously held producer licenses in property-casualty and life-health.

Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Weston was engaged in private and corporate legal practice, mostly in California, and as a consultant on insurance and risk management. He has advised and litigated almost all aspects of insurance coverage and “bad faith” cases, through appeals, including two published California decisions. He has also litigated insurance defense, agent-broker professional liability and other commercial cases.

Prof. Weston’s corporate insurance experience was as senior counsel at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in the coverage counsel office, and then in the general counsel office handling regulatory compliance, agency-broker matters, policy forms drafting and manuscript endorsements, professional liability, financial institutions privacy, and general business matters.

Prof. Weston has been a member of the board of directors of the Atlanta CPCU Society Chapter, and was president of the chapter in 2014. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals and Journal of Risk Education. Other professional memberships and involvement include Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Risk and Insurance Management Society, and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

  • Weston, “Case Study: Life Insurers’ Decision To Use Retained Asset Accounts For Life Insurance Payouts,” Risk Management and Insurance Review, (forthcoming).
  • Weston, “Asset Management for Downside Risks, for High-Income Clients and Small-Business Owners,” Journal of Financial Services Professionals, 69(4): 53-61 (2015).
  • Weston and G. Harrison, “Climate Change and Risk: A Multidisciplinary Risk Course,” Journal of Risk Education, vol. 5 (1), 9-20 (2014).
  • Margaret Sherman, Harold Weston, Susan Willey and Nancy Mansfield, “Risky Business: Managing Risk in a Complex and Connected World,” Revue Management and Avenir, vol. 74: 159-173 (2014).
  • Susan Willey and Harold Weston, “Introducing Risk Management Concepts To Business Law Students: It’s More Than Contracts,” Atlantic Law Journal, vol. 16: 20-54 (2014),
  • Weston, “A la Carte Coverage. Unbundling Causes of Losses and Coverage Grants to Allow Consumer-Insured Selection.” Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, vol. 11 (1): 39-88 (Fall 2013)
  • Weston, “From Fire Insurance to Home Owner’s and Commercial Property Insurance,” Property Casualty Insider (June 2013).
  • Weston, “Case Study: Phone Hacking And Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation,” Ivey Business School Publishing (2013).
  • Weston, “The Imperfect Match Between Long-Term Care Risk and Long-Term Care Insurance” Journal of Financial Service Professionals, vol. 66 (4): 37-43 (July 2012).
  • Pierce, Weston, Levy & Valentine, Defending The Insured (Aspen Publishers, 2005 – 2012).
  • Weston, “Contract Perfection and the Despair of Getting the Consumer to Read the Insurance Contract,” PLUS Journal (May 2012).
  • Weston, “The Risk of Too Much Governance: Tax Form 990 And The Real And Imagined Requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley.” Corporate Governance Advisor, vol. 21 (1): 21-28 (Jan-Feb. 2012).

Books and Encyclopedia Entries

  • Pierce, Weston, Levy, McMahan, Insurance Practices and Coverage in Liability Defense, Second Edition (Wolters Kluwer, 2013 – 2015).
  • Pierce, Weston, Levy & Valentine, Defending The Insured (Aspen Publishers, 2005 – 2012).
    Weston, Annotation, “The Insured’s Duty to Read the Insurance Policy As Affirmative Defense in Claims Against Insurance Agents and Brokers,” 8 ALR 6th 549 (2005).
  • Weston, Annotation, “Educator’s Liability Insurance,” 94 A.L.R. 5th 567 (2001).
  • Weston, Annotation, “Lawyers’ Professional Liability Insurance,” 92 A.L.R. 5th 273 (2001).
  • Weston, Annotation, “Effect of Motor Carrier Act Provisions on Insurance and Indemnity Agreements (49 U.S.C.A. 13906, 14102) in Allocating Losses,” 157 A.L.R. Fed. 549 (1999).