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Chad Marzen
Associate Professor of Legal Studies


521 RBA

Legal Studies

J.D., Saint Louis University
B.A., Grinnell College

Insurance Law
Tort Law
Crop Insurance


            Professor Marzen is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies in Business at the College of Business at Florida State University, where he has taught courses such as The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Law for Accountancy, Uniform Commercial Code Business Law Problems, and the Legal and Political Aspects of Insurance. He grew up on a farm in north central Iowa. He received a B.A. from Grinnell College in 2005 and a J.D. from Saint Louis University in 2008. He practiced in an insurance defense law firm in Omaha, Nebraska for approximately two-and-a-half years between 2008 and 2011 before his appointment at Florida State University. He is a member of the state bars of Iowa and Nebraska.

            Professor Marzen is an author or co-author of approximately 40 published or forthcoming academic articles. His authored or co-authored articles have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as the Baylor Law Review, Oklahoma Law Review, Syracuse Law Review, San Diego Law Review, Saint Louis University Law Journal, Mississippi Law Journal, University of Louisville Law Review, West Virginia Law Review, Albany Law Review, Vermont Law Review, North Dakota Law Review, University of Dayton Law Review, Journal of Insurance Regulation, Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice, New York University Journal of Law and Business, New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Virginia Law & Business Review, Journal of College of University Law, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, and the William and Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review, among others. He has served as an expert witness on three crop insurance cases in federal court and has presented on federal crop insurance issues at the Boston College Law School, Creighton University School of Law and the University of North Dakota School of Law. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association (2013). He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy of the University of Texas School of Law.

Chad Marzen - Vita (PDF)

To read his current and past research, as well as his working papers, please visit Professor Marzen's research page on the Social Science Research Network.



Marzen, C., “Statutes of Limitation and Crop Insurance,” Syracuse Law Review _____ (forthcoming, 2018)

Marzen, C., “Public Records Denials,” New York University Journal of Law & Liberty _____ (forthcoming, 2018)

Marzen, C., “Agriculture and Res Ipsa Loquitur,” Oklahoma Law Review, Volume 70, Issue 3, pgs. 679-698 (2018)

Marzen, C., Prum, D., & Aalberts, R., “The New Sharing Economy: The Role of Property, Tort and Contract Law for Managing the Airbnb Model,” New York University Journal of Law and Business, Volume 13, Issue 2, pgs. 295-336 (2017) (lead article)

Marzen, C., “Home Warranty Regulation Through the Lens of Florida’s Home Warranty Statute: Claims, Issues and Remedies,” University of Louisville Law Review, Volume 55, Issue 1, pgs. 1-24 (2017) (lead article)

Marzen, C. & Ballard, G., “Climate Change and Federal Crop Insurance,” Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Volume 43, Issue 2, pgs. 387-410 (2016)

  • Recognized as one of Top 20 law review articles for the year in environmental law by the Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review, 47 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10649 (August, 2017)

Marzen, C., “Public Policy Considerations Concerning Forum Selection Clauses in Insurance Contracts,” Saint Louis University Law Journal, Volume 61, Issue 1, pgs. 83-115 (2016)

Marzen, C., “Bankruptcy and Federal Crop Insurance,” Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Volume 34, Issue 3, pgs. 328-346 (2016) (lead article)

Marzen, C., “Public Policy Considerations Concerning Insurance Bad Faith and Residual Market Mechanisms,” Baylor Law Review, Volume 66, Issue 2, pgs. 388-424 (2014)

  • Cited in Amicus Brief of Georgia Chamber of Commerce in Support of Defendant-Appellant in Camacho v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, No. 16-425 (2016 WL 5368539, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit)
  • Cited in Brief of Amicus Curiae Insurance Council of Texas in USAA Texas Lloyd’s Company v. Menchaca, No. 14-0721 (2016 WL 5795487, Supreme Court of Texas)

Marzen, C.,Hispanics in the Heartland: The Fremont, Nebraska Immigration Ordinance and the Future of Latino Civil Rights,” Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Volume 29, pgs. 69-93 (2013)

Marzen, C., “Crop Insurance Bad Faith: Protection for America’s Farmers,” Creighton Law Review, Volume 46, Issue 4, pgs. 619-652 (2013) (“Strengthening America’s Farmland: Perspectives on Practicing Agricultural Law” symposium issue)

  • Cited in 7 U.S.C.A. § 1501 (“Federal Crop Insurance Act”) (West)




2014 Ralph J. Bunche Award for Outstanding International Business Law Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, August 2014 (awarded with Professor Robert Aalberts and Professor Darren Prum)

Distinguished Scholar Award, Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association, 2013. Award was presented by Rear Admiral (ret.) Robert C. Marlay, Ph.D., at the 2013 Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C.



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