Mark E. Budnitz photoMark E. Budnitz

Practice Areas

  • Consumer Financial Services

Professor of Law Emeritus

Mark Budnitz teaches Commercial Paper and Payment Systems, Consumer Protection, Sales, and The Law of Electronic Commerce. Prior to teaching at Georgia State, he was an attorney in legal services programs for the poor, including serving as the Executive Director of the National Consumer Law Center. He also headed the Bankruptcy Reorganization branch of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s southeastern regional office. In addition, he has taught at Boston University and Emory University.

Professor Budnitz specializes in consumer protection, with a special interest in electronic payment systems. He has published over thirty articles on this and other topics. In addition, he has written books on credit reporting and bankruptcy. For many years he wrote yearly updates for two other books, Consumer Banking and Payments Law and the Law of Lender Liability.

Professor Budnitz lectures widely on payment systems before groups such as bar associations, regulators, and consumer lawyers and professors. He is a member of the American Law Institute. He is on the board of directors of the National Consumer Law Center and the Advisory Committee of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. He was a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. He is the former Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law. In 2005 he received the Patricia T. Morgan Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship. He received the 1998 Writing Competition Award from the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.

Professor Budnitz graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Advisory Committee of Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Consumer Law Center
  • Former member, Federal Reserve Board, Consumer Advisory Council
  • Former Executive Director of the National Consumer Law Center
  • Former Co-Chair, ABA Task Force on Consumer Involvement, UCC Committee, Business Law Section
  • Former Co-Chair, ABA Working Group on Consumer Protection, Cyberspace Law Committee, Business Law Section

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