Professor Germain teaches and conducts research in the areas taxation, commercial law and bankruptcy and corporate law. He publishes widely on the subject of bankruptcy. In 2009, Professor Germain, working with Legal Services, established an internship at the College of Law, through which second and third-year law students work with people going through bankruptcy. The students help gather information, prepare filings and represent the clients in court.
Professor Germain joined the College of Law faculty in 2002.
Professor Germain practiced law for 17 years following graduation from law school, first as an associate for Latham and Watkins in Los Angeles, and then as an associate and partner for Landeis, Ripley & Diamond in San Francisco. He also was a judicial extern to the Honorable Lloyd King, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, and later was an attorney advisor to The Honorable Renato Behghe of the United States Tax Court.