Professor Germain joined the College of Law faculty in 2002, and teaches and conducts research in the areas contracts, taxation, commercial law, bankruptcy, and corporate law. He publishes widely on the subject of bankruptcy. Beginning in 2009, Germain established a pro bono bankruptcy program and bankruptcy clinic, through which law students assist low income residents through the bankruptcy processes. The students help gather and organize the client’s financial information, prepare filings and represent the clients in court.
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.