Paul G. Mahoney, B.S. (MIT) 1981; J.D. (Yale) 1984, is a David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he began teaching in 1990 and served as dean from 2008-2016.  Before teaching, he practiced law with the New York firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, the University of Southern California Law School and is a former Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has also worked on legal reform projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Nepal.

Mahoney is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives from 2004 to 2007 and as a director of the American Law and Economics Association from 2002 to 2004. He is a past recipient of the University of Virginia Outstanding Teacher Award and the law school's Traynor Award for excellence in faculty scholarship.