Elissa Philip Gentry

Elissa Philip Gentry

Elissa Philip Gentry

Kevin Wood and Mary Jo Peed Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Main Classroom Building, Room 315
Phone: 850.644.7265


Ph.D., Law and Economics, Vanderbilt University, 2016
J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2016
B.S., Vanderbilt University, 2010

Elissa Philip Gentry is the Kevin Wood and Mary Jo Peed Professor at Florida State University College of Law. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics and is an Associate Member at the Toulouse School of Economics. She previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Toulouse, France, and a judicial clerk for the Honorable Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, in Philadelphia. She holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from Vanderbilt University.

An empiricist by training, Professor Gentry’s research lies at the intersection of health law, risk and uncertainty, pharmaceutical regulation, and economics. Her work focusing on risk regulation in drugs and medical devices has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, as well as law reviews like Hastings Law Review and Tennessee Law Review. Her current projects include empirical evidence on the effect of judicial opinions on pharmaceutical strategy in R&D. Professor Gentry’s other line of research examines heterogeneity in the value of a statistical life (VSL) and a statistical injury (VSI), important metrics in assessing health benefits in regulation. Her work on this topic has been published in the Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. While vast majority of her work is empirical, Professor Gentry has non-empirical work examining legal doctrines surrounding medical malpractice claims forthcoming in Arizona State Law Journal and Indiana Law Review.

Professor Gentry’s work has been presented at health-related sessions spanning both the law and economics fields, including the American Society of Health Economists conference, Southern Economic Association conference, NBER Productivity Seminar, Empirical Health Law Conference, Society for Risk Analysis, and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. She has provided testimony to the Florida Civil Justice Subcommittee regarding empirical evidence on consumer responses to attorney advertising. She also participates in judicial education, speaking about the regulation of emerging risks at George Mason’s Symposium on Scientific Methodology and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Disregarding Uncertainty, Marginalizing Patients, 57 Ind. L. Rev.__ (forthcoming 2024)

The Misapplication of the Major Questions Doctrine to Emerging Risks (with W. Kip Viscusi), 61 Hous. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2024)

When Patients are Assailants: Attitudes toward Healthcare Occupational Risks (with W. Kip Viscusi), __J. Benefit-Cost Analysis 1 (2023)

Damned Causation, 54 Ariz. St. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2022)

A Socially Beneficial False Claims Act?, 88 Tenn L. Rev. 725 (2021)

Contaminated Relationships in the Opioid Crisis (with Benjamin McMichael), 72 Hastings L.J. 827 (2021)

Responses to Liability Immunization: Evidence from Medical Devices (with Benjamin McMichael), 17 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 789 (2020)

Empirical Evidence of Risk Penalties for NTI Drugs, 52 J. Risk & Uncertainty 219 (2019)

Asymmetric Effects of Changes in Workers’ Compensation Laws (with W. Kip Viscusi), 21 Am. L. & Econ. Rev. 307 (2019)