Chaim Saiman

Professor of Law
Chair in Jewish Law


Chaim Saiman is a scholar of Jewish law, insurance law and private law and published Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law with Princeton University Press. Saiman has served as the Gruss Visiting Professor of Talmudic Law at both Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a visiting fellow at Princeton University and a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, Bar-Ilan, Hebrew University, IDC and Pepperdine University faculties of law. Saiman sits as a rabbinical court judge (dayyan) with the Beth Din of America and serves as an expert witness in insurance law and Jewish law in federal court.

Saiman received his BS from Georgia State University and his JD from Columbia University School of Law. He also studied for a number of years at Yeshivat Har-Etzion (Gush) and Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel. Prior to joining the faculty at Villanova, he was an Olin Fellow at Harvard Law School a Golieb Fellow at NYU Law School, a law clerk to Judge Michael McConnell on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as a corporate associate with the firm Cleary Gottlieb in New York. At Villanova, Saiman teaches contracts, insurance law, insurance coverage disputes, Jewish law and arbitration.


Practice Experience

  • Judicial Clerk to Michael McConnell, United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)
  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton (New York)
  • Joined the faculty in 2006

Office: Rm 339, John F. Scarpa Hall
Phone: 610-519-3296



Courses and Seminars

  • Advanced Insurance Seminar
  • Abitration: Law, Policy, and Procedure
  • Commercial and Religious Arbitration
  • Contracts
  • Insurance Law
  • Jewish Law Seminar
  • Legislation



  • Columbia University School of Law, JD
  • Georgia State University, BA
  • Yeshivat Har Etzion
  • Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne