faculty bio
William Gallagher

Professor of Law

Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship

Co-Director, IP Law Center

San Francisco
  • 415-369-5339

Co-Editor: The IP Law Book Review


Intellectual Property Litigation

Intellectual Property Survey

Professional Responsibility

Tort Law


Intellectual Property Law: Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Trade Secrets, Rights of Publicity

Interdisciplinary Study of Law: "Law and Society" approaches to law, legal processes

Legal Profession: Ethics, Trends, Regulation


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

JD, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

MA, University of Chicago

BA, University of California, Berkeley


Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley School of Law, 2009-2010

Former partner in the San Francisco office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, specializing in intellectual property and complex business litigation.

Extensive trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts.

Lecturer in law and sociology at Santa Clara University for eight years, teaching Intellectual Property Law; Legal Ethics; and Business, Technology, and Society.

Co-founder, Collaborative Research Network on Intellectual Property Law and Policy for the Law and Society Association.


Founding Editor: The IP Law Book Review

SSRN Scholarship Social Science Research Network scholarly papers by Prof. Gallagher.

Trademark and Copyright Enforcement in the Shadow of IP Law, 28 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L. J. 453 (2012).

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research, by Peter Cane and Herbert M. Kritzer (eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), in 46 Law & Society Rev. 460 (2012).

IP Legal Ethics in the Everyday Practice of Law: An Empirical Perspective on Patent Litigators, 10 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 309 (2011).

Book review: Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk (Princeton University Press, 2008), by James Bessen and Michael Muerer, in 19 Law & Politics Book Review: 568 (2009).

What is a "Law and Society" Approach to Intellectual Property? Introduction to Intellectual Property, William T. Gallagher, ed. (Ashgate Press, 2007).

Editor, Intellectual Property (Ashgate Press, 2007).

Book Review of Injury: The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States, by Jain, Sarah S. Lochlann (Princeton University Press, 2006).18 Law and Politics Book Review 4 (January 2008).

Strategic Intellectual Property Litigation, the Right of Publicity, and the Attenuation of Free Speech, 45 Santa Clara L. Rev. 581 (2005).

Ideologies of Professionalism and the Politics of Self-Regulation in the California State Bar, 22 Pepperdine L. Rev. 485 (1995).

Review of Judging Credentials: Nonlawyer Judges and the Politics of Professionalism, by Doris Marie Provine. 12 Legal Studies Forum 251 (1988).


Member, Executive Committee, State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section

American Bar Association

International Trademark Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Member, State Bar of California; Court Admissions: US District Courts for the Northern District of California; US District Court for the District of Colorado; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Third Circuit Court of Appeals