Faculty: Samuel Ernst

Samuel Ernst

Associate Professor of Law
San Francisco
GGU Faculty Bios

Samuel F. Ernst is an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he teaches in the areas of intellectual property, contracts, patent law, and copyright law.  Professor Ernst has authored numerous law review articles on patent law and contract law and is the co-author with Judge Timothy Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit of the chapter on "Patents" in the treatise  Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts.    From 2013 to 2017, Professor Ernst was a professor at the Chapman University Fowler School of Law.  Prior to entering academia Professor Ernst was a partner at the international law firm of Covington & Burling in San Francisco, practicing intellectual property and appellate litigation while maintaining an active pro bono practice focusing on veterans disability recovery, civil liberties, and homeless advocacy.  During these years Professor Ernst also co-taught Pre-Trial Civil Litigation at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.  After law school Professor Ernst served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy Dyk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In 2010, Professor Ernst was recognized by the Federal Circuit Bar Association for his work on behalf of veterans.  In 2006 and 2008, he received a Certificate of Excellence from the Berkeley Food and Housing Project.


LAW 705
LAW 823E
Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law & Practice
  • Copyright Law


  • Contract Law
  • Intellectual Property Law


  • JD, Georgetown University School of Law
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University Fowler School of Law
  • Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, San Francisco
  • Associate, Heller Ehrman LLP, San Francisco
  • Instructor, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


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  • Member, State Bar of California, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • The Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association

honors and awards

  • Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star (2011, 2012)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Certificate of Excellence (for veterans advocacy) (2010, 2011)
  • Berkeley Food and Housing Project Certificate of Excellence (for homeless advocacy) (2006, 2008)
  • Order of the Coif and Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Graduate Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship Awards, University of California, Los Angeles
  • College and Major Honors, Chancellor’s Award, Dean’s Award, University of California, Santa Cruz