Profiles: William Gallagher

William Gallagher

William Gallagher

School of Law

Professor at Golden Gate University, Tax Consultant


What led you to teach at GGU?

I chose GGU Law over other law schools because of the opportunity to help build an outstanding IP Law Program in a strong market for IP legal services.

How long have you been teaching at GGU?

I taught here as an adjunct professor for four years before becoming a full-time law faculty member.

Why do you like teaching at GGU?

The students are interesting and challenging.

What advice can you give current students to help them succeed after they've completed their GGU education?

The same advice I would give to any law student: work hard, take this seriously if you want people to take you seriously. Learn how to write very wellsince I don't hear many people asking for lawyers in this field who can write and analyze just OK.

Why do you like this field?

Its fast-paced and ever-changing and very interesting because of that. Plus, many cutting-edge IP disputes implicate core public policy issues that make you think deeply about what should be the right result.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I am very proud of the work that I along with my colleagues, Professors Marc Greenberg and Chester Chuang have accomplished in putting together one of the best IP Law programs in the country in one of the most sophisticated legal markets for IP law in the world. I am also especially proud to be the founding editor of The IP Law Book Review, which is the only peer-reviewed journal of reviews of academic books on IP law and policy in the world.

William Gallagher is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the IP Law Center at the Golden Gate University School of Law, where he teaches courses on intellectual property litigation, intellectual property law, torts, and legal ethics. He is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the UC Berkeley School of Law (2009-2010). He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California's IP Law Section.

Professor Gallagher previously taught as a lecturer in intellectual property law and ethics at the Santa Clara University School of Law. He received his JD from the UCLA School of Law; his Ph.D. from the University of California , Berkeley School of Law (Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program); his MA from the University of Chicago; and his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gallagher is the author of articles on intellectual property law and professional ethics, which have appeared in the Santa Clara Law Review, Pepperdine Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Center for the Study of Law and Society/Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program Faculty Working Papers (University of California, Berkeley School of Law), and the Law and Politics Book Review. His edited book, International Essays in Law and Society: Intellectual Property, was published in 2007 by Ashgate Press.

Before entering full-time academia, Professor Gallagher was a partner in the San Francisco office of a major law firm, where he specialized in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and related intellectual property litigation in both state and federal courts nationwide.