F. Scott Kieff

F. Scott Kieff
Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law; C-LEAF Director of Planning and Publications
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

F. Scott Kieff joined the faculty at the George Washington University Law School in the summer of 2009, after serving on the faculty at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Professor in the School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery. He was named Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in the fall of 2012. 

He took a leave of absence from George Washington University effective October 18, 2013, to swear in as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, having been nominated to that post by President Barack H. Obama, recommended unanimously by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Finance, and confirmed by unanimous consent of the Senate on August 1, 2013, for the term expiring on June 16, 2020.

Before starting at the USITC, he was the Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he served as Director and a Member of the Research Team of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation; as a Member of the Steering Committee and Research Team of the Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity, or IP2; and as a Member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity. He resigned these roles at the Stanford University Hoover Institution to take up his post at the Commission. 

He previously served as a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute; a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford; and a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard. 

Before entering academia, he practiced law for over six years as a trial lawyer and patent lawyer for Pennie & Edmonds in New York and Jenner & Block in Chicago and as Law Clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich. After entering academia, he regularly served as a testifying and consulting expert, mediator, and arbitrator to law firms, businesses, government agencies, and courts.

His research, teaching, practice, and consulting work focused on the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, trade, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, medical ethics, technology policy, and health policy. 

He was recognized as one of the Nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business in May, 2008, and was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in March, 2012.

Originally from the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, he became a lawyer in New York City and now lives with his family in Washington, DC. Before attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied molecular biology and microeconomics at MIT and conducted research in molecular genetics at the Whitehead Institute.



BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; JD, University of Pennsylvania

Career Support

To help students interested in learning some concrete tips on how to prepare for the job search process, Professor Kieff has prepared a video and accompanying slides titled "A Soup to Nuts Overview of a Job Search: A Common Sense Primer for Law Students," presented at the 2009 January Intersession at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

Watch the video     Download the slides

In the News

"2 Things Missing From Debates On US-China Fights"

March 23, 2018

F. Scott Kieff is quoted in Law360 about the issues between the U.S. and China over trade, intellectual property, and antitrust.