William Gallagher, Professor of Law

William Gallagher

Professor of Law

Faculty Chair

Director, IP Law Program & IP Law Center

Phone: 415-369-5339
Email: wgallagher@ggu.edu

Editor: The IP Law Book Review

William Gallagher is Professor and Director of the IP Law Center at the Golden Gate University School of Law, where he teaches courses on intellectual property law, intellectual property litigation, torts, and legal ethics. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law from 2009 to 2010 and also in 2015.

Professor Gallagher received his JD from the UCLA School of Law; his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (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 such journals as the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, Santa Clara Law review, Pepperdine Law review, Law and Social Inquiry, Center for the Study of Law and Society Working Papers 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. Professor Gallagher is also the Founding Editor of The IP Law Book Review.

Before entering legal academia, Professor Gallagher was a partner in the San Francisco office of a major intellectual property law firm, where he specialized in patent, copyright, trademark,

Research Interests & Areas of Specialization

  • 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

Professional & Teaching Experience

  • 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.

Selected Publications

Professional Associations

  • 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