La Jollan named dean of USD School of Law

Stephen C. Ferruolo
Stephen C. Ferruolo

La Jollan Stephen C. Ferruolo will be the new dean of the University of San Diego School of Law as of Aug. 1, replacing Kevin Cole who is returning to the classroom.

Ferruolo said his new role is “a fulfillment of my two previous careers, first as a teacher-scholar and then as a business lawyer. … I will also seek to draw on my 20-plus years in legal practice to lead the efforts of the law school to better prepare students for the evolving demands of the legal marketplace."

In 2007, Ferruolo became the founding partner and chair of the San Diego office of Goodwin Proctor LLP, an international firm with 850 attorneys in nine offices in the United States, Asia and Europe.

He graduated with honors from Stanford Law School in 1990, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, earned his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University, and served on the faculties at Bennington College and Stanford University. He earned his undergraduate degree at the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.

Ferruolo's practice has focused on transactional work, with a special emphasis on corporate finance and governance and mergers and acquisitions. Much of his practice has involved representing technology and life science companies.

He is vice chairman of BIOCOM/San Diego, which represents more than 550 member companies, and from 2003 to 2011 served as the organization’s vice president and general counsel.

He is also active with CONNECT, the regional program linking inventors and entrepreneurs with resources they need for commercialization of products. CONNECT collaborates with USD’s Technology Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, which pairs students with established local practitioners to help start-ups with corporate, intellectual property and employment legal needs.



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