F. Scott Kieff is the Stevenson Bernard Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He joined the faculty in 2009, after serving on the faculty at Washington University in St. 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 took a leave of absence from GWU in 2013, to become a commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission. In the summer of 2017, he retired early from his post at the Commission and returned to teaching again at the law school.
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. 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.
He practiced law as a trial lawyer and patent lawyer as an associate for Pennie & Edmonds in New York, an associate and counsel for Jenner & Block in Chicago, and as a Principal for McKool Smith in D.C., and as law clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich.
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.