F. Scott Kieff

Hon. F. Scott Kieff

Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

The Honorable F. Scott Kieff served as Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission from October 18, 2013 through June 30, 2017, after nomination by President Barack H. Obama on September 11, 2012, a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance on July 18, 2013, unanimous favorable vote of the Committee on July 25, 2013, and confirmation by unanimous consent of the Senate on August 1, 2013. On July 1, 2017, he returned to his academic posts as a professor at George Washington University Law School and as a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

He moved to George Washington University in 2009 from 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 first joined Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in 2003. He has held various visiting faculty or faculty fellow positions including in the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute, in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford, and in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard.

Since entering academia in 1999, he has maintained a significant private docket working either in a neutral capacity, or for a particular party, and has been called upon by the Bush, Obama, and Trump Presidential Administrations to provide extensive strategic and tactical consulting to high-level government offices. In his neutral capacity, he serves as mediator, arbitrator, or external compliance director, advisor, monitor, or overseer. He helped build the mediation program for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and served several years on its inaugural panel of mediators. He helped build and lead the ethics, conflict-of-interest, and anticorruption program for a multihundred-million-dollar, multi-agency-funded set of grants that financed an entire field of heavily regulated scientific research for many years. He served as an external advisor to help stand up and for many years guide the directorlevel, enterprise-wide privacy and civil liberties compliance operation for a large segment of the defenseintelligence community. In his capacity as a consultant to a particular party, he has been brought in by many of the top law firms and several large corporate clients to help resolve disputes involving intangible assets and to plan and implement competitive and cooperative commercial interactions. He focuses on the fields of trade, intellectual property, antitrust, finance, privacy, cyber, and national security. He has significant experience modeling probable economic effects and monitoring empirical data about actual real-world effects of diverse mechanisms for business and governmental procedures and operations throughout global value chains for tangible and intangible assets, including finance. His experience includes the particular legal rules governing many international legal regimes as well as myriad foreign national legal regimes. He previously 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.

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

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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted research in molecular genetics at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA.

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