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F. Scott Kieff

Principal, McKool Smith

The Hon. F. Scott Kieff is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law at GW Law School in DC.  He specializes in international trade and business; intellectual property; antitrust; finance and securities regulation; bankruptcy; biotechnology and medicine; governance and compliance; cyber; privacy; and security.

A former Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission from 2013-17 in a Republican seat, he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate during Democrat control.  He has served as an advisor to high-level government offices during the Bush, Obama, and Trump Presidential Administrations on national security and economics

He previously held secondary faculty appointments for several years as a professor in the Washington University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery, and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute, as well as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  He also has held visiting faculty appointments in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford, and in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard.

In the private sector, he works through Kieff Strategies LLC to bring together fellow academics, former government officials, and business practitioners to collaboratively engage complex challenges facing firms in technology, finance, business, and law.  This work includes strategic consulting, conducting investigations and crisis management, and providing expert litigation advice and testimony, as well as neutral services as mediators, arbitrators, and compliance monitors directly for private parties or on appointment by courts and other tribunals.

A former law clerk to US Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich, and graduate of MIT and Penn Law School, he was recognized as one of the Nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business in 2008.  He was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2012.