Michael Risch

Professor of Law


   Professor Michael Risch joined the Villanova faculty in 2010 from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he directed the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Law Program. Prior to joining the West Virginia faculty, he served as an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School. Professor Risch’s teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property and internet law, with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets and information access.  His articles have been published in the Stanford Law Review and Duke Law Journal, among others; online in the Yale Law Journal Online and PENNumbra; and less formally at the Written Description Madisonian, Prawfsblawg Faculty Lounge, and Patently-O blogs. Two of his articles have been cited by the United States Supreme Court. Professor Risch received his A.B. with honors and distinction in Public Policy and with distinction in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University, and his J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to entering academia, he was a partner at intellectual property boutique Russo & Hale LLP in Palo Alto, California.


Practice Experience

  • Russo & Hale LLP (Palo Alto, California)
  • Joined the faculty in 2010
Professor Michael Risch

Office: Rm 234, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-6836


Courses and Seminars

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Internet Law
  • Contracts


University of Chicago, JD

Stanford University, AB