Villanova University School of Law (VLS) has announced the appointment of Rufus C. King as the inaugural Director of its Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mr. King brings more than 25 years of experience in high-tech and venture capital law practice to VLS. He most recently served as a Partner in the Private Investment Funds Group at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, where he represented a broad range of finance clients, including venture capital and other private equity funds.
In his new position at Villanova Law, Mr. King will provide comprehensive leadership of the Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, advising and collaborating with the VLS faculty on related curriculum and programs at the Law School. He will organize topical forums for industry leaders and practitioners to analyze contemporary issues impacting law, business and market economies; identify and coordinate entrepreneurship-related internships with the Director of Experiential Learning. As Director, Mr. King will also assist with the Center’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship and will work closely with an advisory board that will provide advice on and assistance with the Center’s activities.
“Rufus King brings a remarkable breadth and depth of experience in high-tech and venture capital law to his new role at Villanova,” said John Y. Gotanda, Dean of Villanova University School of Law. “His vision, expertise and leadership will help shape the Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I look forward to working with Rufus and welcome him to the Villanova community.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Villanova Law, and honored to have been selected as the inaugural Director of the Center,” remarked Mr. King. “Having been a practicing lawyer for more than 25 years, helping entrepreneurs and venture capitalists create new businesses, I am looking forward to working with Villanova students to help the next generation of new company founders achieve their goals.”
Mr. King received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, his B.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He began his legal career in 1986 at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP, a nationally recognized law firm focusing on high-tech and venture capital. Mr. King was promoted to Partner in 1993 and then CFO in 2002, a role in which he managed the finances and operations of the firm. Mr. King joined Goodwin Procter LLP as an Equity Partner in 2005. Over the course of his career, he has represented venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in high-tech companies, from inception through initial public offerings and public-to-public mergers, in the information technology, biotechnology and medical device industries.
Mr. King is on the Executive Committee of the Friends of Fumbelo branch of Communities Without Borders. He also served as a board member of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts from 2002 to 2008 and represented several not-for-profit arts organizations and Endeavor Global.
The Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation transforms the educational experience at Villanova Law by providing students with the knowledge and skills in the areas of business and law, which are critical for lawyers practicing in today’s highly competitive market. The Center was created in 2013 with initial funding provided by Charles Widger ’73, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, and his wife, Barbara.
The Center’s new Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship—a partnership with Villanova University’s Center for Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center)—offers students hands-on experience in business law, while supporting the entrepreneurship and innovation of start-up companies, non-profits and individuals working with the ICE Center. Addressing the interdisciplinary nature of today’s legal practice, new week-long modules and seminars on business-related issues will be added as part of the School’s core curriculum for JD candidates in the 2013-14 academic year. The Law School is partnering with industry experts, such as Franklin Covey and Thomson Reuters, and with leading law firms, to both help design and teach these innovative courses.