Megan La Belle


  • Columbus School of Law
  • Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Megan M. La Belle is a professor of law at the Catholic University of America where she teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property and procedure. 

    Before joining the faculty, Professor La Belle spent several years as a commercial litigator with the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Professor La Belle's practice focused on intellectual property and other complex civil litigation matters.

    Professor La Belle earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. 

    While in law school, Professor La Belle served as the Senior Notes & Comments Editor for the U.C. Davis Law Review, received the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school, Professor La Belle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Trott on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

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    Professor La Belle's Scholarship on SSRN

    Law Review Articles and Essays:

    Personal Jurisdiction and the Fairness Factor(s), 72 Emory L. J. 781(2023)  available at

    Fintech: New Battle Lines in the Patent Wars?, 42 Cardozo L. Rev. 277 (2020) (co-authored with Heidi M. Schooner), available at

    Influencing Juries in Litigation "Hot Spots," Influencing Juries in Litigation “Hot Spots,” 94 Ind. L. J. 901 (2019)

    Privilege for Patent Agents, 23 B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. 350 (2017) (invited symposium contribution), available at

    The Patently Unexceptional Venue Statute, 66 Am. U. L. Rev. 1027 (2017) (invited symposium contribution) (co-authored with Paul R. Gugliuzza), available at

    Public Enforcement of Patent Law, 96 B.U. L. Rev. 1865 (2016), available at

    Fee Shifting for PTAB Proceedings, 24 Tex. Intell. Prop. J. 367 (2016) (invited symposium contribution) available at

    The Local Rules of Patent Procedure, 47 Az. St. L.J. 63 (2015), available at 

    Against Settlement of (Some) Patent Cases, 67 Vand. L. Rev. 375 (2014), available at

    Big Banks and Business Method Patents, 16 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 431 (2014) (co-authored with Heidi Mandanis Schooner), available at

    “Reverse” Patent Declaratory Judgment Actions: A Proposed Solution for Medtronic, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 43 (2013), available at 

    Patent Law as Public Law, 20 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 41 (2012), available at

    Standing to Sue in the Myriad Genetics Case, 2 Cal. L. Rev. Circuit 68 (2011), available at

    Patent Litigation, Personal Jurisdiction, and the Public Good, 18 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 43 (2010), available at

    The “Rootkit Debacle”: The Latest Chapter in the Story of the Recording Industry and the War on Music Piracy, 84 Denv. U. L. Rev. 79 (2006), available at