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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.     

Research and Writing

Professor La Belle's Scholarship on SSRN

Law Review Articles and Essays:

Influencing Juries in Litigation "Hot Spots," 94 Ind. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2019), available at

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



In Her Words ...

"As an educator, my goal is to prepare students for the legal profession by providing them with the analytical, ethical, and pragmatic training necessary to become truly excellent lawyers.  To this end, I urge students to consider whether our civil system grants equal access to justice, and if not, then what can be done to remedy that inequity."

– Megan M. La Belle



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Phone: 202-319-6615



  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Patent Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property


University of California, Davis School of Law 

University of California, Los Angeles


Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
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