Stephen Ferruolo

Stephen Ferruolo
Phone: (619) 260-4527
Office: Warren Hall 200A
Assistant:

Kay Manansala
kaym@SanDiego.edu
(619) 260-4527

Dean and Professor of Law
School of Law

  • JD, Stanford University
  • PhD, Princeton University
  • MA, Princeton University
  • MPhil, Oxford University
  • AB, Wesleyan University

Stephen C. Ferruolo is the 10th dean of University of San Diego School of Law.  He assumed his duties on August 1, 2011.

Before joining USD , Ferruolo served as the founding partner and chair of the San Diego office of Goodwin Procter LLP, an international firm with 850 attorneys in nine offices in the United States, Asia and Europe. In addition to his continued service as chair of the office, Ferruolo was a member of the firm-wide executive committee since 2009.

Ferruolo's practice focused on transactional work, with a special emphasis on corporate finance and governance and mergers and acquisitions. Much of his practice involved representing technology and life science companies in San Diego, nationally and internationally. In 2011, Ferruolo was elected vice chairman of BIOCOM/San Diego, the largest regional life sciences association in the world, which represents more than 550 member companies. From 2003 to 2011, he served as vice president and general counsel of BIOCOM.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2007, Ferruolo was a partner and co-chair of the Corporate/VLG Practice Group at Heller Ehrman LLP in its Palo Alto and San Diego offices. At Heller Ehrman, he also served terms on the firm's Policy Committee and Compensation Committee and served as the Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Practice Group.

Ferruolo is a 1971 graduate of the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he earned a Masters in Philosophy in 1973.  Ferruolo received his MA in 1975 and PhD in 1979 in History at Princeton University, then served on the faculties at Bennington College and Stanford University. His book, The Origins of the University: The Schools of Paris and Their Critics (Stanford University Press, 1985) has been widely cited and remains the authoritative work in the field.

Ferruolo graduated with honors from Stanford Law School in 1990. Upon graduation from Stanford Law School, Ferruolo clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

 

Areas of Expertise

Dean Ferruolo specializes in the areas of business, corporate and biotech law. He advises USD's National Transactional LawMeet® team and co-teaches business planning and in-house corporate counseling. 

Professional Experience

Ferruolo clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He served as the founding partner and chair of the San Diego office of Goodwin Procter LLP. Ferruolo was also a partner and co-chair of the Corporate/VLG Practice Group at Heller Ehrman LLP in its Palo Alto, Calif. and San Diego offices. From 2003 to 2011, he served as vice president and general counsel of BIOCOM, the world’s largest regional life sciences association, and then as its vice chairman from 2011 to 2014. 

Ferruolo was named dean of USD School of Law and joined the faculty in 2011. From 1979 to 1987, he taught history as an assistant professor at Stanford University. Ferruolo's publications include The Origins of the University: The Schools of Paris and Their Critics (Stanford University Press, 1985).

Honors and Affiliations

Ferruolo graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He is a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned his PhD in History at Princeton University and his JD at Stanford University, where he graduated with honors. In 2006, BIOCOM awarded him with the William W. Otterson Service Award, presented for outstanding support of the life sciences industry in San Diego.In 2011, the Daily Journal listed him as one of the "Top 25 Biotech Lawyers in California." He was also selected for inclusion in the Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Venture Capital Law categories of The Best Lawyers in San Diego. Ferruolo is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Life Sciences category and in the biotechnology law category of The Best Lawyers in America. In October 2014, the Law Library Justice Foundation honored Ferruolo with the 2014 Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Law.