Michael Burstein

Michael J. Burstein is vice dean and professor of law at Cardozo, where he teaches and writes about intellectual property, innovation policy, and law and entrepreneurship.

Professor Burstein’s research focuses on the ways in which intellectual property law, corporate law, and public law facilitate relationships among entrepreneurs, markets, and government actors, and influence the production and dissemination of innovative works and ideas. His recent publications include articles about patent markets, innovation prizes, judicial challenges to patent validity, and non-IP strategies for information exchange. He is currently writing about the legal treatment of information as an asset and editing a volume of case studies that explore sharing and commons-based production in entrepreneurial communities.

Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Burstein was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. He was previously an appellate litigator in private practice in Washington D.C., a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, and a law clerk for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Professor Burstein holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law and a BA in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University.