Steve Calandrillo

  • Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 685-2403


B.A. 1994, University of California, Berkeley J.D. 1998, Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Contracts — Health Care Law — Law and Economics — Product Liability — Torts

Recent Courses

LAW A 501 Contracts
LAW A 561 Law And Economics
LAW H 510 Topics In Law And Medicine

Professor Calandrillo joined the UW law school faculty in 2000, was named a Charles I. Stone Professor of Law in 2008 and the Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Professor of Law in 2015. Prior to teaching, he clerked for Judge Alfred Goodwin on the Ninth Circuit and practiced corporate law at Foster Pepper in Seattle. Professor Calandrillo graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law & Economics and a member of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.

Professor Calandrillo's scholarship utilizes economic analysis to address controversial law and public policy topics, including permanent daylight saving time, minimum wage legislation, property rights, organ donation, compulsory vaccinations, assisted suicide, punitive damages, baseball's designated-hitter and instant replay rules, tort law's eggshell plaintiff rule and U.S. health and safety regulatory policy. His recent articles have appeared in a variety of top law reviews, including Boston University, George Washington, William & Mary, Georgia, Ohio State and Illinois Law Reviews as well as Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance.

Professor Calandrillo teaches Contract Law, Law & Economics, Advanced Torts and Law & Medicine, and is a frequent speaker nationally (for UW and Barbri) on those subjects. He has earned the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award and is a five-time recipient of the Philip Trautman Professor of the Year Award at the law school. He served as Associate Dean for Faculty from 2009-10 and was Faculty Advisor to the Washington Law Review from 2007-11. He has co-authored five amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and served on the Advisory Board of LifeSharers, a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of patients awaiting organ transplants.

In his spare time, Calandrillo has built and flown radio-controlled airplanes, and tutored Kim Kardashian on contracts and torts. He was a 3-time winner on Wheel of Fortune and a one-time loser on Dick Clark’s Winning Lines. In 2021, he earned the lowest possible score of 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale, coming within a couple of minutes of being pronounced dead. Today he tries to help others avoid the same fate.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Professional Publications

News Media

Other Publications

  • Speaker, "5 Ways Life Would Be Better with Year-Round Daylight Saving Time", Hearing on Changing Times: Revisiting Spring Forward, Fall Back, House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, 117th Congress (March 9, 2022)
  • Speaker, "What Behavioral Economics Can Teach Us About Law & Baseball", Baseball Chats Online, Society for American Baseball Research (May 9, 2020)
  • Speaker, "Why Washington Should Adopt Permanent Daylight Saving Time", Hearing, Washington State Senate (February 27, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Making the Minimum Wage Work: An Examination of the Economic Impact of the Minimum Wage", with Taylor Halperin, 92d Annual Conference, Western Economic Association International (June 25, 2017)
  • Speaker, "How Instant Replay’s "Clear & Convincing" Evidence Standard Subverts Justice in Major League Baseball", Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, State University of New York-Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (June 2, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Economic and Business Consequences of Tort Law’s Eggshell Plaintiff Rule", Clute Institute International Business Conference, (January 1, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Law & Economics Methodology", Ph.D. Colloquia Series, University of Washington School of Law (January 2, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Eggshell Economics: Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again", Faculty Colloquia Series, University of Washington School of Law (October 1, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again: An Economic Analysis of the Eggshell Plaintiff Rule", with Dustin Buehler, Annual Conference, American Law & Economics Association (May 18, 2012)
  • Speaker, "How to Use Research Assistants Effectively", Faculty Brown-Bag, University of Washington School of Law (May 9, 2012)
  • Speaker, "The Academic Career Path", University of Washington School of Law (May 1, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Utilizing Incentives to Spur Organ Donation in America", H510, Topics in Law and Medicine, University of Washington School of Law (December 1, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Nontraditional Applications of Law & Economics", Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson (September 1, 2011)
  • Speaker, "A Unique Kind of Moral Hazard", Perkins Coie (May 1, 2011)
  • Speaker, "An Economic Analysis of Baseball’s Designated Hitter Rule", Faculty Colloquium, University of Washington School of Law (March 3, 2011)