Jennifer S. Fan

  • D. Wayne and Anne Gittinger Professor of Law
  • Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
  • Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic


Phone: (206) 685-2636


A.B. 1995, with distinction, Stanford University J.D. 1998, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Business and Corporate Law — Contracts — Corporate Governance — Entrepreneurial Law — Law and Technology — Nonprofits — Technology Transfer — Venture Capital

Recent Courses

LAW A 515 Business Organizations
LAW E 523 Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

Professor Jennifer S. Fan joined the University of Washington School of Law in 2010. Professor Fan is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, faculty director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and faculty advisor for the Law, Business, and Entrepreneurship track. In addition to the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, she teaches business organizations. Professor Fan is the 2019 recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award given by the student body.

Professor Fan earned her A.B. in Political Science, with distinction, from Stanford University. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a senior associate in the corporate securities group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Professor Fan was also the inaugural director of the Pro Bono Program of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. Previously, she served as the Vice President and Director of Legal Affairs of the Asian Pacific Fund, a community foundation serving the Asian American community in the Bay Area.

Professor Fan's research explores questions of corporate law in the context of entrepreneurship and innovation, with a focus on corporate governance. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Professional Publications

  • Panelist, Overview of USPTO Pro Bono Program with Will Covey, Dahlia George, Homer Hsu, and Tom Wong, Ethical Duties and Promoting Inventor Diversity for Patent Practitioners, Washington State Patent Law Association (January 18, 2023)
  • Panelist, "The Great Corporate Awokening: Confronting Litigation Risk and Political Fallout For Exercising Social Leadership", Plenary Panel, NAPABA Convention (November 4, 2022)
  • Panelist, "UW Converge Special Session: Innovation for Impact", UW Converge, University of Washington (October 14, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Startup Biases", UC Hastings College of Law (October 4, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Jennifer Fan on Startup Boards", Andrew K. Jennings Business Scholarship Podcast (October 3, 2022)
  • Speaker, Amplifying the Washington Pro Bono Patent Network Through Legal Consults USPTO Patent Pro Bono Quarterly Meeting (September 21, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Deciding to Enter Administration", Second Annual Workshop for AAPI Women in the Legal Academy, UC Davis School of Law (September 17, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Innovating Inclusion", Independent Director Initiative, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (August 16, 2022)
  • Panelist, "The JOBS Act at 10: The Transformation of Capital Raising and the Reach of Public Company Regulation", Plenary Panel, National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Oklahoma College of Law (June 17, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Nontraditional Investors", Retail Investors & Corporate Governance, National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Oklahoma College of Law (June 16, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Woke Capital Revisited", Berle XIII – Inclusive Corporate Leadership Conference, McGill University (May 20, 2022)
  • Speaker, "An Introduction to Venture Capital", UCLA School of Law (April 14, 2022)
  • Speaker, "An Introduction to Venture Capital", UCLA School of Law (April 12, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Startup Biases", Tulane Corporate and Securities Law Roundtable, Tulane University School of Law (March 19, 2022)
  • Speaker, "The Landscape of Startup Corporate Governance in the Founder-Friendly Era", Faculty Colloquium, The George Washington University Law School (November 3, 2021)