Jennifer S. Fan

  • Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
  • Assistant Professor of Law


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 — Corporate Governance — Entrepreneurial Law — 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. She is the 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 focuses on entrepreneurial law. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington.

  • Speaker, "Legal Issues and Intellectual Property", The Washington Entrepreneurial Research, Evaluation, and Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH) Biomedical Innovation Bootcamp (July 23, 2020)
  • Panelist, "U.S. Experts: Models of Legal Clinics for Technology & Business", Virtual Conference, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (July 16, 2020)
  • Panelist, "Teaching in an IP Clinic During a Pandemic", Virtual Conference, IP Clinician’s Workshop Sessions, Center for IP Research, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and University of Notre Dame Law School (July 14, 2020)
  • Speaker, "The Myths and Realities of Corporate Governance in Venture-Backed Private Companies", Virtual Conference, Law & Society Association (May 28, 2020)
  • Speaker, "The Myths and Realities of Corporate Governance in Venture-Backed Private Companies", Tulane Corporate and Securities Law Roundtable, Tulane University Law School (March 7, 2020)
  • Panelist, "Legal Issues and Intellectual Property", Biomedical Innovation Bootcamp, The Washington Entrepreneurial Research, Evaluation, and Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH) (February 7, 2020)
  • Speaker, "An Overview of Venture Capital and the Innovation Ecosystem", Global Innovation Exchange (November 6, 2019)
  • Speaker, "High Tech Companies, Their Innovations, & the Law", Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation Distinguished Lecture Series, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (September 5, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Innovators as Regulators: The New Private Ordering in High Technology Companies", Junior Business Law Colloquium (July 11, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Communication Competency in Transactional Lawyering", 18th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference (May 3, 2019)
  • Panelist, "A Seat at the Table, Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Nineteenth Amendment 100 Years Later", Tennessee Law Review Symposium, The University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law (April 18, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Unlocking UW Resources for the Startup Community", Startup Week Seattle (October 11, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Washington Pro Bono Patent Network", Startup Week Seattle (October 9, 2018)
  • Speaker, "An Unlikely Pairing: The Role of Corporations in Social Movements", Junior Business Law Colloquium (July 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Law and Community: Helping to Create Legal Resources", Visiting Chinese judicial Delegation, U.S. State Department International Visitors Leadership Program (July 7, 2018)