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  • J.D., 1990
    Stanford Law School
    (Order of the Coif)
  • Ph.D., 1979
    Princeton University
  • M.A., 1975
    Princeton University
  • M.Phil., 1973
    University of Oxford
    (Rhodes Scholar)
  • B.A., 1971
    Wesleyan University
    (magna cum laude)

Stephen Ferruolo retired as a partner of Goodwin Procter in 2011 and is Dean and Professor of Law at University of San Diego Law School. He remains of counsel to the firm’s Business Law Department.

His experience includes public and private financings, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and technology licenses for companies in such fields as biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics, software, clean tech and telecommunications.


Mr. Ferruolo is a member of the American, California and San Diego Bar Associations. He is currently the Vice Chairman of BIOCOM and served as its Vice President and General Counsel from 2002 to 2011.


Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2007, Mr. Ferruolo was Co-Chair of the Corporate/VLG Practice Group at Heller Ehrman LLP and a member of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice Group. He previously served as Co-Chair of Heller Ehrman’s Life Sciences Practice Group.

From 1979 to 1987, Mr. Ferruolo was an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. He also served as a clerk for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


Mr. Ferruolo is admitted to practice in California.


Mr. Ferruolo has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Life Sciences category and in Best Lawyers in the Biotechnology Law category. In 2011, he was listed as one of the “Top 25 Biotech Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal. In 2006, BIOCOM awarded him with the William W. Otterson Service Award, presented for outstanding support of the life sciences industry in San Diego.