Mr. Edward J. McCaffery is senior counsel in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of Seyfarth’s Business Services Department. Mr. McCaffery practices in the area of trusts and estates, taxation and intellectual property. He is also the Dean and Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law at the University of Southern California School of Law, where he teaches classes in income taxation, property, corporate tax and partnership tax.
From 1995 to 2006, Mr. McCaffery was also a Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the California Institute of Technology, teaching public finance and law, law and economics, and law and technology (including intellectual property law). He is a member of the planning committee for the newly formed Institute on Intellectual Property Law at USC Law School. He has been a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law and Yale Law School.
Mr. McCaffery served as chairman of the planning committee for the prestigious annual USC Institute on Federal Taxation from 1997 until 2006; he was the founder of the USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law and Politics, and chair of the Caltech program for the Program for Law & Technology at Caltech and Loyola Law School.
Mr. McCaffery initiated a Law & Technology program at the California Institute of Technology, where he has taught the course in intellectual property, which centers on the patent system. Mr. McCaffery is a charter member of the USC Intellectual Property Institute, the leading continuing education forum for intellectual property practitioners in Southern California. Mr. McCaffery serves on the Patent Prosecution Subcommittee of the Institute.
Mr. McCaffery graduated from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) in 1985; the University of Southern California (Masters of Arts, Economics), (Phi Kappa Phi) in 1994, and Yale College in 1980. Following graduation from law school, Mr. McCaffery was law clerk for Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz of the Supreme Court of New Jersey and practiced with a San Francisco law firm.
Mr. McCaffery has written or co-authored several books and numerous articles, testified before Congress, and made many scholarly presentations and public lectures. He is a member of the American Law Institute, National Tax Association, American Economic Association, American Law & Economics Association, and an elected Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC).
- J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude (1985)
- B.A., Yale College, summa cum laude (1980)
- M.A., University of Southern California (1994)
- American Law Institute
- National Tax Association
- American Economic Association
- American Law & Economics Association
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