Professor Jon Sylvester has taught Contracts and other commercial law courses for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Legal Studies at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he has been a member of the full time faculty since 1994. He has also taught at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, the Thurgood Marshal School of Law at Texas Southern University, the University of San Francisco School of Law, the Law Faculty of the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He has taught Contracts at U.C. Hastings several times since 2000.
Professor Sylvester earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a television news writer, producer and reporter before earning a J.D. at Harvard Law School. He then practiced law with the Washington, D.C. offices of two New York firms. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1981, and the District of Columbia Bar since 1982.
As a commercial arbitrator, Professor Sylvester has handled cases involving real estate; partnership agreements and dissolution; franchise agreements; insurance; banking, securities and financial matters; professional services fee disputes; intellectual property; high technology; construction; executive employment and compensation; health care; international business transactions and a variety of other claims.
Professor Sylvester has taught in and/or directed legal education programs in China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kenya, Malta and Turkey, and has traveled to more than 50 countries.