Gideon
Schor

Director, Law & Medicine Initiative, and Senior Research Scholar, Center for Innovation

Biography

A practicing litigator for the past 30 years, Gideon Schor specializes in appellate, IP, securities, constitutional, regulatory, and fraud cases.

Schor has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court and has filed two successful cert petitions. He has also filed numerous patentability-related briefs on behalf of biotech companies, venture funds, and research institutions, including an amicus brief that carried the day at oral argument in the Supreme Court’s Myriad Genetics case. His appellate work is nationally recognized: his cert petition in the Supreme Court’s Cyan case was ranked by Empirical Scotus in the top 10 out of 7,000 petitions filed in the same term. He has litigated more than 200 federal appeals, and his work has resulted in more than 100 reported decisions.

Most recently, Schor worked for fifteen years as a litigation partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represented numerous tech and biotech companies, including Google, Facebook, HP, Snap, NantKwest, NantHealth, and the Broad Institute. Before that, he served for three years as Director of Litigation for the Americas at Credit Suisse First Boston. He began his legal career in 1990 with a thirteen-year stint at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Appointed Chief Appellate Attorney in 1999, he supervised all of the federal government’s civil appeals in the Second Circuit, along with recommendations to the U.S. Solicitor General concerning Supreme Court review. In addition to his appellate docket, he maintained a steady trial practice, representing dozens of federal agencies in complex regulatory and constitutional matters and focusing on commercial fraud, the False Claims Act, and RICO. He received the Justice Department’s Award for Superior Performance in 2001.

As an adjunct professor at New York Law School and Fordham Law School, Schor taught conflict of laws and legal writing. In 1989-90, he clerked on the Second Circuit for the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard.

Before law school, Schor was an archeologist and excavated in Corinth, Greece.

EDUCATION:

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989
    Cum Laude
  • A.B., Classics and History, Harvard College, 1985
    Magna Cum Laude; Corey Prize for excellence in classical studies and archeology