Avery ’09

Adjunct Professor of Law


Adjunct Professor Matthew Avery is a senior associate at Baker Botts LLP. He works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution and counseling. Professor Avery has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to a wide range of technologies, including the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, chemical, clean tech, and software arts. He also has experience in FDA regulatory matters, particularly dealing with the Hatch-Waxman Act, ANDA litigation, and the regulation of generic drugs. Prior to teaching at Hastings, Professor Avery served as an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University, School of Law, where he also taught Food and Drug Law.

Professor Avery received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in May 2009, where he graduated second in his class. While at Hastings, he served as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing, Moot Court, and Food & Drug Law. He also worked as a Production Editor on the Hastings Law Journal, and currently serves on the Alumni Board for HLJ. During law school, Professor Avery served as a judicial extern for Justice Ming Chin of the Supreme Court of California, where he worked on a variety of criminal and civil matters.

Professor Avery has received several awards recognizing his outstanding contributions to the academic literature, including the American Society for Pharmacy Law’s 2011 Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award, the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2009 Past President’s Award and U.C. Hastings’ 2009 Albert G. Evans Scholarship in Private Enterprise. He was  a finalist in the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2008 Watson Writing Competition. His publications have been cited in amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and in dozens of law review articles.

Professor Avery received his master’s degree in chemical engineering (focused in biochemical engineering) from Stanford University and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and material science & engineering from U.C. Berkeley. Prior to law school, he spent four years working as a process engineer in Bayer Healthcare’s biotechnology division in Berkeley, California. He is also a Licensed Professional Engineer (chemical) in California.



  1. Stanford University

    Master’s of Chemical Engineering

  2. University of California, Berkeley

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering

  3. UC Hastings College of the Law 2009

    J.D., Summa Cum Laude


  1. American Society for Pharmacy Law’s Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award 2011

  2. American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Past President’s Award 2009

  3. Albert G. Evans Scholarship in Private Enterprise 2009


  1. Patent Prosecution Seminar
  2. Food and Drug Law