Ron Lazebnik primarily teaches the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic. In his supervisory role, he has assisted clinic students with a number of significant legal matters, including the filing of an amicus briefs in both appeals of the litigation between Viacom and YouTube. In 2012, under his leadership, the clinic became a part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office pilot programs to allow students to practice before patent and trademark examiners. His academic and scholarly interests include IP law, information law, and Internet law, among other topics.
Before joining Fordham Law, he was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he helped represent clients in various matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and general commercial litigation. He also counseled clients on U.S. and international intellectual property–related issues and has assisted in the defense of corporations and government agencies being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the United States Department of Justice.
Professor Lazebnik is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he spent a significant amount of time as a Massachusetts SJC Rule 3:03 student attorney and as the Director of Research and Technology for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He also served on the staff of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and contributed to GartnerG2’s and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s 2005 white paper “Copyright and Digital Media in a Post-Napster World.” He won the Betty Allebach Award for outstanding commitment and service to the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and was recognized for providing over 1,000 hours of pro bono work as a law student.
Prior to law school, Professor Lazebnik received an M.S. in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.