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Liza Vertinsky

Associate Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Global Heath Law and Policy, Regulation of Healthcare Markets, Regulation of Emerging Technologies, AI and the Law, Genetic Privacy, Intellectual Property & Innovation, Law & Economics.


Intellectual Property Transactions, Intellectual Property Survey, Contract Law, Patents and Global Health, Law & Policy of Access to Medicines


Liza Vertinsky joined the Emory Law faculty in 2007 after a decade of legal practice focusing on intellectual property transactions. She builds on a practical background of assisting entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and universities with the development, acquisition, and leveraging of intellectual property. Her areas of expertise include the regulation of healthcare markets and technologies, global health, intellectual property, innovation, and law and economics.

Vertinsky’s research program is motivated by a deep interest in how legal rules—particularly patent law and contract law—influence the ways in which individuals and groups organize their economic activities. She initially pursued this interest during PhD research on the economic organization of non-traditional groups such as street gangs. Since coming to Emory she has focused primarily on exploring the institutional environments within which alternative forms of intellectual production and innovation take place, particularly within healthcare markets.

Vertinsky has a strong interest in the intersection of law and global health and development, and since coming to Emory she has helped to develop Emory's global health law and policy project. This project incorporates curriculum, scholarship, and partnership building around contemporary issues of global health law. She is also affiliated with Emory's Vulnerability Project, where she explores the connection between innovation and vulnerability and the roles that intellectual property does and/or can play in addressing or impeding access to health and economic development.

Vertinsky clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus, first for the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida and then for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Education: JD, Harvard Law School, 1997; MA, Economics, University of British Columbia, 1992; PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 1997