Melissa Mortazavi

  • Professor of Law


B.A., Cornell University, 2001

J.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2005

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Professor Mortazavi teaches and writes about legal ethics, food law and policy, administrative law, and torts. Her articles have appeared in the Minnesota, UCLA, Washington & Lee, and Florida State Law Reviews, amongst others.

Professor Mortazavi joined the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty as an Associate Professor of Law in the fall of 2015, after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Government and Theatre from Cornell University, where she was a Conger Wood Fellow and graduated with distinction. In law school, she served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the California Law Review and received the Allen F. Broussard Fellowship and the Department Education’s Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship. After graduating law school, Professor Mortazavi clerked for the Honorable Beverly B. Martin of the Northern District of Georgia (now 11th Circuit).

Prior to teaching, Professor Mortazavi was a commercial litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton L.L.P. where her practice included cases involving products  liability, professional ethics and corporate governance, food and drug law, sustainable resource and energy management, and securities investigations. Professor Mortazavi also engaged various significant pro bono representations, including briefing before the Supreme Court on behalf of Guantanamo detainees.

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Courses Taught


  • Administrative Law 5403
  • Agricultural & Food Law 6500
  • Professional Responsibility 5323

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