Stephen Johnson

Lecturer, Organizational Behavior

Stephen Johnson

Lecturer in Management

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Teaching Statement

Stephen Johnson’s teaching draws on his over 30 years of experience working on intellectual property issues in a business context across both the life science and technology industries as well as more recent experience in the context of academic research.


Johnson obtained a degree in Genetics from Cambridge University and then pursued a career in intellectual property law initially in the UK and then the U.S. He worked for Kirkland & Ellis LLP for over thirty years and was a founding partner of its New York and San Francisco offices as well as the senior partner in its IP groups in those offices. Since 2013, Stephen has pursued two complementary tracks — first, writing and teaching on IP in a business context; and second, working on data sharing in brain and mental health research and most recently on mental health policy and other initiatives. Stephen is the author of The Economist Guide to Intellectual Property, published by Economist Books in 2015.

Academic Degrees

  • J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1984
  • Solicitors Final Examination, College of Law, London, 1980
  • BA/MA in Genetics, Cambridge University, 1978

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2016-2021

Professional Experience

  • Consultant to Not-for-Profit and Business Sectors, 2014–present
  • Acting Executive Director, One Mind at Work Initiative, 2016–2017
  • Chief Intellectual Property and Policy Officer, One Mind, 2013–2016
  • Partner, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP Chicago, New York, San Francisco, 1982-2013
  • Solicitor, Trainee, Bird & Bird, London, 1980–1982

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