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Susan M. Richey

Professor of Law


Industry Experience

Before joining the Law Department in the University of New Hampshire, Prof. Richey spent 13years litigating business-related disputes including trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters, as well as counseling corporate clients on advertising law compliance. She is a former principal with Riordan & McKinzie in Los Angeles, California, and, prior to entering private practice, served as a staff law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.

Teaching Practice

Prof. Richey teaches Federal Courts, Trademarks, and Deceptive Practices, Advanced Topics in Trademark Law, Advertising Law, and Information and Data Privacy Law, and her recent scholarship focuses on various aspects of intellectual property crime.

Other Work

She is a former associate Dean of the law school. Currently, Prof. Richey serves on the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). She has also been involved in numerous programmes teaching intellectual property concepts to non-lawyers, including workshops sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization and UNITRADE, the training arm of the United Nations, as well as local conferences sponsored by such organizations as the New England Museum Association and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Her pro bono work includes a second term as the United States Representative to the Confidentiality Commission of the Conference of the States Parties for the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons at The Hague.


During the Autumn Semester 2012, Prof. Richey was resident at the University of Limerick as the Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the International Commercial and Economic Law Research Group, conducting research and co-authoring a book on trademark valuation. In 2014, Prof. Richie was appointed as the Deputy Chief Administrative Trademark Judge with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.