Melissa Mortazavi

  • Professor of Law
  • Second Century Presidential Professor


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, torts, food law and policy, and administrative law.  Her articles have appeared in the Minnesota, Columbia, UCLA, and Cardozo 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 tenure in 2020 and was awarded the President’s Second Century Professorship in 2021. 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 an 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.

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, and sustainable resource and energy management. 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
  • Oklahoma Law Review 6391
  • Professional Responsibility 5323
  • Torts 5144

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