Erika Lietzan

William H. Pittman Professor of Law & Timothy J. Heinsz Professor of Law

Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-6753
Address 313 Hulston Hall
Website Objective Intent
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Education BA with honors, University of North Carolina,'90
MA, University of California, '92
JD cum laude, Duke Law School, '95

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Marijuana/Cannabis Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Vaccine Regulation

About Erika Lietzan

Professor Lietzan focuses her scholarship and teaching primarily in the areas of health law and policy, administrative law, and intellectual property.  She is a prolific scholar, with more than 40 published book chapters and articles in legal and scientific journals.

Professor Lietzan is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), an independent federal agency that convenes to discuss and recommend on improvements to public administration, management, and administrative procedure, serving on its Committee on Regulation.  She has also been an elected member of the American Law Institute since 2006.  And she has held one leadership position or another at the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) since 2004, including a stint on its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012.

Professor Lietzan’s two most recent articles, which explore the patent incentive for innovation in medical devices and the empirical case for claims that drug companies engage in evergreening, will (both) be published in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, the number 1 ranked specialty journal in intellectual property law.  She recently published an exhaustive history of generic drug substitution and the evolving relationship among pharmacy professionals, medical professionals, and patients over the 20th century in the Wake Forest Law Review.  Some of her other work has explored the history of and broader sociocultural context for expanded access (compassionate use) policies for unapproved medicines in the United States and France, the costs and benefits of regulating medical product innovation that emerges from academic medical settings, and plausible regulatory pathways for cannabis-derived medical and non-medical products.  She is currently working on an article that examines the role of petitioning in the modern administrative state, grounded in part in review of the more than 6000 petitions FDA has received since the summer of 1975.

Professor Lietzan brings to her scholarship and teaching eighteen years of private practice experience, eight of them as a partner in the food and drug group at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.  And she has been consistently identified by her peers in private practice as a “Best Lawyer in America” in the categories of FDA law (since 2013) and Biotechnology Law (since 2007).  In practice, she handled a wide range of complex legal problems and broader legislative and regulatory policy questions affecting companies regulated by FDA.  This work included lifecycle management and strategy issues, regulatory strategy and advocacy, white collar defense, congressional investigations, briefing in products liability cases, and international regulatory policy work.

Professor Lietzan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, where she graduated with honors in history. She holds a master’s degree in history from UCLA and a law degree with high honors from Duke Law School.

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