Vincent Chiappetta

Professor of Law
Specialty: Leadership and Business Management for General Counsel


  • J.D., University of Michigan, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.S.E.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Professor Chiappetta joined the Willamette University College of Law faculty in 1997. He teaches Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Business Lawyering and Science, and Technology and Law. In 2002, he received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1999, he was named College of Law Teacher of the Year. He was the founding director for the Certificate Program in Law and Business. Professor Chiappetta was named a CALI Trademark Fellow in 2003.

Professor Chiappetta has extensive practice experience, having served as vice president and general counsel for Tektronix Inc. (1993-1997), associate general counsel (Trademarks) for Levi Strauss & Co. (1992-1993) and associate general counsel (Europe, Africa, Middle East) for Apple Computer Inc. (1987-1991) in Paris, France. He also was a partner in the Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon firm in Phoenix, Ariz., from 1977 to 1987 and from 1991 to 1992.

Professor Chiappetta has worked on numerous high-technology and e-commerce legislative issues, serving as the chair of the Oregon Internet Commission and as a member of both the Oregon Higher Education Technology Transfer Board and the Oregon Bar Computer and Electronic Information Workgroup.

Professor Chiappetta has been a visiting professor at Indiana University School of Law and at Arizona State University College of Law and has taught as an adjunct at Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law, as well as in Shanghai on Willamette’s China Program. He has taught courses in Business Organizations, Business Planning, Sales, Negotiations, Banking Law and European Union Law.

He is admitted to the Arizona, California and Oregon State Bars and to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Bar.