Keith Orso

Lecturer in Law

  • B.S. Harvey Mudd College, 1996
  • M.S. University of Texas, Austin, 1998
  • J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2001

Keith Orso co-teaches Patent Intensive at UCLA School of Law. He is currently partner and and Hiring Chair in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he practices patent law in the litigation and intellectual property groups. Mr. Orso has experience with a wide variety of technologies, ranging from computer architecture and communications to medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

Mr. Orso has been selected for inclusion in the 2014-2018 editions of Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of intellectual property litigation. Before that, he was regularly named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, starting in 2005.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Orso served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Orso earned his J.D. in 2001 from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. During law school, Mr. Orso worked as an Articles Editor for UCLA Law Review and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award in Legal Research and Writing.

Prior to law school, Mr. Orso obtained a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin where he was the John E. Kasch endowed graduate fellow and was inducted into the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Omega Chi Epsilon.

Mr. Orso received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, with distinction, from Harvey Mudd College, where he studied electrical, computer, chemical, and mechanical engineering and was awarded the Davies Engineering Prize.

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