David Opderbeck, CIPP/E, CIPP/US



David Opderbeck is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology. Prior to his academic career, David was a Partner in the Intellectual Property / Information Technology practice at McCarter & English, LLP. Currently, in addition to his academic work, David is Counsel in the Cybersecurity Task Force at Gibbons, PC.


David's teaching and scholarship focuses on privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity and technology law and policy. His publications concerning cybersecurity law and policy consider encryption policy, the law and economics of data breach litigation, and executive power in cyber emergencies. He recently administered a multi-year project at the Law School funded by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office that convened special programs and government working groups on cybersecurity issues. In the intellectual property field, David's work examines issues such as settlements in Hatch-Waxman litigation, intellectual property restrictions on essential medicines in developing countries, open source biotechnology, patent damages reform, and the interaction of law and social norms concerning music file sharing.

Professor Opderbeck is also interested in the relationship between law, ethics, and science. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the University of Nottingham, where his thesis offered a theological appraisal of the emerging discipline of “neurolaw.”



Contributions by David Opderbeck

  • Member of Privacy Bar Section Advisory Board 2019 - 2020