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Duke University, J.D., 1977, Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Duke Law Journal, 1976-77

Duke University, Ph.D., 1980

Harvard College, A.B., 1971, Phi Beta Kappa


John Conley is of counsel to Robinson Bradshaw. His practice focuses on advising clients and assisting them with strategic planning related to all aspects of intellectual property and privacy law, both in the United States and internationally. Many of John's recent projects have involved companies, universities and organizations conducting health and other scientific research. He has frequently appeared as an expert witness on issues of intellectual property and legal procedure.

John is a William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practiced law in Boston and then joined Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte, focusing on intellectual property and civil litigation, before becoming a member of the UNC law faculty in 1983. John teaches intellectual property, biotechnology, scientific evidence and civil procedure.

John publishes and widely lectures on such topics as intellectual property law as applied to emerging technologies, the anthropological and linguistic study of the American legal system, and the culture of business and finance. To view a list of publications, click here.

Honors & Awards

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Association, Professor S. Elizabeth Gibson Award for Faculty Excellence, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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Professional Affiliations

  • American Law Institute, Elected Member
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