Legal Research Center
Tomas Gomez-Arostegui joined our faculty Fall 2006. Before that he served as a Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law at the University of Oslo. He regularly teaches a seminar on the History of the Common Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, and Trademark Law. His research interests lie primarily in the history of intellectual property before the year 1800, especially that of copyright and patent, and in the remedies awarded in intellectual property cases. In 2015, the American Society for Legal History awarded him the Sutherland Prize for the best article or book chapter on English legal history published in the prior year.
Tomas clerked for the late Judge Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California from 1997 to 1998 in Los Angeles, and for Judge John C. Porfilio of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from 1998 to 1999 in Denver. He then practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Century City, California, and Hogan & Hartson LLP in Denver, Colorado. As part of his practice, he litigated matters relating to toxic torts, copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and publicity rights.
While in law school, Tomas served as a Notes Editor on the Southern California Law Review and for two years as a legal writing instructor. His LL.M. degree from the University of Oslo is in European intellectual-property, telecommunications, e-commerce, and data-privacy law. Tomas is a member of the California bar.