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John Campbell

John Campbell is the co-director the Denver Empirical Justice Institute. He has extensive experience as an appellate and trial attorney. During his career, Professor Campbell earned the unique distinction of having the highest settlement in Missouri one year ($262 million in 2015) while also being recognized as one of the “Most Influential Appellate Advocates” in Missouri twice (2011 and 2013). Professor Campbell is one of the few professors in the country to be recognized as Super Lawyer (2014-2015) and one of America’s Best Lawyers (2015). Professor Campbell teaches a variety of courses at DU, including Lawyering Process, Torts, and a live client appellate course that he created.

His scholarship focuses on consumer issues and measuring persuasion, both written and before juries. Through DEJI, along with co-director Bernard Chao, Professor Campbell currently studies jury behavior and the how writing styles impact win rates on appeal. Professor Campbell’s scholarship appeared or will appear in a number of well-respected journals, including Iowa Law Review, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and Brooklyn Law Review.



Bernard Chao

Bernard Chao is an associate professor is the co-director of its Empirical Justice Institute. He joined the University of Denver after practicing law in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years in variety of different roles. At Wilson, Sonsini and Pennie & Edmonds, Professor Chao represented companies in high stakes patent litigations. Professor Chao was also Vice President of Legal Strategy at Covad Communications as the company grew from a startup to a public company with thousands of employees. Later Professor Chao co-founded his own firm, Chao Hadidi Stark & Barker LLP, which continues to provide strategic patent counseling to technology companies. Professor Chao has also advised judges as a court appointed Special Master, most notably, in the largest patent multidistrict litigation in U.S. history, In Re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation.

Drawing on his industry experience, Professor Chao’s writings seek to apply a theoretical understanding of the law to relevant real world issues and several of his works have been cited in briefings to the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to writing on patent law, Professor Chao has also conducted studies on how cognitive biases (e.g. anchoring, scaling and hindsight bias) impact legal decision making. Substantively, his empirical work with the Denver Empirical Justice Institute has covered a variety of topics including 4th Amendment search and seizure, assessing how different damages arguments affect juries, and measuring how applications on personalized medicine technology are faring at the patent office. His empirical papers have been or will be published in many leading journals including the California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and the influential Patently O Law Journal.