David W. Opderbeck

Counsel, Business & Commercial Litigation at
Gibbons P.C.

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New York


Mr. Opderbeck is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology. He focuses his practice on cybersecurity and computer law, privacy and civil rights, intellectual property, legal malpractice, and professional ethics. Professor Opderbeck’s passion for cybersecurity law and policy resulted in a multi-year grant-funded project, at Seton Hall University School of Law, sponsored by the Bergen County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office, which included new courses, continuing legal education programs, and the creation of a governmental working group on cybersecurity and cybercrime. He frequently appears in national and international media outlets and lectures to law enforcement agencies and other groups on cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and civil liberties.



  • University of Nottingham (Ph.D. Candidate)
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M., Trade Regulation)
  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Seton Hall Legislative Journal
  • Gordon College




State of New Jersey

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Court of International Trade



• "Drone Courts," 44 Rutgers L.J. 413, 2014

• "The Problem With NeuroLaw," 58 St. Louis U. L.J. 497, 2014

• "Towards a Theology of Intellectual Property as Social Relations," 10 St. Thomas L.J. 738 Symposium, 2014

• "Does the Communications Act of 1934 Contain a Hidden Internet Kill Switch," 65 Federal Communications Law J. 1, 2013

• "Social Network Analysis of Patents and Trade Secrets as Social Relations," 41 Aipla Q. 355, 2013

• "Cybersecurity and Executive Power," 89 Washington U. L. Rev. 795, 2012

• "Rational Competition Policy and Reverse Payment Patent Settlements Under the Hatch-Waxman Act," 98 Georgetown L.J. 1303, 2010

• "Deconstructing Jefferson’s Candle: Towards a Critical Realist Approach to Cultural Environmentalism and Information Policy," 49 Jurimetrics 203, 2009

• "Patent Damages and the Shape of Patent Law," 89 Boston University Law Review 127, 2009

• "A Virtue Ethics Approach to the Biotechnology Commons (or, The Virtuous Penguin)," 59 Maine Law Rev. 316, 2007

• "The Penguin’s Paradox: The Political Economy of International Intellectual Property and the Paradox of Open Source," 18 Stanford Law & Policy Rev. 101, 2007

• "Patents, Essential Medicines, and the Innovation Game," 58 Vanderbilt Law Review 501, 2005

• "Peer-to-Peer Networks, Technological Darwinism, and Intellectual Property Reverse Private Attorney General Litigation," 20 Berkeley Technology Law J. 1, 2005

• "The Penguin’s Genome, or Coase and Open Source Biotechnology," 18 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 168, 2004



• Speaker, Itechlaw 2014 World Technology Law Conference, “Dealing with Hackers,” New York, NY, May 2014

• Speaker, Religious Legal Theory Conference, “The NSA is/and the Antichrist,” Emory Law School, March 2014

• Speaker, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, “Federal Circuit Year in Review,” Newark, NJ, September 2013

• Speaker, New York State Wireless Association Meeting, “Mobile Payment Systems and Cybersecurity,” New York, NY, June 2013

• Webinar Speaker, American Bar Association, “Cyber Threats and Network Security Countermeasures: Keeping Your Intellectual Property and Secret Safe,” May 2013

• Organizer and Moderator, “Law and the Human Person Roundtable,” University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, IN, April 2013

• Speaker, Intellectual Property and Religious Conference, “Towards a Theology of Intellectual Property as Social Relations,” University of St. Thomas Law School, Minneapolis, MN, March 2013

• Speaker, Practicing Law Institute, “Think Like A Lawyer, Talk Like A Geek: Dealing With 

Hackers,” New York, NY, November 2012

• Speaker, New Jersey Prosecutors’ College, “Cybersecurity Law Update,” Atlantic City, NJ, 

September 2012

• Speaker, U.S. Military Academy, “Cybersecurity, Cyberwar, Cyberterrorism, and Civil Rights,” 

West Point, NY, April 2012

• Speaker, Internet Law Works In Progress Conference, “Does The Communications Act of 1934 Provide an Internet Kill Switch?,” New York Law School, March 2012

• Speaker, L'École Supérieure Catholique De Droit De Jérémie, “International Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines,” Haiti, March 2012

• Speaker, Religious Legal Theory Conference, “Beyond Bits, Memes And Utility Machines: Intellectual Property, Theology, and Metaphysics,” Pepperdine Law School, California, February 2012

• Speaker, New Jersey Public Defender’s CLE Program, “Computer Crimes Update,” Trenton, NJ, November 2011

• Speaker, New Jersey Marine Corps Reserve Terrorism Symposium, “Computer Crimes and Cyber-Terrorism,” New Jersey Institute of Technology, October 2011

• Speaker, New Jersey Prosecutor’s College, “Computer Crimes Update,” Atlantic City, NJ, September 2011

• Speaker, Seton Hall University School of Law Symposium, “Preparing for a Pharmaceutical Response to Pandemic Flu” and “State Sovereignty, Flu Viruses, and Intellectual Property, October 2008


• Speaker, Temple Law School Symposium, “The Evolution of Life-Saving Drugs: The Open 

Source Model and Beyond” and “Challenges for Open Source Biotechnology,” February 2006


• Speaker, Seton Hall University School of Law Symposium, “Peer-To-Peer Networking at the Crossroads” and “Copynorms and Filesharing Litigation,” April 2004

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  • New York

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