Melissa Mortazavi teaches and writes about tort law, food law and policy, and professional responsibility. Her articles have appeared in the Minnesota, Washington & Lee, and Florida State Law Reviews, amongst others.
Professor Mortazavi joined the Brooklyn Law School faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law in Fall 2012. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Government and Theatre from Cornell University, where she was a Conger Wood Fellow. In law school, she served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the California Law Review and received the Allen F. Broussard Fellowship and the Department Education’s Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship. After graduating law school, Professor Mortazavi clerked for the Honorable Beverly B. Martin of the Northern District of Georgia (now 11th Circuit). Before joining the Brooklyn faculty, Professor Mortazavi litigated at Debevoise & Plimpton L.L.P. where her practice included cases involving products liability, professional ethics and corporate governance, food and drug law, sustainable resource and energy management, and securities investigations. Professor Mortazavi also engaged various significant pro bono representations, including briefing before the Supreme Court on behalf of Guantanamo detainees.