Prof. Tom W. Bell

Law Professor and Attorney

Professor Tom W. Bell earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993, practiced law in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and served as a policy director at the Cato Institute before joining Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, in 1998. He has published papers on copyrights, Internet law, polycentric law and consent theory, prediction markets, and the Third Amendment. Bell recently authored “Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good” (Mercatus 2014). He teaches all of the first-year common law courses and many electives. Bell’s clients include law schools trying to master the U.S. News & World Report rankings, who hire him for statistical analysis, and companies in the startup cities industry, who have him design legal systems.