Faculty Profiles

David Nimmer

David Nimmer

Adjunct Faculty
A.B. Stanford, 1977
J.D. Yale, 1980

David Nimmer, Professor from Practice, is Of Counsel to Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, California. He also served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA Law School and Distinguished Scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. In 2000, he was elected to the American Law Institute.

Since 1985, Prof. Nimmer has updated and revised Nimmer on Copyright, the standard reference treatise in the field, first published in 1963 by his late father, Professor Melville B. Nimmer. That treatise is routinely cited by U.S. and foreign courts at all levels in copyright litigation. He has also contributed to numerous other books, including Le lisibile et l’illsibe (2003), Cases and Materials on Copyright and Other Aspects of Entertainment Litigation (2002), Artefacts and Intellectual Property (2001), Copinger and Skone James on Copyright (1991) On Multimedia: Technologies for the 21st Century (1990), Droit des affaires (1989), and International Copyright Law and Practice (1989 - 1998). He has also published a series of influential articles on the subject of U.S. and international copyright. In 2003, Kluwer International published an anthology of his articles under the title Copyright: Sacred Text, Technology and the DMCA.

Prof. Nimmer lectures widely in the copyright arena. Besides in-house seminars (such as for the legal staffs of Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta and Times Mirror in New York and Los Angeles), he has lectured around the world — at MILIA in Cannes, ALAI in Tel Aviv, LUISS in Rome, IMPRIMATUR in London, and the Copyright Society of Japan in Tokyo, and regularly to bar organizations in California and throughout the U.S. In addition to writing and lecturing, he represents clients in the entertainment, publishing, and high-technology fields. He gave congressional testimony on behalf of the United States Telephone Association in 1997 and the National Association of Broadcasters in 1992, and Parliamentary testimony on behalf of the Combined Newspaper and Magazine Copyright Committee of Australia in Sydney in 1993.

Nimmer received an A.B. with distinction and honors in 1977 from Stanford University and his J.D. in 1980 from Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal.