David Deal

Lecturer in Law; Co-Director, Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic


B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D., University of Missouri - Columbia

Phone / Email

Phone:  (314) 935-7960


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 122


Tina Parker (314) 935-7238

Courses Taught

Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic
Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs
IP Moot Court: Patents & Copyright
IP Moot Court: Trademarks & Unfair Competition


David R. Deal is a Lecturer in Law and Co-Director for the Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic for the law school. With his background in mechanical engineering and years of legal practice in the intellectual property arena, he is a key component of the law school’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Program. In addition to his teaching, clinic, and administrative duties, Deal supervises the two intellectual property related moot court competitions and the patent law field placement program. Prior to joining the law school, Deal was an associate at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, where he focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications as well as on trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing, and litigation matters, and a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., reviewing patent applications for compliance prior to approval or rejection. A member of the Missouri Bar, he also worked as a trial attorney for the Office of the Public Defender in Chillicothe, Missouri.