Lawrence M. Sung, JD, PhD

Adjunct Instructor
Academic AreaLaw & Ethics
Areas of InterestIntellectual Property Law, Business Law, Health Law

Lawrence M. Sung joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2013 as an adjunct instructor. He is a registered patent attorney and partner with Wiley Rein LLP (Washington, D.C.), where he specializes in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device patent litigation and counseling. Following graduation from law school, Sung served as a judicial clerk to (now Senior) Circuit Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington, D.C.). He is a former professor and Intellectual Property Law program director at the University of Maryland School of Law. He has published extensively in the area of intellectual property law on issues including those concerning biotechnology and technology transfer. Sung received his PhD in microbiology from the U.S. Department of Defense, Uniformed Services University; and his JD cum laude from the American University, Washington College of Law. Courses taught at Carey include Business Law and Legal Foundations of Health Care.  


  • JD, Law, American University - Washington College of Law
  • Ph. D, Microbiology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • BA, Biology, University of Pennsylvania


  • Business Law

Honors and distinctions

  • Washington, DC Best Lawyer® in Biotechnology Law (2013-2019) 
  • 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Biotechnology Law in Washington, DC.
  • Super Lawyer® in Intellectual Property Litigation (2018-2019)
  • Author, The Patent Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters, 2003-2019 annual editions)