Lisa A. Dolak L’88

Lisa DolakAngela S. Cooney Professor of Law 2009-2022
Professor of Law

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Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Professor Dolak teaches courses on patent law, civil procedure, and the federal courts. Her research interests include issues at the intersections of patent law and judicial procedure and patent law and legal ethics.

In her professional consulting practice, she serves as an expert in patent cases, attorney malpractice cases, and attorney disciplinary proceedings. During a sabbatical leave from Syracuse University, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul R. Michel, Judge (Ret.), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

From 2015 through 2021, Dolak served as Senior Vice President and University Secretary, leading the Office of the Board of Trustees at Syracuse University, which is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Board and its various committees to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the University’s system of governance.

Prior to attending law school, Dolak worked for several years as a synthetic organic chemist in pharmaceutical research aimed at the development of new drugs at Bristol-Myers and Ayerst Laboratories Research, Inc.

Dolak received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duquesne University and a Juris Doctor summa cum laude from the Syracuse University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and before the US Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Syracuse University
    College of Law
    J.D., summa cum laude 1988
  • Duquesne University
    B.S. 1983