Bridgette M. de Gyarfas
Director of the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online and Associate Professor of Law
B.S., Computer Information Systems, 1984, Arizona State University; J.D., 1994, Southwestern Law School; Member, California State and District of Columbia Bars
Phone: (213) 738-6657
Bridgette M. de Gyarfas brings extensive experience in communications, legal education and legal practice to the law classroom. She served as Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing and Assistant Dean of Students at Concord University School of Law for seven years. She also taught Defenses in the Law as a member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty before her appointment in 2009 as a visiting associate professor teaching LAWS and other courses. She was recently named Director of Southwestern's new Online Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. and Associate Professor of Law. "I like demystifying the law school experience and helping students become successful," she says. "It is wonderful to see a student achieve that 'aha!' moment."
"I like demystifying the law school experience and helping students become successful. It is wonderful to see a student achieve that 'aha!' moment."
Professor de Gyarfas began her law career as law clerk to Hon. Kathleen P. March, Hon. Alan M. Ahart and Hon. Vincent P. Zurzolo of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. She went on to practice law for several years as an associate with the firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, and as a sole practitioner specializing in bankruptcy law and general commercial litigation.
Prior to law school, Professor de Gyarfas utilized her degree in Computer Information Systems as supervisor of a team designing a communications command control system at Lockheed Aircraft Services and as a software engineer leading a development team for an audio/visual/graphics system on a large Air Force aircraft training project for Hughes Training, Inc. Several years later, as a law student at Southwestern, she was Managing Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honors Program.