Professor Sharon K. Sandeen is the Robins Kaplan LLP Distinguished Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the IP Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is an recognized expert on trade secret law, having written (with E. Rowe) the first casebook on the subject in the United States (Cases and Materials in Trade Secret Law), Trade Secret Law in a Nutshell, and Trade Secrecy and International Transactions. In addition to her books, Professor Sandeen has written more than 30 articles and book chapters on intellectual property, internet, and information law topics, including detailed examinations of the drafting histories the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Article 39 of the TRIPS Agreement, and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.
A native of northern California, Professor Sandeen earned two degrees from the University of California Berkeley: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and an LL.M. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She began full-time teaching in 2002. Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Sandeen practiced law in Sacramento, California, where she was a partner of two successive law firms. Her practice focused on business litigation in both state and federal courts, including IP and trade secret litigation.
Professor Sandeen is a member of the State Bar of California, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Law Institute.