Dean of the Columbus School of Law and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law
Steve Payne began his tenure as Dean of the Columbus School of Law and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law on July 1, 2019. He previously served as a partner and the Chair of the FDA and Health Care practice group at the global law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where his practice focused on regulatory compliance, investigations, and enforcement litigation, as well as an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he taught FDA Regulation and Health Law & Policy. Prior to that role, Dean Payne practiced at Sidley Austin LLP both as a partner and associate in the Washington, D.C. office. Dean Payne also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at the U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dean Payne holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and a Prize Finalist in the Thomas Swann Barristers’ Union Mock Trial Competition. He also graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he finished first in his class.