Michael H. Dessent - California Western
Michael H. Dessent
Professor of Law
Dean Emeritus

Michael H. Dessent

225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101



J.D. Northwestern University [cum laude, Order of the Coif]
B.S. Northwestern University [business]

Courses Taught
Contracts I & II, Business Organizations, Enterprise Law, Internship Seminar [Course Descriptions]


Professor and Dean Emeritus Dessent fulfilled a variety of leadership roles and has represented some of the leading businesses in the United States throughout a distinguished legal career. Dean Dessent has held several senior executive and directorship positions for publicly traded corporations, typically as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel. As Chief Executive Officer of California Western School of Law for 1986-96, he directed the institution into the forefront of legal education. He and his wife have served on a number of boards of charitable entities in San Diego.

Selected Publications