Feb. 13, 2018 — Christopher Storm, a 2008 alumnus of the University of Houston Law Center, came back to campus last week, giving an aptly titled presentation, "The Prodigal Storm Returns."
Storm currently works as senior counsel for intellectual property at Uber's office in Pittsburgh. Storm heads Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, which features the company's self-driving vehicle program. The program is intended to further develop self-driving technologies, mapping potential safety hazards and promoting vehicle safety.
Storm noted that his interest in urban planning, among other areas, and his business acumen helped him land a position at Uber. He said former Dean and Professor Raymond T. Nimmer, who passed away Jan. 24, was instrumental in sparking his passion for IP law.
"When I came to law school I decided I wanted to pursue a broad IP skillset," Storm said. "Dean Nimmer is mostly responsible for that. I took his first-year contracts class and decided that area was something I wanted to pursue.
"He was my favorite professor, and I was fortunate to work for him during my 2L and 3L years. He's had a huge impact on my career, and he will be missed."
During his time at the Law Center, Storm worked as a research assistant for Nimmer and Professor Paul Janicke. He graduated in the top 1 percent of his class. In 2016, he earned a M.S. degree in technology commercialization from the Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas.
Storm previously worked at Bell Helicopter as an assistant general counsel in intellectual property, and for Baker Botts as an associate.
Click here to watch Storm's lecture.