Richard S. Saver

Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Biotechnology and the Law
  • Business Organizations Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Life Sciences Law
  • Medical Jurisprudence
  • Nonprofit Organizations Law
  • Products Liability
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Torts


Richard Saver joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2010 and serves as the Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law. He is also Professor (secondary appointment) in the Department of Social Medicine, UNC School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of health policy and management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

His teaching and research interests include health law, torts, and nonprofit organizations. He has authored scholarship in law reviews, medical journals, book chapters, and other interdisciplinary publications. His co-authored book, HEALTH LAW AND BIOETHICS: CASES IN CONTEXT, a behind-the-scenes look at the leading cases in the annals of health law, was published by Aspen Publishers. Saver received the UNC School of Law’s Chadbourn Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2012) for his law review article on health care reform and comparative effectiveness research. In addition, Saver received the UNC School of Law’s Robert G. Byrd Award (2015-2016) for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching.

Saver received his B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard University in History and Science (Biology) and his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School. He was a member of the Stanford Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Eugene Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Saver practiced in the health law department of McDermott, Will, & Emery in Washington, D.C. He then served as Associate General Counsel for the University of Chicago Medical Center, working on a variety of regulatory, transactional, and patient-care issues. At the University of Chicago, he also served as counsel to the University’s human subjects research review committee (the Institutional Review Board)and lectured on health law topics.


  • J.D. (distinction), Stanford University
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), History and Science (Biology), Harvard University

Selected Publications

Patients First, Public Health Last, in COVID-19 AND THE LAW: DISRUPTION, IMPACT, & LEGACY (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2023).
K3575.C68 C675 2024

Physicians Spreading Medical Misinformation: The Uneasy Case for Regulation, 108 MINN. L. REV. 911 (2023).
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Transparency and Financial Conflicts: The Uncertain Case for Sunshine, in TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES: LAW AND ETHICS (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2019).
KF3821 .T73 201

Health Law's Uneasy Relationship with Delivery System Innovation, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF U.S. HEALTH LAW (Oxford Univ. Press) (online 2015, print 2017).
KF3821 .O98 2017

Is It Really All About the Money? Reconsidering Non-Financial Interests in Medical Research, 40 J.L. MED. & ETHICS 467 (2012).
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Health Care Reform's Wild Card: The Uncertain Effectiveness of Comparative Effectiveness Research, 159 U. PA. L. REV. 2147 (2011).
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HEALTH LAW AND BIOETHICS: CASES IN CONTEXT (R. Saver, J. Krause, S. Johnson & R. Fretwell Wilson eds.) (Aspen Pub., 2009).
KF3821 .H4345 2009

In Tepid Defense of Population Health: Physicians and Antibiotic Resistance, 34 AM. J.L. & MED. 431 (2008).
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Medical Research Oversight From the Corporate Governance Perspective: Comparing Institutional Review Boards and Corporate Boards, 46 WM. & MARY L. REV. 619 (2004).
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Squandering the Gain: Gainsharing and the Continuing Dilemma of Physician Financial Incentives, 98 NW. U. L. REV. 145 (2003).
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