Felix Mormann

Associate Professor of Law

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“Energy drives our economy. But it also drives global climate change and imposes other environmental costs on society – for generations to come. Law offers a powerful framework for reconciling these and other competing interests toward an economically and environmentally sustainable energy future.”

Get to Know Felix Mormann

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Law is about ambiguity. Unlike most mathematical problems, legal questions may have more than one answer that could be considered “right.” This ambiguity can be daunting, if not downright frustrating, for students. One of the many joys of teaching law is helping students embrace ambiguity as an opportunity to make a difference.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

My teaching objective is to simultaneously build the substantive legal knowledge of my students as well as their analytical and other critical skills. Interpretation and application of the law is heavily context-dependent. I hope to give students the tools necessary to develop solutions to legal problems across a wide range of constantly changing circumstances.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I worked as a corporate and energy attorney, originally with a focus on M&A and general corporate matters, then transitioning to renewable energy project finance and development. Before that, I clerked for two federal judges and the foreign service. As a management consultant, I advised international high-tech clients.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

I love travel, food, and sports. Playing and coaching tennis not only helped me pay for law school but also inspired me to consider a career in teaching. Today, I am privileged to be able to share my passions with my family.

What are your research interests?

My research explores the legal, policy, and financial challenges along the path to a sustainable energy economy. My scholarship draws on and engages with multiple literatures, including the literatures on environmental law, regulatory theory, law and economics, corporate law, technology innovation, tax law, and, more recently, federalism. 

Publications

Link to my publications.

Expertise

  • Energy law
  • Environmental law
  • Climate change
  • Corporate law

Courses

  • Energy Law
  • Law & Policy of Clean Energy Innovation
  • Corporations
  • Climate & Energy

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2017-present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    University of Miami School of Law (2012-2017)
    Awarded tenure and promoted to full professor in 2017
  • Faculty Fellow
    Stanford Law School (2012-present)
  • Research Fellow & Lecturer in Law
    Stanford Law School (2009-2012)
  • Visiting Scholar
    UC Berkeley School of Law (2008-2009)

Education

  • J.S.D. (Dr. iur.), University of Passau School of Law
  • LL.M., UC Berkeley School of Law
  • J.D. (1st State Examination), University of Passau School of Law

Awards / Honors

  • Young Environmental Scholar Award, University of Utah College of Law (2017)
  • E.ON Grant for Comparative Energy Policy Analysis, Co-P.I. (2014-2015)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Solar Future Grant, Contractor (2014-2015)
  • University of Miami Provost Research Award, P.I. (2013-2014)
  • Stanford Transatlantic Technology Law Forum Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • Silicon Valley Bank Energy Policy and Finance Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legal Research Fellowship (2009-2011)