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Maja Larson

Adjunct Professor


General Counsel: Lawyering Within an Organization


  • JD, Seattle University School of Law
  • BA, with honors in Sociology, University of Washington


As general counsel for the Allen Institute, since 2007 Professor Larson has been responsible for the legal, risk management and crisis management functions, and has managed grants administration, research compliance and human resources. The Allen Institute is dedicated to answering some of the biggest questions in bioscience and accelerating research worldwide. It is a recognized leader in large-scale research with a commitment to an open science model. Professor Larson has an active legal intern program at the Allen Institute, giving law students the opportunity to learn in-house lawyering skills. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Professor Larson was vice president and associate general counsel at Expedia, Inc. and an associate in the corporate & securities group at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates). She has worked for a publicly traded shipyard overseeing a broad range of legal matters; for an international franchisor managing franchisee compliance; and in the finance department of a manufacturing company working on SEC reporting. Professor Larson is a regular speaker on panels and in classrooms on topics including the practice of law in nonprofit organizations, nonprofit governance, cultivating leadership skills, and IP in an open research setting. With Professor Margaret Chon, Professor Larson published a book chapter entitled "The Greatest Generational Impact: Open Neuroscience as an Emerging Knowledge Commons." She holds a B.A. with honors in Sociology from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.


Larson, M., & Chon, M. (2017). The Greatest Generational Impact: Open Neuroscience as an Emerging Knowledge Commons. In K. Strandburg, B. Frischmann, & M. Madison (Eds.), Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge Studies on Governing Knowledge Commons, pp. 166-191). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316544587.009