Cyrus Habib

Distinguished Policymaker in Residence


Sullivan Hall 315
(206) 398-4031


Intellectual Property Licensing Law Legislative Seminar


Professor Cyrus Habib was elected to serve as Washington's 16th Lieutenant Governor in 2016, having previously served in the state Senate and House of Representatives. While in the Legislature, he sought to help small businesses gain access to capital, authored legislation that expanded paid sick leave, and increased access to government for Washington residents by allowing for the submission of prerecorded remote testimony on legislation. As a lawyer at Perkins Coie from 2009 to 2017, he advised startup companies and small businesses, helping them to obtain needed financing. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, he is also President of the State Senate, serves as acting-Governor when the Governor is out of the state, and maintains a portfolio of issues including Veteran and Disability Employment, Higher Education, and Economic Development, Trade, and International Relations.

At the Law School, Professor Habib has taught courses on legislation, intellectual property licensing, and start-up law. A graduate of Columbia, Oxford, and the Yale Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, he is also a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a Soros Fellow.