Simona Grossi

Professor of Law
Theodore A. Bruinsma Fellow

JD, L.U.I.S.S. University, Rome, Italy
LLM, University of California at Berkeley, School of Law
JSD, University of California at Berkeley, School of Law

"I think there is a profound and enduring beauty 
in simplicity, in clarity, in efficiency. 
True simplicity is derived from so much more than 
just the absence of clutter and ornamentations. 
It's about bringing order to complexity."
-- Jonathan Ive


Professor Grossi graduated from L.U.I.S.S. University, Rome, Italy in 2002. She completed her master's degree (LL.M.) and doctoral program (J.S.D.) at UC Berkeley, School of Law. She worked for the U.N. from 2000 to 2002 and then went into private practice and worked for Clifford Chance LLP and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo doing national and transnational litigation from 2002 to 2008. She worked for Judge Charles Breyer at the USDC for the Northern District of California in 2010. Professor Grossi joined Loyola Law School L.A. in 2010. She was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2011. She is also a member of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL). Her scholarship focuses on civil procedure, federal courts, judicial decisionmaking, and legislative reform. In 2016 Professor Grossi has served as the Chair of the AALS Executive Committee for the Section on Civil Procedure.



  • The Legislative History of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, forthcoming.
  • The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Common Threads and Ideas, forthcoming.
  • Charles E. Clark: A Biography, forthcoming.
  • Legal Realism and Legal Process: The Untold Story, forthcoming.
  • The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as A Model of Legislative Reform, forthcoming.
  • The Courts and the People in a Democratic System, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • Federal Courts: Principles, Cases & Practices (with Allan Ides) West Academic Publishing, forthcoming;
  • California Civil Procedure: Rules, Comments, Cases & Practices (with Allan Ides), Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming.
  • Civil Procedure: Cases & Problems (with Allan Ides & Christopher N. May) (Aspen, 5th ed., 2016).
  • Constitutional Law: National Power and Federalism (with Allan Ides & Christopher N. May) (Aspen 2016, 7th ed.).
  • Constitutional Law: Individual Rights (with Allan Ides & Christopher N. May) (Aspen, 7th ed., 2016).
  • The US Supreme Court and the Modern Common Law Approach to the Decision Making Process, Cambridge University Press (2015).
  • Transnational Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide. Italy. Oxford University Press, March 2010.
  • Commentary to the Italian Code of Civil Procedure, Oxford University Press, February 2010.



American Law Institute (ALI)
International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL)