George Horvath

  • Lecturer
    Darling Foundation Fellow in Public Law
  • Tel: 510-666-3783
  • 321 Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200

George Horvath is the Darling Foundation Fellow in Public Law and Lecturer at Berkeley Law. His scholarly interests focus on how constitutional law and federalism concerns intersect with the health care enterprise. His Comment, Recovery and Preemption: The Collision of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and the Medical Device Amendments, which examined the unforeseen effects on the Medicare system of the Supreme Court’s broad preemption of strict products liability suits, was published in the California Law Review in 2015. His work in progress asks whether the ACA’s American Health Benefits Exchanges provisions sacrificed the advantages of the states as laboratories of experimentation.

A second scholarly focus applies empirical analyses to examine the effect of statutory and regulatory policy on various facets of the health care enterprise. An ongoing project involves the analysis of medical device failures to understand and critique the balance between adequate regulation and innovation that Congress sought to strike in the Medical Device Amendments.

Horvath earned his J.D. at Berkeley Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge John T. Noonan, Jr., on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his first career as a physician, he practiced a high-tech subspecialty of cardiology, working extensively with implanted cardiac devices and investigational drugs. His teaching includes Introduction to U.S. Legal Scholarship, Veterans’ Law Practicum, and Introduction to Health Law. He serves as an advisor for Berkeley Law moot court appellate teams.