Robert Pitofsky

Dean Emeritus

A.B., New York University; LL.B., Columbia

Areas of Expertise:

Administrative Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection

Professor Pitofsky has had a distinguished career in government and is especially known for his work in the antitrust field. He has served as a...

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Professor Pitofsky has had a distinguished career in government and is especially known for his work in the antitrust field. He has served as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, the director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the FTC, counsel to the American Bar Association Commission to Study the FTC, and chair of a Department of Defense Task Force on downsizing the Defense Industry. In addition, he is co-author of the text, Cases & Materials on Antitrust, and his recent writings include "New Definitions of Relevant Market and the Assault on Antitrust" and "Proposals for Revised Merger Enforcement in a Global Economy." Professor Pitofsky has taught courses at the Law Center in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Federal Courts, and Constitutional Law. He practiced law as counsel to the D.C. firm of Arnold and Porter and was an attorney with Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer and Wood. In addition, he served as a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference to the United States and the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar Association. Professor Pitofsky is currently on leave from the Law Center, having recently served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Robert Pitofsky, Harvey J. Goldschmid & Diane P. Wood, Trade Regulation: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 6th ed. 2010 & Supp. 2011).    [BOOK]
  • How the Chicago School Overshot the Mark: The Effect of Conservative Economic Analysis on U.S. Antitrust (Robert Pitofsky ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Robert Pitofsky, Some Predictions About Future Antitrust Enforcement, 16 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 895-902 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Unresolved Issues at the Heart of the New Economy, in Intellectual Property and Competition 53-77 (Michael A. Carrier ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar 2011).    [BOOK]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Efficiency Consideration and Merger Enforcement: Comparison of U.S. and EU Approaches, in International Antitrust Law & Policy: Annual Proceedings of the Fordham Competition Law Institute 287-296 (Barry E. Hawk ed., Huntington, N.Y.: Juris Publishing Inc. 2007).   
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Books

  • Robert Pitofsky, Harvey J. Goldschmid & Diane P. Wood, Trade Regulation: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 6th ed. 2010 & Supp. 2011).    [BOOK]
  • How the Chicago School Overshot the Mark: The Effect of Conservative Economic Analysis on U.S. Antitrust (Robert Pitofsky ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Teacher's Manual to Trade Regulation: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 5th ed. 2003).    [BOOK]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Harvey J. Goldschmid & Diane Wood, Trade Regulation: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 5th ed. 2003 & Supp. 2007).    [BOOK]
  • The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2001: A Global Competition Review Special Report (Robert Pitofsky ed., London: Law Business International 2000).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Robert Pitofsky, Some Predictions About Future Antitrust Enforcement, 16 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 895-902 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Comments on Lemley: An Introduction to IP and Antitrust, 13 Sw. J. L. & Trade Am. 257-260 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Efficiency Consideration and Merger Enforcement: Comparision of U.S. and EU Approaches, 30 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1413-1425 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Father Robert F. Drinan, 95 Geo. L.J. 1721-1722 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Past, Present, and Future of Antitrust Enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 209-227 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Comments on Warren Grimes: Transparency in Federal Antitrust Enforcement, 51 Buff. L. Rev. 995-999 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Unresolved Issues at the Heart of the New Economy, 34 Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 643-667 (2002).   
  • Robert Pitofsky, Donna Patterson & Jonathan Hooks, The Essential Facilities Doctrine Under United States Antitrust Law, 70 Antitrust L.J. 443-462 (2002)(revising 708 PLI/Pat 775-801 (2002)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Donna Patterson & Jonathan Hooks, The Essential Facilities Doctrine Under United States Antitrust Law, 708 PLI/Pat 775-801 (2002)(revised in 70 Antitrust L.J. 443-462 (2002)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century: A View From the Middle, 76 St. John’s L. Rev. 583-594 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century: The Matter of Remedies, 91 Geo. L.J. 169-181 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Unresolved Issues at the Heart of the New Economy, 16 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 535-559 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Challenges of the New Economy: Issues at the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property, 68 Antitrust L.J. 913-924 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Tribute to Norman Dorsen, 58 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 27-28 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Unresolved Issues at the Heart of the New Economy, in Intellectual Property and Competition 53-77 (Michael A. Carrier ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar 2011).    [BOOK]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Efficiency Consideration and Merger Enforcement: Comparison of U.S. and EU Approaches, in International Antitrust Law & Policy: Annual Proceedings of the Fordham Competition Law Institute 287-296 (Barry E. Hawk ed., Huntington, N.Y.: Juris Publishing Inc. 2007).   
  • Robert Pitofsky & Jonathan B. Baker, Turning Point in Merger Enforcement: Federal Trade Commission v. Staples, in Antitrust Stories (Eleanor M. Fox & Daniel A. Crane eds., New York: Foundation Press 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust Cooperation, Global Trade and U.S. Competition Policy, in Competition Policy in the Global Trading System 53-60 (Clifford A. Jones & Mitsuo Matsushita eds., The Hague: Kluwer Law International 2002).    [BOOK]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Competition Policy in a Global Economy – Today and Tomorrow, in New Directions in International Economic Law: Essays in Honour of John H. Jackson 415-424 (Marco C.E.J. Bronckers & Reinhard Quick eds., The Hague: Kluwer Law International 2000).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • The Leegin Decision: The End of the Consumer Discounts or Good Antitrust Policy?: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Antitrust, Competition Policy, & Consumer Rights of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 110th Cong., July 31, 2007 (Statement of Robert Pitofsky) (CIS-No.: 2008-S521-15).    [Gtown Law]
  • Dominance in the Sky: Cable Competition and the EchoStar-DIRECTV Merger: Hearing Before the S. Subcomm. on Antitrust, Bus. Rights & Competition of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 107th Cong., Mar. 6, 2002 (Statement of Robert Pitofsky) (CIS-No.: 2003-S521-13).    [Gtown Law]
  • Direct Broadcast Satellite Service and Competition in the Multichannel Video Distribution Market: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 107th Cong., Dec. 4, 2001 (Statement of Robert Pitofsky) (CIS-No.: 2002-H521-11).    [Gtown Law]
  • Supreme Court Nomination of Stephen Breyer: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 103d Cong., July 15, 1994 (Statement of Robert Pitofsky) (CIS-No.: 95-S521-15).   
  • Examing the Effects of Megamergers in the Telecommunications Industry: Hearing Before the S. Subcomm. on Antitrust, Monopolies & Bus. Rights of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 103d Cong., Dec. 16, 1993 (Statement of Robert Pitofsky) (CIS-No.: 95-S521-7).   
  • FTC Authorization: Hearing on S. 677 Before the S. Subcomm. on the Consumer of the S. Comm. on Commerce, Sci. & Transportation, 101st Cong., June 7, 1989 (Statement of Robert Pitofsky) (CIS-No.: 89-S261-55).   
  • Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act: Hearing on S. 795 & S. 734 Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 97th Cong., June 17, 1981 (Statement of Robert Pitofsky) (CIS-No.: 82-S521-23).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Robert Pitofsky, Are Retailers Who Offer Discounts Really "Knaves"?: The Coming Challenge to the Dr. Miles Rule, Antitrust, Spring 2007, at 61-65.    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Randal Shaheen & Amy Mudge, Pricing Laws Are No Bargain For Consumers, Antitrust, Summer 2004, at 62-65.    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert Pitofsky, Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Unresolved Issues at the Heart of the New Economy, 671 PLI/PAT 457-470 (2001).    [W]
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"2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced," American Lawyer, August 19, 2015, featuring Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky and Marna Tucker, L'65. 

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"2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced," American Lawyer, August 19, 2015, featuring Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky and Marna Tucker, L'65. 

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