Dean Emeritus Pitofsky Receives The American Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Award

August 26, 2015 —

Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky

Georgetown University Law Center Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky has been selected as a recipient of The American Lawyer’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Bob Pitofsky’s extraordinary career is a legal trifecta,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “He has been a superb teacher and leader of the Georgetown Law community, an extraordinary public servant at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and an outstanding lawyer at Arnold & Porter. He is a giant, not only in the history of the Law Center, but in the law, and this honor is richly deserved.” 

The Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to lawyers “whose long careers have distinguished the legal profession and who have embraced public service.” Pitofsky’s fellow 2015 honorees include Esther Lardent, founder of the Pro Bono Institute, former Solicitor General Drew Days, and leading divorce lawyer Marna Tucker (L’65). Previous recipients include former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (L’61).

Pitofsky is recognized worldwide as a leader in antitrust law and consumer protection law. His career has spanned academia, government and private practice. Pitofsky has taught courses at Georgetown Law in antitrust, consumer protection, federal courts and constitutional law. He has published a leading antitrust casebook and numerous articles. In addition, he served as dean and executive vice president for Law Center affairs at Georgetown Law from 1983 to 1989. A former chairman of the FTC from 1995 to 2001, he also served the agency as a commissioner from 1978 to 1981 and as director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection from 1970 to 1973. He is retired counsel at Arnold & Porter, where his practice focused on antitrust and consumer protection matters.

In announcing the award, The American Lawyer cited Pitofsky’s leadership at the FTC – which, in the words of Georgetown Law Professor Steven Salop, “really invigorated the place.” According to Bill Baer, who oversaw the agency’s competition bureau under Pitofsky and who now heads the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust enforcement division, “he had one of the most successful tenures of any FTC chair across the board.”

When asked by The American Lawyer the best advice he ever received about the law, Pitofsky said, “Being smart is important, but just as important is being prepared.”