Herbert Hovenkamp

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Herbert Hovenkamp
Occupation Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair
Spouse(s) Christina Bohannan
Academic work
Institutions University of Iowa College of Law
Main interests Antitrust

Herbert Hovenkamp (born 1948[1]) holds the Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair at the University of Iowa College of Law. Hovenkamp is a recognized expert and prolific author in the area of Antitrust law. He received a BA from Calvin College and earned an MA, PhD, and Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin.

Hovenkamp was previously Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law. Professor Hovenkamp is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Antitrust Scholarship[edit]

Professor Hovenkamp is generally regarded as "the most influential antitrust scholar of our generation"[2] and the New York Times reported that many consider him "the dean of American antitrust law."[3] He is the sole surviving author of Antitrust Law, the most cited legal treatise on the subject, and it consists of 20 volumes.[4]

In each of the last ten antitrust cases heard by the United States Supreme Court, either the petitioner or the solicitor general pointed to Hovenkamp as supporting the position the justices were being urged to take.[5] By 2005, Professor Hovenkamp's writings on the Robinson-Patman Act had been cited in approximately 70 federal court decisions and over 100 law review articles.[6]

Thomas Hungar, deputy solicitor general of the United States from 2003 to 2008, has called Hovenkamp one of the prime shapers of antitrust legal interpretation by U.S. courts.[7]

In 2008 Professor Hovenkamp received the John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. The award is presented approximately once every three years to "a person or persons for their outstanding achievement in antitrust law, contributing to the protection of American consumers and to the preservation of economic liberty."


  1. ^ http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n84166675/
  2. ^ http://www.luc.edu/law/academics/special/center/antitrust/pdfs/antitrust_enterprise.pdf
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/business/att-and-t-mobile-merger-is-a-textbook-case.html?scp=1&sq=hovenkamp%20dean&st=cse
  4. ^ http://onlinestore.cch.com/productdetail.asp?productid=3656
  5. ^ http://www.news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/april/042309hovenkamp.html
  6. ^ http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/amc/commission_hearings/pdf/Hovenkamp.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/april/042309hovenkamp.html

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