Robert Pitofsky

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Robert Pitofsky
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Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
In office
April 11, 1995 – May 31, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byJanet Dempsey Steiger
Succeeded byTimothy Muris
Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
In office
June 29, 1978 – April 30, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded byCalvin J. Collier
Succeeded byGeorge W. Douglas
Personal details
Born(1929-12-27)December 27, 1929
Paterson, New Jersey
DiedOctober 6, 2018(2018-10-06) (aged 88)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic

Robert Pitofsky, (December 27, 1929 – October 6, 2018) was an American lawyer and politician who was the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission of the United States from April 11, 1995, to May 31, 2001. He had previously been Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center from 1983 to 1989, and was Dean Emeritus at the time of his passing.[1]

Pitofsky was educated at New York University and the Columbia University School of Law. Before becoming chairman of the FTC on April 12, 1995, he previously held positions with the FTC as a Commissioner (1978–1981) and as Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (1970–1973).[2]

Pitofsky is the primary author of one of the most widely used casebooks in the area of trade regulation, now in its sixth edition.

Pitofsky was married and has three children and seven grandchildren. He died at the age of 88 on October 6, 2018.[3]



  • Cases and Materials on Trade Regulation (Foundation Press 5th ed. 2003) (with others).


  • "Antitrust at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century: the Matter of Remedies," 91 Geo. L.J. 169 (2002).
  • "Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Unresolved Issues at the Heart of the New Economy," 34 Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 643 (2002), reprinting 16 Berkeley Tech L.J. 535 (2001).
  • "The Essential Facilities Doctrine Under United States Antitrust Law," 70 Antitrust L.J. 443 (2002) (with others).
  • "Challenges of the New Economy: Issues at the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property". Antitrust Law Journal. 68: 913. 2001.
  • "Beyond Nader: Consumer Protection and the Regulation of Advertising," 90 Harv. L. Rev. 661 (1977).


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