Robert Pitofsky

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Robert Pitofsky, (born December 27, 1929) is the former 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 is currently a professor there, teaching in the areas of antitrust and Constitutional law.

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

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 is married and has three children and seven grandchildren.

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  • 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," 68 Antritrust L.J. 913 (2001).
  • "Beyond Nader: Consumer Protection and the Regulation of Advertising," 90 Harv. L. Rev. 661 (1977).

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