Christopher Leslie

Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Christopher Leslie


Antitrust law, intellectual property, class action settlements


Professor Leslie received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, his Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UCLA.

After graduating from law school and being elected to the Order of the Coif, he clerked for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced antitrust law and complex business litigation in San Francisco at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, and Heller Erhman.

He has been a Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, the University of Texas School of Law and N.Y.U. School of Law. He is the past Chair of the Antitrust Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is a senior editor for the Antitrust Law Journal.

Professor Leslie is the author of the casebook Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is a co-author of the leading treatise in that field, IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law (3d ed. 2016 and annual supplements, with Hovenkamp, Janis, Lemley and Carrier).

His scholarship has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Columbia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Texas Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Iowa Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Tulane Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Florida Law Review and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, among others, as well as several invited symposia and specialty journals.

His scholarship focuses on antitrust law, the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property rights, sexual orientation discrimination, and class action settlements.

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Prof. Leslie's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • April 15, 2016:
    Speaker, “Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval,” Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop lecture series, Yale Law School
  • October 23-24, 2014:
    Panelist, “Rethinking Litigation,” Iowa Law Review Centennial Symposium: Honoring the Work of Professor Herbert Hovenkamp
  • June 21, 2013:
    Presenter, “Can Antitrust Law Incorporate Insights from Behavioral Economics?” 17th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics
  • April 13, 2012:
    Speaker, Business Law as Public Interest Law Symposium
  • Prof. Leslie wins Antitrust Scholarship award for Best Private Enforcement Article – American Antitrust Institute