Christopher Leslie

Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Christopher Leslie


Antitrust Law, Intellectual Property, Class Action Settlements, Sexual Orientation and the Law


Professor Leslie received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, his Master’s 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, Professor Leslie clerked for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and he practiced antitrust law and complex business litigation in San Francisco at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, and at Heller Erhman.

Prior to becoming a member of the inaugural faculty at U.C. Irvine School of Law, he was 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. Professor Leslie 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 major treatise in that field, IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law (3d edition 2016 and annual supplements, with Hovenkamp, Janis, Lemley and Carrier). He is also a co-author of a leading casebook on antitrust law more broadly, Antitrust Law, Policy and Procedure (9th edition 2024) (with Thomas Sullivan, Herbert Hovenkamp, and Howard Shelanski).

Professor Leslie is among the Top Five Most-Cited Antitrust Professors in the country. He has published over 50 law review articles. His scholarship has been published in the Columbia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law ReviewNew York University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Cornell Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Duke Law JournalTexas Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewMinnesota Law ReviewIowa Law ReviewWilliam & Mary Law ReviewBoston College Law Review, Wisconsin Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law ReviewUC Davis Law ReviewOhio State Law JournalFlorida 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, arbitration, and class action settlements.

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  • Christopher R. Leslie, Antitrust’s Interdependence Paradox, 111 Virginia Law Review __ (forthcoming 2024)
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Standing’s Double Standard, 72 UCLA Law Review __ (forthcoming 2024)
  • Christopher R. Leslie, False Analogies to Predatory Pricing, 172 University of Pennsylvania Law Review __ (forthcoming 2024) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Predatory Pricing Algorithms, 98 New York University Law Review 49 (2023) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Banking Deserts, Structural Racism, and Merger Law, 108 Minnesota Law Review 695 (2023) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The Factor/Element Distinction in Antitrust Litigation, 64 William & Mary Law Review 585 (2023)
  • Joseph Harrington, Jr. & Christopher R. Leslie, Horizontal Price Exchanges, 44 Cardozo Law Review 2301 (2023) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Respect for Marriage in U.S. Territories, 96 Southern California Law Review Postscript 193 (2023)  
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The America Without Marriage Equality, 122 Columbia Law Review 1769 (2022)
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Food Deserts, Racism, and Antitrust Law, 110 California Law Review 1717 (2022) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, High Prices and Low-Level Conspirators, 100 Texas Law Review 839 (2022) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Disapproval of Quick-Look Approval: Antitrust After NCAA v. Alston, 100 Washington University Law Review 1 (2022) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The Gay Perjury Trap, 71 Duke Law Journal 1 (2021) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The Probative Synergy of Plus Factors in Price-Fixing Litigation, 115 Northwestern University Law Review 1581 (2021) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, How to Hide a Price-Fixing Conspiracy, 2021 University of Illinois Law Review 1199 (2021) 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The Decline and Fall of Circumstantial Evidence in Antitrust Law, 69 American University Law Review 1713 (2020). 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The DOJ’s Defense of Deception: Antitrust Law’s Role in Protecting the Standard-Setting Process, 98 Oregon Law Review 379 (2020). 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Hindsight Bias in Antitrust Law, 71 Vanderbilt Law Review 1527 (2018). 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Balancing the Conspiracy’s Books: Inter-Competitor Sales and Price-Fixing Cartels, 96 Washington University Law Review 1 (2018). 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Conspiracy to Arbitrate, 96 North Carolina Law Review 381 (2018). 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Foreign Price-Fixing Conspiracies, 67 Duke Law Journal 557 (2017). 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The Geography of Equal Protection, 101 Minnesota Law Review 1579 (2017). 
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Dissenting from History: The False Narratives of the Obergefell Dissents, 92 Indiana Law Journal 1007 (2017).
  • Christopher R. Leslie, The Arbitration Bootstrap, 94 Tex. L. Rev. 265 (2015).
  • Mark A. Lemley & Christopher R. Leslie, Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval, 110 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1 (2015).
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Monopolization Through Patent Theft, 103 Geo. L.J. (2014).
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Justice Alito’s Dissent in Loving v. Virginia, 55 B.C. L. Rev. (2014).
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Embracing Loving: Trait-Specific Marriage Laws and Heightened Scrutiny, 99 Cornell L. Rev. (2014).
  • Christoperh R. Leslie, Predatory Pricing and Recoupment, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 1695 (2013).
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Antitrust Law as Public Interest Law, 2 UC Irvine L. Rev. 885 (2012).
  • Herbert Hovenkamp & Christopher R. Leslie, The Firm as Cartel Manager, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 813 (2011).
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Rationality Analysis in Antitrust, 158 U. Pa. L. Rev. 261 (2010).
  • Christopher R. Leslie, Judgment-Sharing Agreements, 58 Duke L.J. 747 (2009).

Prof. Leslie's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • Nov. 10, 2021:
    Featured Speaker, Food Deserts, Racism, and Antitrust Law, Bayard Wickliffe Health Memorial Lecture on U.S. Antitrust Policy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Online
  • April 15, 2021:
    Featured Speaker, Food Deserts, Racism, and Antitrust Law, Annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium, Online
  • 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