John Kirkwood Seattle University


John B. Kirkwood is a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. He publishes frequently and was elected to the American Law Institute in recognition of his work. The Supreme Court quoted one of his articles on buyer power, another won the Cohen Award for the best antitrust scholarship published in 2012, and his paper on market power was selected by the Cohen Award Committee as the Best Market Power Analyses Article – and one of the top articles – of 2018. His writing has appeared in the Notre Dame Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and many other journals. He has testified before Congress and at the hearings on predatory pricing held by the FTC and the Justice Department. He has been quoted by The New York Times, USA Today, Yahoo, and many other print and broadcast media. He speaks often at antitrust conferences and consults and testifies in antitrust cases. He is an Advisor to the American Antitrust Institute and the Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Economic Regulation Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He was Co-Editor of Research in Law and Economics for eight years. After graduating from Yale magna cum laude and with Honors of Exceptional Distinction in Economics, he received a master’s degree in public policy and a law degree from Harvard, both with honors. He directed the Planning Office, the Evaluation Office, and the Premerger Notification Program at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition in Washington, D.C. and later managed cases and investigations at the Northwest Regional Office. At Seattle University, he has received the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Dean’s Medal.

2021 Awards


Nominee, 2021 Antitrust Writing Awards: Academic, Mergers

Nominee, 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards: Academic, General Antitrust

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