John B. Kirkwood is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Mission at Seattle University School of Law. He is also a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute. His most recent article on buyer power won the Jerry S. Cohen Award for the best antitrust scholarship published in 2012. An earlier article was quoted by the Supreme Court. His work has appeared in the Fordham Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, and an Oxford University Press volume. He has edited two books, spoken frequently at antitrust conferences, and testified at the hearings on predatory pricing held by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
After graduating from Yale magna cum laude and with Honors of Exceptional Distinction in Economics, he received a masters degree in public policy and a law degree from Harvard, both with honors. He directed antitrust policy offices and the premerger notification program at the FTC in Washington, D.C., managed antitrust cases and investigations at the FTC's Seattle office, and consults on antitrust matters. He has received the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Dean's Medal.