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Menesh Patel

Acting Professor of Law


J.D. Stanford Law School 2005

Ph.D. Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2002

B.S. Economics, University of Iowa 1996

B.A. Mathematics, University of Iowa 1996


Menesh Patel joined the UC Davis faculty in 2018. His primary research interests include antitrust and empirical corporate and securities law.

Before joining UC Davis, Professor Patel was a research scholar at the Program in the Law and Capital Markets, a joint program of Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, he practiced law at Sidley Austin. While in practice, Professor Patel handled numerous complex commercial matters, with an emphasis on antitrust cases involving claims of unlawful monopolization and antitrust merger clearance matters. In 2012-2013, he was a law and economics fellow at Stanford Law School.

Professor Patel received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as articles editor of the Stanford Law Review. In addition to his law degree, Professor Patel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Iowa.

In Fall 2020, Professor Patel will be teaching Business Associations. In Spring 2021, he will be teaching Securities Regulation and Lawyering Process.

Subject Areas

Antitrust, Corporate Law, Securities Regulation, Capital Markets

Selected Career Highlights

  • Columbia Law School & Columbia Business School, Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Program in the Law & Economics of Capital Markets, 2016-2018
  • Stanford Law School, Fellow, Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Antitrust, 2012-2013
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Associate, 2013-2016; 2008-2012
  • Heller Ehrman LLP, Associate 2005-2008

Selected Publications

Common Ownership: Do Managers Really Compete Less?, Yale Journal on Regulation (forthcoming) (with Merritt Fox).

Merger Breakups, 2020 Wisconsin Law Review 975 (2020).

Does Insider Trading Law Change Behavior? An Empirical Analysis53 U.C. Davis Law Review 447 (2019).

Common Ownership and Antitrust: Eight Critical Points to Guide Antitrust Policy, Antitrust Chronicle (2019).

Common Ownership, Institutional Investors, and Antitrust, 82 Antitrust Law Journal 279 (2018).

Securities Market Issues for the 21st Century: An Overview   (with Merritt Fox, Larry Glosten & Ed Greene), in Securities Market Issues for the 21st Century 1 (Merritt Fox, et al. eds., 2018).