Menesh Patel


Position Title
Acting Professor of Law

1117 King Hall

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.

Education and Degree(s)
  • 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
Honors and Awards
  • 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
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Antitrust
  • Corporate Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Capital Markets


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