Robert Pitofsky was sworn in as 54th Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission on April 12, 1995. At the time he was nominated by President Clinton to chair the Commission, Chairman Pitofsky was a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold & Porter. He also has held positions at the Federal Trade Commission as a Commissioner (1978-1981) and as Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (1970-1973).
Chairman Pitofsky chaired the Defense Science Board Task Force on Antitrust Aspects of Defense Industry Downsizing in 1994. He has been a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference, the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar Association, and the Council of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. In addition, he has been Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center, a professor at New York University School of Law, and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Chairman Pitofsky's publications include legal casebooks on both trade regulation and antitrust law. He received a B.A. degree from New York University and an L.L.B. from the Columbia School of Law.