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John Shahar Dillbary
Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise:
Economic Analysis Of The Law
Intellectual Property

John Shahar Dillbary

Professor Dillbary received his B.A. in Economics and LL.B in Law, Summa Cum Laude, from Bar Ilan University, Israel and his masters, with honors, and his doctorate degree from the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, he was a Fulbright Scholar and a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics. Professor Dillbary holds a Joint Appointment in the Business School, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration and he is a member of the Graduate Faculty. He is also the co-director of the Cross-Disciplinary Legal Studies Program. Professor Dillbary teaches antitrust, torts and law and economics.

Professor Dillbary joined the faculty at the University of Alabama in 2007 after practicing law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LL.P. in New York where he represented and advised in an array of antitrust and intellectual property matters, including horizontal and vertical arrangements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, patent pools and standard setting. His practice also included false advertising and unfair competition. Professor Dillbary is also admitted to the Israeli Bar where he practiced law with S. Horrowitz, LLP. and then with Meitar, Liqournik, Geva, LL.P. in Tel Aviv until 2002 focusing on complex commercial litigation. During his time at Meitar, he provided legal counsel to private and public companies on matters including shareholders' conflicts, bankruptcy proceedings, trademarks and privacy.

Professor Dillbary taught, presented, lectured and advised, among other places, in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award (2010), the Commitment to Academic Excellence Award (2011), and a two time recipient of the Dean Thomas W. Christopher Award for making a lasting contribution to legal education and the Law School (2012 and 2013). In special recognition of his research and scholarly accomplishments, professor Dillbary was awarded the Dean's Scholar (2013 - 2016). Professor Dillbary's scholarship focuses on antitrust, intellectual property, torts and the intersection between law and economics. His recent work includes:

J. Shahar Dillbary, Tort-fest, forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review (2013) (available at

J. Shahar Dillbary, Apportioning Liability Behind a Veil of Uncertainty, 62 Hastings L. J. 1729 (2011) (available at

J. Shahar Dillbary, Predatory Bundling and the Exclusionary Standard, 67 Wash & Lee L. Rev. 1231 (2010) (available at

J. Shahar Dillbary, Trademarks as a Media for False Advertising, 31 Cardozo. L. Rev. 327 (2009) (available at

J. Shahar Dillbary, Emergencies, Body Parts and Price Gouging, in Sovereignty, Emergency, Legality, Cambridge University Press, 2009) (available at

J. Shahar Dillbary, Getting the Word Out: The Informational Function of Trademarks, 41 Ariz. St. L.J. 991 (2009) (available at SSRN:

J. Shahar Dillbary, Famous Trademarks and The Rational Basis For Protecting Irrational Beliefs, 14 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 605 (2007) (available at