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Cleveland State University Faculty




J.D., University of Michigan

M.P.P., University of Michigan

B.A., University of Iowa



Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the CSU College of Law Solo Practice Incubator, joined the faculty in the fall of 2002. He has taught courses in Antitrust, Banking Regulation, Business Organizations, Law & Economics, Administrative Law, Legislation and the Regulatory State and a seminar concerning the theory of the firm. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Antitrust Modernization Commission. He is the author of “Apple, Antitrust, and Irony” (Harvard Univ. Press 2016) and “Antitrust Examples & Explanations,” co-author (with Theresa Gabaldon of George Washington University) of a casebook on business organizations from Aspen Publishing and co-author of Sullivan, Grimes & Sagers, “The Law of Antitrust,” a leading hornbook. His articles have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review and other leading journals. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Huffington Post and National Public Radio, and he is a frequent panelist and lecturer.

Sagers frequently participates in important antitrust litigation by consulting with plaintiffs and enforcement officials pro bono and authoring briefs amicus curiae in federal courts of appeals. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute and a leading member of the ABA Antitrust Section. In 2015 he was awarded the University's campus-wide Distinguished Research Award for Faculty. The law school's alumni association has awarded him the Walter G. Stapleton Award for Faculty Excellence, and he has twice been elected Teacher of the Year by the students at large.

Before joining the faculty, Sagers practiced law for four years in Washington, D.C., first at Arnold & Porter and then at Shea & Gardner. He earned his law and public policy degrees at the University of Michigan and was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. Hailing originally from the peaceful obscurity of small-town Iowa, Sagers lives with his wife and two sons in the nicest little town in America, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.