Senior Of Counsel


Joshua Wright is Senior Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the antitrust practice. Joshua is executive director of the Global Antitrust Institute and a professor of law and economics at George Mason University, where he is a leading scholar in antitrust law, economics, and consumer protection.

Previously, Joshua served as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from 2013 to 2015. In this role, he led efforts to reach an agreement with fellow commissioners to release the FTC's first-ever guidelines on how the agency plans to use its powers to police "unfair" competition by businesses.

Joshua previously served in the FTC's Bureau of Competition as its inaugural Scholar-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008, where he focused on enforcement matters and competition policy. He also served the FTC as an intern in the Bureau of Economics and the Bureau of Competition.

Joshua was a law clerk for the Honorable James V. Selna of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California from 2003 to 2005. He also has taught law and economics at several universities, including the University of Texas, Pepperdine University, and UCLA.

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • J.D., Economics, UCLA School of Law, 2002
    Managing Editor, UCLA Law Review
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, San Diego, 1998
  • Co-author, "Philadelphia National Bank: Bad Economics, Bad Law, Good Riddance," Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 80, No. 2, 2015
  • Co-author, "Conditional Discounts and the Law of Exclusive Dealing," George Mason Law Review, Vol. 22, No. 5, October 2015
  • Co-author, "Unfair Methods of Competition After the 2015 Commission Statement," Antitrust Source, Vol. 15, No.1, October 2015
  • Co-author, "Actavis and Multiple ANDA Entrants: Beyond the Temporary Duopoly," Antitrust Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 2015
  • Co-author, "Standard Setting, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Role of Antitrust in Regulating Incomplete Contracts," Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 80, No. 1, 2015
  • Co-author, "Patent Assertion Entities and Antitrust: A Competition Cure for a Litigation Disease?" Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 79, No. 2, 2014
  • "Recalibrating Section 5: A Response to the CPI Symposium," CPI Antitrust Chronicle, November 2013
  • "Revisiting Antitrust Institutions: The Case for Guidelines to Recalibrate the Federal Trade Commission's Section 5 Unfair Methods of Competition Authority," Concurrences, November 18, 2013
  • Co-author, "Antitrust Courts: Specialists Versus Generalists," Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 4, May 2013
  • Co-author, "The Goals of Antitrust: Welfare Trumps Choice," Fordham Law Review, Vol. 81, No. 5, April 2013
  • Co-author, "Do Expert Agencies Outperform Generalist Judges? Some Preliminary Evidence from the Federal Trade Commission," Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2013
  • "Evidence-Based Antitrust Enforcement in the Technology Sector," CPI Antitrust Chronicle, March 2013
  • Co-author, "Antitrust Settlements: The Culture of Consent," William E. Kovacic: An Antitrust Tribute—Liber Amicorum, Vol. 1, February 2013
  • "Moving Beyond Naöve Foreclosure Analysis," George Mason Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 5, Summer 2012
  • "The Antitrust-Consumer Protection Paradox: Two Policies at War with Each Other," Yale Law Journal, Vol. 121, No. 8, June 2012
  • Co-author, "Is Antitrust Too Complicated for Generalist Judges? The Impact of Economic Complexity and Judicial Training on Appeals," Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 54, No. 1, February 2011
  • Speaker, "The FTC and Privacy Regulation: The Missing Role of Economics," George Mason University School of Law Center for Privacy Economics Briefing on Nomi, Spokeo, and Privacy Harms, Arlington, Virginia, November 12, 2015
  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property Rights, Truncation, and Actavis: Who's Afraid of the Rule of Reason?" Global Competition Review Live 2nd Annual IP & Antitrust USA, Washington, D.C., April 14, 2015
  • Speaker, "Regulation in High-Tech Markets: Public Choice, Regulatory Capture, and the FTC," Big Ideas about Information Lecture, Clemson University, April 2, 2015
  • Speaker, "Section 5 Revisited: Time for the FTC to Define the Scope of Its Unfair Methods of Competition Authority," Symposium on Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, The Willard InterContinental, Washington, D.C., February 26, 2015
  • Speaker, "Net Neutrality Meets Regulatory Economics 101," The Federalist Society Media and Telecommunications Practice Group Event: The Future of Media: Is Government Regulation In Today's Media Landscape "Over-The-Top"?, Washington, D.C., February 25, 2015
  • Speaker, "Amending the Military Lending Act: More Regulation, Less Consumer Welfare?" American Financial Services Association's 2015 Installment Lending Summit, Washington, D.C., February 24, 2015
  • Speaker, "Judging Antitrust," Global Antitrust Institute Invitational Moot Court Competition, February 21, 2015
  • Speaker, "Prediction in Antitrust is Hard (But Some Predictions are Harder than Others)," Washington Bar Association's 31st Annual Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Seminar, November 13, 2014
  • Speaker, "Antitrust Analysis of Reverse Payment Settlements After Actavis: Three Questions and Proposed Answers," Antitrust Masters Course VII, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 10, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Economics of Digital Consumer Protection: One Commissioner's View, TechFreedom and International Center for Law and Economics. Washington, D.C., July 31, 2014
  • Speaker, "The View from 600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Recent Developments in Law Enforcement and Policy at the Federal Trade Commission," U.S. Chamber of Commerce Telecommunications and E-Commerce Committee Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Economics of Resale Price Maintenance and Implications for Competition Law and Policy," British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, United Kingdom, April 9, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Economics of Access to Civil Justice: Consumer Law, Mass Torts, and Class Actions," George Mason University Law & Economics Center and Alliance of California Judges, Dana Point, California, March 16, 2014
  • Speaker, "Does the FTC Have a New IP Agenda?" 2014 Milton Handler Lecture: Antitrust in the 21st Century, New York City Bar Association, March 11, 2014
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California

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1700 K Street NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-973-8844

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