Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies

School of Law

Teaching Faculty Biographies

Teaching Faculty Biographies

Spencer Weber Waller (Principles of Competition)

Professor Waller served as a staff law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, first as a trial attorney in the Foreign Commerce Section of the Antitrust Division and later as a special attorney in the Chicago Strike Force of the Criminal Division. He then practiced at the Chicago firm of Freeborn & Peters. He was a full-time faculty member and Associate Dean at Brooklyn Law School for ten years until joining Loyola in 2000. Professor Waller also serves as the Faculty Director of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.

Professor Waller’s teaching and research focus on the application of competition and consumer law in global markets and the national and transnational litigation of complex disputes.   He is the author of six books and over one hundred articles dealing with these issues.  He serves on the editorial boards of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Reporter, Antitrust Law Journal, Research in Law and Economics, and the World Competition Law and Economics Review and is the recipient of the 2014 Concurrence Antitrust Writing Award.

Theodore L. Banks (Corporate Compliance)

Ted Banks concentrates his practice on antitrust, compliance and life science. Mr. Banks has extensive experience with corporate litigation, including responsibility for contested mergers, environmental contamination, advertising, insurance coverage, products liability, employment law, consumer protection, and packaging and recycling. He has a national reputation for work in corporate compliance and antitrust, and was an early proponent of corporate opt-out suits as plaintiff in antitrust litigation, such as Vitamins, Carbon Dioxide, Corrugated Containers, Folding Cartons, and Citric Acid Antitrust Litigation, recovering more than $100 million. Through his experience in all aspects of the food industry, Mr. Banks has deep familiarity with the regulatory frameworks and state and federal laws governing food manufacture, distribution, sales, and safety. Mr. Banks is "AV Preeminent" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for both ethical standards and legal ability.

He has successfully managed business and legal challenges over the course of a 35-year career, including at Kraft Foods, where he was Chief Counsel - Global Compliance after serving as Associate General Counsel with responsibility for antitrust, general litigation, corporate transactions, sales, legal computer applications and public policy coordination. While at Kraft, Mr. Banks negotiated more than 50 major corporate transactions, including a $19 billion acquisition and an $8 billion IPO. He has advised a 5,000 member corporate sales division on pricing, distribution, and marketing issues and has assisted many corporations, large and small, in developing corporate compliance programs, including formulation of risk assessment, policy creation and program development.

Mr. Banks has been appointed as a corporate compliance monitor by the Federal Trade Commission and Competition Bureau of Canada to oversee compliance programs of respondent companies. He has developed records management systems, including the design of document management, electronic discovery and legal hold applications.

Mr. Banks has been recognized as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” in the field of corporate governance and compliance.  Mr. Banks has been a leader in bar and community organizations. Mr. Banks founded and served as first chair of the North Shore Compliance Officers' Roundtable, and is a member of the steering committee of the Chicago Regional Business Ethics Network.   Mr. Banks is also an active member of the American Bar Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics.

Mr. Banks is also an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching corporate compliance.

Robert E. Bloch (International Cartel Regulation)

Bob Bloch’s litigation practice at Mayer Brown LLP focuses on the defense of major national corporations, non-profit entities, and corporate officials in criminal and civil investigations before the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission for price fixing, bid rigging, boycotts, pricing, marketing policies, and mergers. He also defends companies in private class action litigation in federal and state courts.  He is the firm's Global Antitrust practice leader.

Mr. Bloch has served as antitrust counsel in several multi-billion dollar mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has represented clients in the health care, airline, banking, defense logistics, food additives, semiconductor, motion picture, pharmaceutical, recording, hospitality, oil commodities, electrical utility, silicon metal, newspaper, rock salt, and waste management industries.

Prior to working for Mayer Brown, Mr. Bloch worked for almost 18 years at the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, first as a trial attorney, then as the Assistant Chief for the Trial Section and the Litigation I Section, and finally as Chief of the Professions and Intellectual Property Section. Prior to working for the Department of Justice, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Mr. Bloch has been chosen as one of Chambers USA’s "Leading Lawyers" for 2005-2012. Chambers cited him for his "talent for driving cases forward, and for his commitment to his clients” and “as a respected presence in antitrust circles." He was also chosen as Washington, DC and National Litigation Star – Antitrust (2013) by Benchmark Litigation. He was named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" (2006-2012), one of Washington's "Super Lawyers" (2007, 2010, 2012-2014) and one of Washington’s "Best Lawyers" (2008-2014). While at the Department of Justice, Mr. Bloch received the Harold M. Stevens Award for Outstanding Service (1993), the John Marshall Award (1992), Outstanding Performance Awards, Senior Executive Service Meritorious Awards, the Antitrust Division Award of Distinction (1984), a Special Commendation Award (1981), and numerous Letters of Commendation.

Mr. Bloch will coordinate a team of Mayer Brown partners from around the globe in teaching the International Cartel Regulation course including Eduardo Molan Gaban (Brazil), John M. Hickin (Hong Kong), Nathalie Jalabert Doury (France), Robert Klotz (Belgium), Jens Peter Schmidt (Germany), and Gillian Sproul (England).

Christine Chabot (United States Antitrust Law)

Christine Chabot is a magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School. She started her career at the Chicago office of Mayer Brown, where her general and appellate litigation practice focused on telecommunications law. After a clerkship for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, she resumed her telecommunications practice at Dickinson Wright in Ann Arbor, Michigan and taught at Michigan State University College of Law. Professor Chabot has also taught at Pace Law School, the University of Connecticut School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Her courses include Administrative Law and Antitrust.

Thomas Cheng (Chinese Antimonopoly Law)

Thomas Cheng is a member of the Hong Kong Competition Commission and an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Asian Institute of International Finance Law at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches Competition Law, European Union Law, Business Associations, and Law and Economics. Every June he is a Visiting Lecturer at Queen’s University in East Sussex, United Kingdom and he has also been a Foreign Guest Scholar at Shanghai Normal University and co-taught Comparative Competition Law at Duke Law School Asia-America Institute of Transnational Law in Hong Kong.

Mr. Cheng’s pre-academic work experience includes both Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett and Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York. He was an intern for the Honorable Chief Judge William G. Young in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Mr. Cheng is currently a member of the Academic Society for Competition Law, the Asian Competition Forum, and the Administrative Appeals Board. He is also a member of both the Energy Advisory Committee and the Committee on Slot Complaints for the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He is also the author of numerous publications.

Thomas Cheng is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also has received a Bachelor of Civil Law in European and Comparative Law (equivalent of LL.M.) from the University of Oxford.

Jeffery M. Cross (United States Antitrust Law)

Jeff Cross is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Freeborn & Peters LLP.  Jeff has nearly 40 years of extensive trial experience representing a variety of corporations and businesses throughout the country on antitrust, securities fraud, contract, real estate, environmental regulations, libel and slander, false advertising, commercial law and trade regulation issues. 

Mr. Cross has experience in distribution and franchise law, not only litigating distribution and franchise cases, but also counseling clients in distribution, marketing, sales, and pricing programs.  Mr. Cross has experience in mergers and acquisitions, including counseling clients in the area, working with economists to develop economic support for mergers and acquisitions, responding to government requests for documents and data and negotiating with the government.  He is also an Adjunct Professor, Antitrust Law and Business Franchise Law, The John Marshall Law School.

Dr. Katalin Cseres (Consumer Law)

Dr. Katalin Cseres is an Associate Professor of Law, University of Amsterdam and a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance in the Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics, University of Amsterdam. She is also the non-governmental advisor to the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM). Her main fields of interest are competition law, consumer protection (empowerment) and market regulation.

She has been a Visiting Lecturer at Stockholm University and a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia in Norwich. Dr. Cseres has written numerous publications that appear in several international journals and has been invited to lecture at many universities including the University of Utrecht and George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Cseres obtained her university degree in law at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht.

Andre Fiebig (International Merger Regulation)

Andre Fiebig is a partner with Quarles & Brady LLP in its Chicago office and practices in the area of corporate and antitrust law with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, international antitrust, competition law, and commercial law. Mr. Fiebig assists clients doing business internationally and foreign clients doing business in the United States. He also provides advice in obtaining merger clearance for transactions both in the United States and abroad and provides corporate counseling on antitrust issues. Mr. Fiebig received his J.D. from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and an LL.M. and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tübingen. He previously practiced law in Germany and Belgium. Mr. Fiebig is the author of the forthcoming book European Business Law and the co-author of the forthcoming 4th edition of Antitrust and American Business Abroad.

Nicholas J. Franczyk is Counsel for International Antitrust and Technical Assistance in the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs.  He has been an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission since 1987, where he has worked on various antitrust (both merger and conduct) and consumer protection matters.  As Counsel for International Antitrust and Technical Assistance, he is responsible for providing various assistance and training to foreign competition agencies in the areas of competition law and policy, including training of personnel in substantive legal principles, analytical framework, and investigative techniques.  He has also provided comments on various draft competition laws, guidelines, regulations, and policies.  His primary responsibilities include India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Franczyk has served as long‐term resident advisor to the South African Competition Commission (2004 and 2008), the Indonesian Business Competition Supervisory Commission (2004), and the Philippine Competition Commission (2017). He has participated in more than 80 short‐term technical assistance training programs for competition authorities, the judiciary, other governmental agencies and private stakeholders in Colombia, Egypt, Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia, and various regional programs in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Southeast Europe.  He has also conducted commercial law assessments in Indonesia, Kenya, and Tanzania for the United States Agency for International Development.

Mr. Franczyk graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Loyola University of Chicago.  

Dr. Michal S. Gal (International and Comparative Competition Law)

Dr. Michal Gal is a Professor, Director of the Law and MBA Program, and Co-Director of the Forum on Law and Markets at the Faculty of Law, Haifa University, Israel. She is a Global Hauser Visiting Professor, NYU School of Law and Dean's Visiting Professor at Georgetown University (2007-8) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2009.

Before assuming her present position, Dr. Gal served as Associate Director of the NYU Advanced Certificate Program in Law and Business. She was also a visiting scholar at Columbia University and at the NYU School of Law.

Dr. Gal's research focuses on competition law and policy. She is the author of the book Competition Policy for Small Market Economies (Harvard University Press, 2003) and main author and co-editor of The Law and Economics of Israeli Competition Law (Nevo, 2007, Hebrew). She also published many scholarly articles on competition law issues, including oligopoly pricing, the conditions for antitrust in developing economies, the political economy of antitrust, and the globalization of antitrust. She gave talks and presented papers in numerous conferences and colloquiums.

Dr. Gal served as a consultant to several international organizations (e.g. OECD, UNCTAD) on issues of competition law in small and developing economies and is a non-governmental advisor of the International Competition Network (ICN). She also advised several small economies on the framing of their competition laws.

Dr. Gal received her J.S.D. and LL.M. in law from the University of Toronto. Both her thesises won the Alan Marks Medal for best thesis. She received her LL.B. from Tel Aviv University, magna cum laude, and clerked in the Israeli Supreme Court.

Dr. Robert Kneuper (Law and Economics)

Dr. Robert Kneuper is Director and Principal at Navigant Economics and an adjunct professor in the business and economics program at Charleston Southern University. Dr. Kneuper consults primarily in the areas of antitrust, damages, class certification, intellectual property, and regulation. Dr. Kneuper provides economic analyses and testimony both for private sector clients and for government regulators. His work has spanned a wide variety of industries including health care, pharmaceuticals, insurance, energy, media, entertainment, transportation, internet, sports, gaming, aerospace, defense, waste collection, retail and consumer products. Dr. Kneuper's professional experience includes more than 10 years analyzing antitrust matters at the Federal Trade Commission. At the FTC, Dr. Kneuper's work focused on mergers, horizontal and vertical restraints, damages, and intellectual property. 

Dr. James Langenfeld (Law and Economics)

Dr. James Langenfeld is a Managing Director and Head of Antitrust & Competition Practice at Navigant Economics and an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. As a consultant, he provides economic analyses in the context of litigation, regulation, and economic policy that relate to competition and antitrust, intellectual property, class certification, damages, and the impact of government actions. In over 25 years as a professional economist, he has done extensive work in many industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, insurance, petroleum, chemicals, motor vehicles, defense and aerospace, tobacco, and a wide variety of other consumer and industrial products.

He regularly testifies for private parties and government agencies engaged in litigation and regulatory proceedings at the federal and state levels in the US, and in Europe, Canada, and other countries. These testimonies include analysis of alleged anti-competitive acts, such as monopolistic practices, price fixing, and price discrimination, as well as analyses of hundreds of mergers. He has also testified many times on damages, class certification, and the impact of regulation on firms and consumers.

Dr. Langenfeld’s professional experience includes ten years with the Federal Trade Commission, the last six of which he served as Director for Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics. In that role, he managed 45 PhD economists and was one of main contributors to the 1992 Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Horizontal Merger Guidelines and the 1993 Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care. He also served as a Senior Economist at General Motors.

He has published numerous articles in journals and books on many topics in applied economics and econometrics, including analyses of antitrust issues, mergers, intellectual property, the interface of antitrust and intellectual property, and damages. He is one of the main authors of the American Bar Association's 2010 book Proving Antitrust Damages.

Imelda P. Maher (Institutions and Enforcement)

Imelda Maher moved to University College Dublin in 2006 to take up the newly established Sutherland Chair of European Law.  She is interested in the relationship between law and governance especially in economic spheres.  She has worked extensively in competition law and also on EU economic governance.  Before returning to Ireland, she worked at the London School of Economics; the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (where she was Director of the Centre for Competition and Consumer Policy); Birkbeck College, University of London; and Warwick University.  She also has held Fellowships or visiting appointments at Peking University School of Transnational Law; the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London; Notre Dame Law School, London campus; Sydney University School of Law; The Europe Centre, Australian National University; and Lund University, Sweden.

She is general editor of Legal Studies, the journal of the Society of Legal Scholars of the UK and Ireland and a member of the editorial board of the European Law Journal and of the Irish Yearbook of International Law. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Economic and Social Research Council Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia and is a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network.  In 2008 she gave the prestigious general course lectures on economic governance at the Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence. 

Professor Maher was academic director for the UCD Sutherland School of Law building, which opened in November 2013. She is a graduate of UCD, holds an LLM from Temple University and a Barrister-at-Law degree from the Kings Inns.  She was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011 and is a founding member of the European Law Institute.

Dr. Philip Marsden (European Union Competition Law)

Dr. Philip Marsden is a Deputy Chair of the UK Competition and Markets Authority, deciding on Phase 2 Merger cases, and Market investigation references, and chairing Case Decision Groups in antitrust cases. Philip is a competition lawyer with a particular interest in abuse of dominance, innovation incentives, consumer welfare, and international competition issues. He is also Professor of Law and Economics at the College of Europe, Bruges, teaching the core LL.M. competition course and is co-founder and General Editor of the European Competition Journal, and the Oxford Competition Law case reporter series.  Philip is also a Board member of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities and a member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

From 2003-2014 he was Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, and Director of its Competition Law Forum.  From 2008-2014 he was Non-executive Director on the Board of the UK Office of Fair Trading. A competition official early on in his career, for the last 25 years he has specialized in advice to firms in the fast-moving consumer goods and high technology sectors, and to governments on competition agency effectiveness and decision-making.

Matthew Sag (Intellectual Property Law)

Matthew Sag is a Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago. Professor Sag has also taught at DePaul University, the University of Virginia, and Northwestern University.

Prior to his academic career, Matthew Sag practiced as an intellectual property attorney in the United Kingdom with Arnold & Porter and in Silicon Valley, California with Skadden, Arps. Professor Sag earned his law degree with honors from the Australian National University and clerked for Justice Paul Finn of the Federal Court of Australia.

Professor Sag's research focuses on the intersection of law and technology and law and economics. He is a well-known expert on Copyright law whose articles have been cited in Federal Court cases and in briefs to the United States Supreme Court. Professor Sag's work has been published in, among other places, Nature, the California Law Review, Northwestern Law Review and Georgetown Law Review.

Lea Shepard (Consumer Protection Law)

Professor Shepard joined the Loyola faculty in 2008.  Her research and teaching interests include bankruptcy, consumer law and credit, and financial institutions. Her recent scholarship, which has appeared in the North Carolina Law Review, Brigham Young University Law Review, and American Bankruptcy Law Journal, addresses rescission under the Truth in Lending Act, debtor imprisonment, and the credit counseling industry.  Before joining Loyola, Professor Shepard worked as an associate at Jones Day's Cleveland office.  She subsequently clerked for the Honorable James G. Carr, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the late Honorable Terence T. Evans of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  She is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.