Thursday, May 11, 2017
Antitrust legend Larry Popofsky has passed away. Larry was the lawyer who argued GTE Sylvania before the Supreme Court, a case that ushered in economic analysis of antitrust as the sole criterion for analysis. He was involved in many other important cases as well and at one point chaired the law firm Heller Ehrman.
I got to know Larry only later in his life. He even judged practice rounds for my students' antitrust moot court team. We last spoke in February. Larry was incredibly smart, kind and decent. I enjoyed many of the stories of antitrust history that he told me as well of the stories of growing up in Iowa and his time as a Rhodes Scholar (Larry used to guest lecture at Oxford's Competition Law Centre). His knowledge of current case law and his nuanced understanding of these cases always impressed me. He was very proud of his children, including antitrust lawyer Mark, a partner at Ropes.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark and his family.