David Eggert Visiting Professor of Law
Office: 461 Lewis Hall
Area of Expertise
Antitrust, Civil Litigation, Human Trafficking, Torts, Class Actions
BA, Loyola University
JD, Duke University
Professor Eggert is teaching Torts and Legal Methods in the fall and Property and Advocacy Writing in the spring. Professor Eggert has also taught in both of the third year immersion programs-Litigation Immersion in the fall and Corporate Immersion in the spring.
Before coming to Washington and Lee in 2012, Professor Eggert taught for three years at Handong International Law School, a US-style graduate law school in South Korea that trains students from Korea and numerous other nations in US and international law. The classes he taught included Civil Procedure, Evidence, Appellate Advocacy, Global Competition law, Private International Law and Doing Justice. While in South Korea, Professor Eggert participated in various conferences concerning global competition law and also participated in entrepreneurship training seminars in Mongolia, Cambodia, Kenya, South Korea, and Ghana. He also worked with present and former students to help establish organizations in Korea dedicated to helping trafficked women, single mothers, and immigrants and refugees.
Professor Eggert is also the Vice President and a member of the Board of Justice Ventures International, an NGO that partners with groups in India and China to bring about justice for victims of human trafficking, urban poverty, and other serious injustices. He coordinates the organization's China programs, oversees legal training for staff in India and China, and heads up the organization's development efforts.
From 1984-2008, Professor Eggert was a litigator at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. with a particular focus on antitrust and products liability matters. Among his most significant matters were (1) a pro bono lawsuit that challenged a federal Bureau of Prisons regulation that prohibited "jailhouse lawyers" from possessing the legal materials of the inmates they were assisting (Farmer v. Federal Bureau of Prisons), (2) dismissal in mid-trial of an international criminal price-fixing case on the ground that the government did not provide sufficient evidence of a price-fixing conspiracy (United States v. General Electric Co.)[cite to American Law Journal cover article], (3) one of the first cases establishing the "market power" requirement in vertical restraint antitrust cases under Section One of the Sherman Act (Assam Drug. Co. v. Miller Brewing Co.), (4) an appeal resulting in reversal of the largest punitive damages award in U.S. history (Engle v. Philip Morris), and (5) an appeal resulting in dismissal of a $280 billion disgorgement claim on the ground that the civil RICO statute does not permit the remedy of disgorgement (United States v. Philip Morris). Professor Eggert also supervised a legal program by which Arnold and Porter attorneys provided legal assistance to homeless women in Washington, DC. During a sabbatical for several months in 2001, Professor Eggert volunteered with the International Justice Mission in Thailand and worked on human trafficking/slavery cases and obtaining Thai citizenship and educational and health benefits for members of various Hill Tribes.
Professor Eggert has published articles in the area of antitrust and on the so-called national security exception to the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement. His academic and professional interests include efforts against human trafficking and slavery, competition law, international and domestic religious liberty, litigation and civil procedure, evidence, appellate advocacy, encouragement of domestic and international pro bono activity by the legal profession, international human rights (with a focus on North Korea), and clinical training of law students and young lawyers.
Professor Eggert received his B.A. in History from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1981, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his J.D. from Duke University in 1984, where he graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif and served on the Duke Law Journal. He is a member of the District of Columbia (since 1984) and Virginia (since 2013) bars and is a member of federal courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th,6th, 8th, 10th, 11th and District of Columbia Circuits. He lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his wife and three children.