Associate Professor Christopher Sprigman teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy and comparative constitutional law. His scholarship focuses on how legal rules affect innovation and the deployment of new technologies. Prior to joining the University of Virginia law faculty in 2005, Sprigman served as appellate counsel in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on U.S. v. Microsoft, among other matters. Sprigman then joined the Washington, D.C., office of King & Spalding LLP, where he was elected a partner. In 2003, he left law practice to become a residential fellow at the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School.
Sprigman received his BA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, and his JD with honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as a comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. Following graduation, Sprigman clerked for the Judge Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and for Justice Lourens H.W. Ackermann, Constitutional Court of South Africa. Sprigman also taught at the law school of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.