Daniel Francis is a Furman Fellow and Emile Noel Fellow at NYU School of Law, where he writes about competition and the public and private practices that shape it. His research focuses on antitrust and structural constitutional law, including the law of monopolization, as well as constitutional and other rules that affect government action in the market. He has a particular interest in competition in digital and high-technology markets.
Between May 2018 and January 2021, Daniel served in the antitrust arm of the Federal Trade Commission—an independent and bipartisan federal agency—as Senior Counsel, Associate Director for Digital Markets, and finally Deputy Director. He directed and managed a wide range of antitrust enforcement and policy activities at the FTC, particularly in digital markets, and oversaw a number of the Bureau’s divisions and offices.
Daniel previously served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School (2017–18), as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (2016–18), and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (2014). He spent ten years in the private practice of antitrust law with two multinational law firms, where his work focused on the defense, aerospace, and oil and gas sectors. Daniel also previously taught a course on European Union constitutional law and political history at Harvard College. Daniel holds three degrees in law: a first law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge; a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School; and a doctorate from NYU School of Law, under the supervision of Gráinne de Búrca. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York and the District of Columbia.