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Harry Gerla

Professor Emeritus


School of Law



As an undergraduate, Professor Gerla was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has his college roommates to thank for his law degree, at least partly. While earning his Master’s degree in political science from the University of Florida, Professor Gerla roomed with law students. “What they were doing was always more interesting than what I was doing,” he says. He soon enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Law, where he was the associate editor of the Law Review. While a law student he was also elected to the Order of the Coif.

After graduating, Professor Gerla clerked for Judge John C. Godbold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (now 11th) before becoming an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Market Regulation.

He began teaching at the University of Dayton School of Law in 1979 and was attracted to the ability to “keep up on the leading edge of the law.” He enjoys interacting with his students as well as the scholarly aspect of teaching. “I love that I get to express my ideas as part of my job,” he says. Professor Gerla often focuses on antitrust law in his articles, critically looking at the sole reliance of economics in antitrust laws. He has also been active on university committees and was an academic senator for the law school for several years.

Professor Gerla retired from the University of Dayton School of Law in May 2016.

Courses Taught

LAW 6102 Torts I
LAW 6103 Torts II
LAW 6405 Antitrust Law
LAW 6866/LAW 6868 Law Review


J.D., The Ohio State University, 1975
M.A., University of Florida, 1972
B.A., Queen's College, 1970

Areas of Law

Antitrust Law
Securities Regulation

Selected Publications

Issuers Raising Capital Directly From Investors: What Disclosure Does Rule 10b-5 Require? Journal of Corporation Law (2003)