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Former DOJ Antitrust Head Thomas Barnett Returns to Covington


WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas O. Barnett, who most recently served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has rejoined the firm. Mr. Barnett began his career in private practice at Covington and was an antitrust partner at the firm until he joined the Antitrust Division in 2004. He will lead Covington’s global antitrust and competition law practice and will also work closely with the firm’s white-collar practice on criminal antitrust enforcement and investigative matters.

Mr. Barnett headed the Antitrust Division from 2005 to 2008, a period in which the Division played a leading role fostering cooperation among enforcement authorities throughout the world. During his tenure, the Antitrust Division secured more than $2 billion in criminal fines against more than 50 corporations and 91 individuals. In the merger area, Mr. Barnett oversaw a program in which more than 30 cases were filed in the federal district courts to block transactions in their entirety or to require divestitures to eliminate anticompetitive aspects. He oversaw an active competition advocacy program at the Division that included numerous amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on antitrust issues and comments to a wide range of federal and state agencies. Mr. Barnett worked with antitrust authorities throughout the world and served in leadership positions in key international competition organizations, such as the OECD Competition Committee and the International Competition Network.

“Tom Barnett is among the most able, experienced, and versatile antitrust practitioners on the global scene, and we are extremely pleased that he is rejoining Covington, where he distinguished himself early on for his abilities as a top-notch antitrust counselor and litigator and as a superb colleague,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. Mr. Barnett commented: “Covington offers a tremendous combination of exceptional talent, unyielding commitment to excellence, and breadth of legal expertise. I look forward to drawing upon these resources in helping companies here and abroad to navigate the increasingly complex competition issues in the global economy.”

Mr. Barnett is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1985) and Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1989), and earned a Masters of Science degree in economics from the London School of Economics as a Fulbright Scholar. He clerked for Judge Harrison Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit before joining Covington. Prior to joining the Antitrust Division in 2004 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement, Mr. Barnett was a leader of the firm’s antitrust practice and handled antitrust matters for clients in a wide array of industry sectors.

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