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Senior DOJ Antitrust Official Joins Covington as Co-Chair of Global Competition Practice


WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Deborah Garza, who most recently served as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has joined the firm. Ms. Garza will co-chair, along with Thomas O. Barnett, the firm’s global antitrust and competition law practice.

Ms. Garza is one of the nation’s most distinguished antitrust practitioners, with more than 25 years in the public and private sectors. Previously a partner at Covington, she served in senior positions in the Antitrust Division during two Administrations, including as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Regulatory Affairs, and finally as Acting Assistant Attorney General.

In 2005, Ms. Garza was appointed by the President to serve as chair of the Antitrust Modernization Commission (“AMC”), a bipartisan panel created by Congress that spent three years evaluating the current state of US antitrust laws. Her strong and thoughtful leadership of the AMC helped produce a highly praised, bipartisan report that has provided a critical framework for subsequent policy discussions. She is a frequent commentator on antitrust issues, and on March 17, at the invitation of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, testified on the role of antitrust law in government-funded consolidation in the banking industry.

“Deb is one of the best and most experienced antitrust practitioners on the scene today,” said Thomas Barnett, co-chair of Covington’s global competition practice. “She has worked on some of the nation’s largest and most significant corporate mergers in virtually every industry, and has handled numerous complex non-merger litigation matters as well. She also has been a leading light in developing national antitrust policy for two decades. Deb will greatly enhance the already extensive antitrust capabilities we have at Covington to serve our US and international clients.”

Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee added: “Deb’s arrival, along with the recent arrivals of Tom Barnett from the Justice Department, John Graubert from the Federal Trade Commission, and Miranda Cole in our EU competition practice, further consolidates Covington’s position as a destination firm for clients seeking antitrust counsel in the US and Europe.”

Ms. Garza commented: “I am delighted to be returning to Covington and rejoining Tom Barnett, who’s been my colleague at both Covington and Justice. Covington’s international reach, its strengths in intellectual property litigation, and its broad industry expertise are the perfect platform for building a top-notch M&A, cartel and general antitrust and competition practice.”

The National Law Journal has recognized Ms. Garza as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in America” and one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

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