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Covington Expands Antitrust Group With DOJ’s O’Connell


WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that James O’Connell, who most recently served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of International, Policy, and Appellate matters in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in the firm’s Washington office and a member of Covington’s global antitrust and competition law practice.

As Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. O’Connell was responsible for the Antitrust Division’s international enforcement, appellate, and policy development programs. In addition to being involved in the development of the Antitrust Division’s major legislative and policy positions, Mr. O’Connell was responsible for coordinating the Division’s relations with competition law enforcement agencies around the world, which included significant interaction with the European Commission. Mr. O’Connell was also heavily involved in the U.S. government’s consultations with the leadership of the then-emerging Anti-Monopoly Law regime in China.

Mr. O’Connell joined the Department’s Antitrust Division in 2003. Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, he held a number of key positions within the Division, including Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. As Chief of Staff, Mr. O’Connell advised the Assistant Attorney General on all matters related to civil and criminal enforcement of the antitrust laws and supported the AAG in the management of the Antitrust Division.

Prior to joining the Antitrust Division, Mr. O’Connell worked in private practice, where he guided clients through all aspects of the U.S. civil and criminal antitrust enforcement process and provided counsel on the antitrust implications of mergers, joint ventures and other collaborations, and general business practices.

Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee, said: “Jim brings a wealth of experience in counseling and M&A in a variety of industries, including pharma, high-tech, manufacturing, telecommunications and media. His arrival, along with the return of Tom Barnett and Deb Garza to the firm earlier this year, greatly strengthens our practice and will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”

Mr. O’Connell commented: “I am very excited to be joining Covington’s preeminent antitrust team. During my time in public service I was fortunate to be a part of a great group of antitrust professionals, a group that of course included Tom and Deb. I am happy to have the opportunity to work with them again and I am looking forward to serving the firm’s global client base.”

Mr. O’Connell is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 1990) and Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1998). He served as Executive Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal and was elected to Order of the Coif. Mr. O’Connell is a member of the ABA’s Section of Antitrust Law, for which he co-chaired the Section’s Federal Civil Enforcement Committee from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Section’s Antitrust magazine.

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