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Thomas Barnett

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Co-chair of the firm's global antitrust practice. In private practice and government, has been involved in large mergers (Facebook/WhatsApp; Expedia/Orbitz), online competition matters, criminal matters (auto parts and air cargo), and the Supreme Court (including arguing as amicus in Twombly).


Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, heading Division (2005-2008), DAAG for Civil Enforcement (2004-2005). Chair of OECD Competition subcommittee (2006-2008), Steering Committee of the ICN (2005-2008). Before 2004, a leader in Covington’s antitrust practice. Taught multiple classes at Georgetown and Virginia law schools.


Harvard Law School, magna cum laude (1989); LSE, M. Sc., Fulbright Scholar (1986).

United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

Covington & Burling LLP has an outstanding track record in global cartel investigations and associated follow-on actions, including those concerning automotive parts, air cargo and power cables. Michael Fanelli has had a key role in the majority of the firm’s cartel matters since 1996. Thomas Barnett and Deborah Garza previously held leadership positions at the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), while San Francisco’s Phillip Warren headed the Antitrust Division’s field office in San Francisco for 12 years. Lanny Breuer, Mythili Raman and Bruce Baird are other names to note in the team.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Covington & Burling LLP’s antitrust litigation practice, which is co-chaired by Derek Ludwin in Washington DC and Emily Henn in Palo Alto, has a strong reputation for cutting-edge, highly complex matters, and draws work from clients in sectors such as technology, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Ludwin, Gregg Levy and others recently represented the National Football League in two class actions, one of which involved defending the client in multi-district litigation (MDL) concerning its television broadcasting arrangements. In the auto parts arena, Anita Stork (San Francisco), Ashley Bass, Michael Fanelli and others are acting for Alps Electric in a putative class action concerning alleged price-fixing of heater control panels. In addition to managing cases heard domestically, the US group operates as part of a wider network to assist with cross-border matters, including litigation that is connected to government investigations. Thomas Barnett, Deborah Garza and Robert Wick are other highly regarded practitioners. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

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Merger control

Within: Leading lawyers

Thomas Barnett - Covington & Burling LLP

Within: Merger control

Covington & Burling LLP handles merger control work for clients from a wide variety of industries, particularly in the life sciences arena. James Dean recently worked with members of the Brussels office to handle a series of Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reportable transactions for AstraZeneca. In another highlight, Deborah Garza and San Francisco-based Phillip Warren handled the antitrust aspects of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VI’s acquisition of Gulf Oil from Cumberland Farms. Thomas Barnett acts for clients such as Disney, Expedia and Eli Lilly. James O’Connell, James Dean and John Graubert are also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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