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Michael Fanelli

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Michael Fanelli is a partner in Covington's Antitrust, Litigation, and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups. Mr. Fanelli has nearly twenty years of experience with competition matters, and represents U.S. and international clients before the U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies, foreign competition authorities, and courts. He represents companies and individuals in U.S. and international cartel investigations, defends class action and other antitrust litigation matters, and advises clients on joint ventures and antitrust compliance issues. His practice has focused particularly on international cartel enforcement matters on behalf of multinational businesses and individuals located in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Mr. Fanelli has helped to successfully navigate many of the firm's corporate and individual clients through criminal and civil antitrust investigations in which no adverse governmental actions have been taken.


Mr. Fanelli previously served in the Federal Trade Commission’s Policy Planning Office, where he contributed to the drafting of the DOJ & FTC Competitor Collaboration Guidelines, advised on the antitrust treatment of joint ventures, and was involved in policy and investigatory matters. Mr. Fanelli is currently a Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Joint Conduct Committee, which focuses on U.S. and international joint venture, cartel, and distribution issues. He was the Editorial Chair of the two-volume ABA Antitrust Section treatise Competition Laws Outside the United States (2011), and has been one of the leaders of the Section's International Committee and Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee. He also is a former member of the ABA’s International Cartel Task Force.


The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995 (with highest honors, George Washington University Law Review, Member). State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1992.

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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