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Antitrust and Competition Practice.


Rich Parker is a partner in O'Melveny's Washington, DC office and Chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice. He has extensive experience in antitrust matters both before the enforcement agencies and in the courts. Rich returned to the Firm in February 2001 after three years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). During his tenure as Director of the Bureau of Competition, he oversaw the investigations of the Exxon-Mobil, BP Amoco - ARCO, and AOL - Time Warner mergers. Rich was co-lead counsel for the FTC in obtaining a federal court injunction against the mergers of both Cardinal Health Corporation with Bergen Brunswick, and McKesson Corporation with Amerisource Corporation. After his return to O'Melveny, Rich, on behalf of Triton Coal, lead a successful defense of the Arch Coal - Triton Coal merger against the FTC in federal court. Rich is both a trial lawyer and an antitrust regulatory lawyer. He has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including criminal, merger, and government civil investigations, and treble damage, including class action litigation.


Admitted: District of Columbia; California. Law Clerk: Honorable William Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1974-1975). Director: FTC, Bureau of Competition (1999-2001); Senior Deputy Director (1998-1999). Recipient: Distinguished Service Award, FTC, presented by Chairman Robert Pitofsky on Rich's departure from the FTC.


University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 1974: Order of the Coif; Comment Editor, UCLA Law Review. University of California at Davis, A.B., 1970: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi.

United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is representing Bumble Bee Foods in a DOJ investigation and related class actions connected with its alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel in the packaged seafood space. In a separate matter, the firm advised Samsung on the Korean Fair Trade Commission’s investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing of mobile phone patents, and successfully opposed Qualcomm’s court application for highly sensitive information to be turned over to the KFTC in response to that investigation. Ian Simmons and Richard Parker jointly head the team, which includes Michael Tubach in San Francisco and Ted Hassi.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Leading lawyers

Richard Parker - O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team includes the ‘thoughtful and preparedMichael Tubach in San Francisco, who leverages his substantial experience of representing clients in cartel investigations to assist with associated class actions. Ben Bradshaw has antitrust litigation experience spanning industries such as aviation, healthcare and financial services. Practice co-chair Ian Simmons is working with Bradshaw to represent Asiana Airlines in an opt-out action brought by Schenker AG, which claims that there was a conspiracy among Asiana and multiple other airlines to inflate surcharges and base rates for air cargo shipping rates. Century City’s Bo Pearl is also recommended. The firm’s merger litigation work is another pillar of the practice; group co-chair Richard Parker, Ted Hassi, Michael Antalics and Katrina Robson acted as litigation counsel to Halliburton in its proposed $28bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, a deal that was eventually abandoned due to the strength of regulatory concerns in the US and EU. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise specified.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

O’Melveny & Myers LLP excels in investigations into high-profile, high-stakes multibillion-dollar deals, with strengths in particularly heavily scrutinized sectors such as airlines and pharmaceuticals. A team including Richard Parker, Ben Bradshaw, Kenneth O’Rourke (Los Angeles) and Courtney Dyer assisted Alaska Airlines with obtaining DOJ approval of its proposed $4bn acquisition of Virgin America. In other highlights, the firm acted as litigation counsel to Halliburton in its proposed $28bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, and acted as co-counsel to Humana in a DOJ lawsuit challenging its proposed $37bn merger with Aetna. Ted Hassi, Michael Antalics and Katrina Robson are recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel

Within: Transport: aviation and air travel

O’Melveny & Myers LLP covers aviation litigation and transactional work, and is instructed by nearly every major US airline, including American Airlines and United Airlines. Bob Siegel, Richard Parker, Matthew Close and Newport Beach-based Andor Terner worked for Alaska Airlines as part of a cross-practice team handling the $4bn acquisition of Virgin America; the group also represented Alaska Airlines in antitrust and labor disputes arising from the acquisition. In a further example of the group’s litigation capabilities, Jonathan Hacker and Ben Bradshaw are representing Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association in a suit against the US Department of Agriculture, alleging a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act relating to an increase in inspection fees for agricultural pests and diseases on international commercial flights. The team acts for Air Lease Corporation, and completed several financing transactions for the client in 2016, including an amendment and extension to its $3.13bn credit facility. Named individuals are based in Los Angeles or Washington DC.

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