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Mike Antalics is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office and a member of the Antitrust and Competition Practice. He joined the Firm after serving for 23 years at the Federal Trade Commission, most recently as Deputy Director in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition from 2000-01, where he oversaw the Bureau ’s antitrust enforcement mission. Prior to that, Mike was an Assistant Director for Mergers from 1997-99 and, before that, Assistant Director for Non-Merger Litigation from 1991-97. While at the FTC, Mike successfully litigated numerous significant cases, including the drug wholesaler merger litigation, involving the four largest drug wholesalers in the United States; the Ticor Title Insurance Company price fixing case, involving the six largest title insurance companies; and the Intel case, involving alleged anticompetitive practices of the largest semiconductor manufacturer. Mike twice received the Brandeis Award given to the FTC’s outstanding litigator, and three times was awarded the Team Award for litigation team efforts. Since joining O’Melveny, he has successfully litigated the Arch Coal merger case against the FTC in federal court, and has successfully obtained the approval of numerous mergers before the FTC and DOJ. He also has successfully represented companies in class action litigation, and provided advice in civil and criminal antitrust investigations. Among the clients he has represented are Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Evonik Degussa GmbH, Verizon Communications Inc, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Wal-Mart, Northwest Airlines, and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.


Admitted to Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Awards, Brandeis Award, for FTC’s outstanding litigator (1994, for Ticor Title Insurance Co.; and 1998, for Drug Wholesaler litigation); Paul Rand Dixon (Law Enforcement) Award, for outstanding contributions to the agency’s law enforcement mission (1988 and 1992); Team Award (1996, for Rite Aid/Revco merger; 1998, for Drug Wholesaler litigation; and 2000, for Intel litigation); Distinguished Service Award, the FTC’s highest award, for career contributions (2001); Superior Service Award, for sustained outstanding achievement (1986); and Meritorious Service Award, for significant accomplishments in a major antitrust matter (1981).


American Bar Association, Antitrust Section.


George Washington University, J.D., 1978: with honors; Member, George Washington University Law Review University of Scranton, B.A., 1973.

United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions

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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