Haidee L. Schwartz > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Robert S. Strauss Tower
2001 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1037
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Litigation


Partner; Litigation, Antitrust

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Haidee L. Schwartz focuses on guiding her clients’ transactions through U.S. and international antitrust agency reviews. She represents entities in conduct investigations and provides counsel regarding business operations and planning in relation to U.S. and global competition laws and policy development.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Schwartz served as Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC and as an Attorney Adviser to then-Acting Chairman and previously Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen. Haidee draws upon more than 15 years of antitrust experience, as both an U.S. antitrust enforcer and in private practice, where she has represented clients subject to FTC and DOJ merger and conduct investigations, DOJ criminal investigations, and defendants in private antitrust class actions. She also has provided strategic counseling to companies on a wide range of antitrust matters. 


Vice-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association


J.D., George Mason University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2006

A.B., Duke University, 1987

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP sports an antitrust and competition practice that encompasses the representation of companies from a variety of industries in both class actions and multi-district litigation. Corey Roush heads the department with extensive experience in the antitrust space with regular involvement in bet-the-company cases. Pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, technology, and consumer goods are among the sectors handled by Haidee L. Schwartz, while the expertise of C. Fairley Spillman extends to the intersection of antitrust with intellectual property. All mentioned attorneys are based in Washington DC.

United States > Antitrust > Merger control

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP focuses on securing merger clearance for complex, multi-stage transactions, including those requiring regulatory and antitrust clearance in multiple jurisdictions. The practice handles merger review and investigations by the DOJ and FTC, and also litigates effectively, notably representing Peabody Energy in the FTC’s case against its merger with Arch, a high-level involvement for accomplished antitrust litigator Gorav Jindal. Areas of strength for the firm include energy, financial services, electronics, and retail. Practice head Corey Roush  has litigated before the DOJ and FTC, and continues to lead on high-value deal clearances, representing 7-Eleven in securing FTC clearance for its $21bn acquisition Speedway, as well as notably securing clearance without a Second Request for Kingston Technology’s sale of its HyperX division to HP. Former FTC official Haidee L. Schwartz offers significant insight to clients on the agency’s strategies as well as providing support on merger clearances and investigations. Counsel Brian Rafkin joined from Dechert LLP in June 2021 and specializes in defending companies in litigated merger challenges. All attorneys mentioned are in Washington DC.