Michele S. Harrington

Michele S. Harrington

Partner, Northern Virginia

"Highly recommended." 

Legal 500 2014

Meeting the antitrust challenges in today's competitive landscape means facing a complex framework of antitrust and competition laws in multiple jurisdictions.

For more than 28 years, Michele Harrington has helped clients navigate a range of antitrust issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, licensing agreements, and joint ventures, including "bet the company" transactions. Michele provides advice on contract terms, due diligence and integration planning, antitrust risk assessment, and strategies to respond effectively to government investigations.

Michele has supervised the filing of hundreds of Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) forms, helping companies obtain the antitrust regulatory clearances they need to close on transactions. In addition, Michele steers companies through the antitrust approval process and responds effectively to government investigations. For example, she represented ITA Software Inc., in connection with the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ's) investigation of the Google-ITA transaction, which was awarded "Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas (2012)" by Global Competition Review.

Michele was the co-editor of The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law's most recent edition of Premerger Notification Practice Manual, a popular primary research tool used by HSR practitioners throughout the United States.

Awards and recognitions

2007-2008, 2010-2012, 2014-2016

Legal Elite, Legislative, Regulatory, and Administrative
Virginia Business magazine


Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Antitrust
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Columbia Law School, Kent Scholar, Stone Scholar, 1987

B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude, 1984


Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


District of Columbia

Representative experience

Advised Colfax Corporation on U.S. antitrust issues in connection with its US$947m acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Represented Precision Dermatology, Inc. in connection with FTC investigation of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s acquisition of Precision.

Served as Ariba's antitrust counsel in connection with SAP's US$4bn acquisition of Ariba.

Successfully obtained antitrust clearance for ITA Software from DOJ in connection with Google's widely publicized US$700m acquisition of ITA.

Successfully obtained antitrust clearance from the FTC for Admob in connection with Google's acquisition of Admob.

Advised Tumblr in connection with Yahoo's US$1.1bn acquisition of Tumblr.

Acquisition by KBR, Inc., of SGT, Inc., a provider of award-winning, high-value engineering, mission operations, scientific, and IT service solutions to federal government agencies.

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