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J. Robert Robertson

Washington, D.C.

J. Robert Robertson

A veteran litigator, Robby Robertson attacks legal challenges with bold strategy, determination, and a laser focus on winning — qualities he likely gleaned from 10 years in the Marines.

A colleague once said, “I’ve been on the same side as Robby, and I’ve been on the opposite side … I’d much rather be on the same side.” Perhaps it’s his way of controlling the facts when cross examining expert witnesses. It’s no wonder he is the lead litigator for Global Competition Review’s 2012 litigation case of the year.

Robby is one of a handful of lawyers who can lead antitrust litigation for any client, whether it involves defending a merger or practice against an agency challenge or defending a client in private litigation. He has had dozens of commercial or antitrust trials before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, or arbitration panels. He also represented clients in numerous investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division. His cases have focused on many industries, including health care, petroleum, airline, aerospace, automotive, chemical, technology, and many kinds of consumer products.

Robby is the former chief trial counsel for the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Among his FTC triumphs include leading the litigation team that won a preliminary injunction in the FTC v. CCC Holdings, Inc.; serving as lead trial counsel in the agency's monopolization and unfair competition case against Intel Corp.; and lead trial counsel in the standard-setting Union Oil Co. of California. He also was the lead trial counsel in the pay-for delay, monopolization case against Actavis, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the FTC.

Prior to attending law school, Robby served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, The University of Chicago Law School, 1990
  • B.A., with distinction, Virginia Military Institute, 1977


  • The Antitrust Law Journal, Editorial Chair, 2005-2009; Co-Editorial Chair, 2009-2012; Senior Editor, 2012-present

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Texas

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York



American College of Trial Lawyers


Chambers USA, Antitrust



Legal 500 US


BTI Client Service All-Stars, Antitrust


Top Lawyers, Antitrust

Washingtonian Magazine


Legal Media Group, Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers


Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Competition Section


Competition Lawyer

PLC which lawyers?


Litigation of the Year, GCR Awards


Shortlisted, Lawyer of the Year, 2012 GCR Awards


FTC's Janet D. Steiger Award


FTC's Award for Distinguished Service

Latest thinking and upcoming events

Published Works

Judge Rules Non-Reportable, Consummated Merger Violates Antitrust Law

International Law Office

Published Works

United States v. Widget Co., Newco, and Patent Aggregator Plus LLC; A Hypothetical Closing Argument

79 Antitrust L. J. 527

Published Works

Administrative Trials at the Federal Trade Commission in Competition Cases

14 Sedona Conference Journal 101
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