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Janet (Jan) L. McDavid

Washington, D.C.

Janet (Jan) L. McDavid

Recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States, Jan McDavid has been profiled in numerous international surveys and rankings and is widely known as an authority in antitrust law.

She is a Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Antitrust Committee (2016-17) and a past Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section (1999-2000). Jan has provided antitrust transition advice to the Obama, Bush, and Clinton Administrations, and provided antitrust advice to the Department of Defense. Her practice focuses on antitrust investigations, merger review, and antitrust policy issues.

Jan is also a frequent speaker on antitrust issues around the globe. She has authored and co-authored many books and articles involving antitrust law.

"[V]ery strong, 'understands how business people operate,' and 'is someone you go to for help with a life-or-death situation.' '[T]he cream of the crop' with 'one of the best reputations at the antitrust bar.'"


Representative Experience

Counsel to ALSTOM in the investigations of the acquisition of its energy business by GE and its acquisition of GE's transportation signaling business.

Counsel to IBM in the sale of its microprocessor business to GlobalFoundries.

Counsel to IBM in its transaction with Lenovo involving the x86 server business.

Counsel to General Dynamics in multiple defense industry transactions.

Counsel to IBM in its successful defense of the Justice Department's investigations into its mainframe business and recruitment practices.

Regular antitrust counsel to American Express.

Counsel to Verizon in its acquisition of Terremark and its joint venture with Comcast and other cable companies.

Regular antitrust counsel to Carnival, including in its acquisition of P&O Princess.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1974
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1971


  • Advisory Board Member, Competition Law360
  • Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • Bush Administration Advisory Committee to Federal Trade Commission Transition Team, 2001
  • Chair, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 1999-2000
  • Clinton Administration Federal Trade Commission Transition Team, 1992
  • Department of Defense Task Force on Vertical Integration and Supplier Decisions, 1996-1997
  • Department of Defense Task Force on Antitrust Aspects of Defense Industry Consolidations, 1993-1994
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, Antitrust Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Non-Governmental Advisor, International Competition Network
  • Obama Administration Advisory Committee to the Federal Trade Commission Transition Team, 2009
  • Outside General Counsel, Family Matters of Washington, D.C., 1977-Present
  • Publications Officer, IBA Antitrust Committee, 2010-2012
  • Vice-Chair, IBA Antitrust Committee, 2012-2014
  • Washington Council of Lawyers

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court



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2009, 2013

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