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Janet (Jan) L. McDavid

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Janet (Jan) L. McDavid

Widely known as an authority in antitrust law, Jan McDavid is one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States. She has been profiled in numerous international surveys and rankings. Jan frequently speaks on antitrust issues around the globe and has authored and co-authored many books and articles involving antitrust law.

Chambers USA reveals clients say "she's a force" and someone who brings "tremendous experience in antitrust and a practical approach." She is further described as "terrific" and has an "enviable reputation" making her "someone you go to for help with a life or death situation."

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 guidance 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.

"She's a force" and someone who brings "tremendous experience in antitrust and a practical approach." She is further described as "terrific" and has an "enviable reputation" making her "someone you go to for help with a life or death situation."

Chambers USA

Representative experience

Counsel to SABMiller in its US$106bn merger with ABInBev. The merger was the largest-ever offer for a UK company and the third-largest takeover in history. The deal was named “Matter of the Year” by GCR for 2017. 

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

Education

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

Memberships

  • Obama Administration Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission Transition Team, 2008
  • Bush Administration Advisor to Federal Trade Commission Transition Team, 2001
  • 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
  • Non-Governmental Advisor, International Competition Network

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

2003-2017

Antitrust

Chambers USA

2000-2017

Competition/Antitrust (USA)

Chambers Global

2009, 2013, 2016

Women in Antitrust

Global Competition Review

2012-2016

Leading Lawyer

Legal 500 US

2008-2016

Antitrust

Legal 500 US

2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

The Best of the Best, Competition and Antitrust Section

Euromoney Legal Media Group

1997-2017

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

Who's Who Legal

2015

The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers

National Law Journal

1995-2016

Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers

Legal Media Group

2010, 2012

Guide to World's Leading Women in Business Law

Legal Media Group

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