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Former Chief Trial Counsel for the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition Joins Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.

07 September 2010

Updated Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7 September 2010 – Hogan Lovells announced today that J. Robert "Robby" Robertson, former Chief Trial Counsel for the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition (FTC), has joined Hogan Lovells US LLP as a partner.

Robertson, one of the leading antitrust trial lawyers in the country, will be a member of the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice group, which is comprised of 45 partners and 130 antitrust lawyers in more than 15 offices worldwide. He will be resident in the Washington, D.C. office.

During the past eight years, Robertson has tried numerous cases for the FTC. Most recently, he was the lead trial counsel in the FTC’s monopolization and unfair competition case against Intel Corporation, which was settled in August 2010. Robertson also recently led the litigation team in FTC v. CCC Holdings, Inc., in which the United States District Court granted a preliminary injunction enjoining CCC’s $1.4 billion merger with Mitchell International Inc. The parties subsequently abandoned the merger. This was the first merger challenge that the FTC had won at trial in federal court in many years. He also tried successfully the cases against Unocal, Chicago Bridge, and Polypore.

Robertson was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP from 1996 to 2008, with the exception of his service with the FTC. In private practice, Robertson represented numerous clients in antitrust, competition, merger, and distribution law matters. In addition to his extensive experience with antitrust litigation, Robertson has tried a broad range of cases in other areas, including intellectual property, employment, and franchise.

According to Susan Bright and Jan McDavid, Co-heads of the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice, "Robby is a first-rate trial lawyer who has a vast amount of antitrust litigation experience. He is one of only 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 is also very well-regarded by his peers and others in the antitrust agencies."

Commenting on his decision to join Hogan Lovells, Robertson said, "I am excited to become a part of one of the largest global antitrust and competition practices in the world. Hogan Lovells provides me with the ideal opportunity to use the experience I have gained at the FTC, along with my considerable trial experience from private practice, to build on strong corporate, IP, and international platforms. I am eager to develop my antitrust litigation practice on a global level together with many lawyers with whom I have worked over the years."

Most recently, Robertson received the Federal Trade Commission’s Distinguished Service Award.

Robertson is currently the Co-Editorial Chair of the Antitrust Law Journal and is a member of the Council of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. He has also been recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by Chambers, Who’s Who Legal, PLC, Legal 500, Global Competition Review, Illinois Super Lawyers, and the Best Lawyers in America.

Robertson received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School (cum laude and Order of the Coif), where he was the Topics & Comments Editor for the Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Milton I. Shadur in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Robertson served more than 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

 
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