Former FTC Chief Trial Counsel Charles Loughlin joins Hogan Lovells antitrust team

Former FTC Chief Trial Counsel Charles Loughlin joins Hogan Lovells antitrust team

Press releases | 07 October 2019

Washington D.C., 7 October 2019 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chief Trial Counsel Charles “Chuck” Loughlin has joined the firm’s Washington D.C. office as a partner in its Antitrust, Competition, and Economic Regulation (ACER) group within the Global Regulatory Practice.

“I’m excited to be heading back to private practice,” said Loughlin. “Hogan Lovells has a highly regarded antitrust team in the U.S. and around the world, and the opportunity to take on a new role in a global practice was very enticing.”

Loughlin served as Chief Trial Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission since August 2016, and previously served as Deputy Chief Trial Counsel. Throughout his career, Loughlin has worked on some of the most significant recent matters to have come before the FTC. In his time at the FTC, he led the Impax Labs trial, co-led the Staples/Office Depot trial, and supervised both the Tronox/Cristal trial and the 1-800 Contacts trial.

“Our antitrust practice has enjoyed significant success including our recent work to clear IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat. We have been actively looking to add a trial lawyer with Chuck’s stature and experience to meet the needs of our clients,” said Edith Ramirez, co-head of the firm’s ACER group. “His private practice success and trial experience for the FTC is a hard combination to find. He will make an outstanding addition to our practice.”

Before entering public service, Loughlin was a partner in the antitrust groups at law firms Baker Botts and Howrey where he focused on private antitrust litigation, particularly defending against class action cases. Additionally, he served as lead antitrust counsel for the country’s largest options exchange in a number of alleged price-fixing and market allocation cases.

“Chuck ‘s extensive experience in both public service and private practice is going to be a major asset for the firm and our clients in competition and antitrust matters across multiple industry sectors, including the financial institutions, life sciences, and technology sectors,” said Alice Valder Curran, who leads the firm’s Global Regulatory practice. “Chuck gives us the kind of top tier trial experience clients increasingly look for, and his experience at the FTC will be invaluable.”

Loughlin graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.