Global Competition Review Honors Hogan Lovells Lawyer Tom Leary with Lifetime Achievement Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7 February 2011 – Hogan Lovells US LLP announced today that Thomas Leary, of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Competition Review (GCR), the world's leading antitrust and competition law journal and news service. The award aims to recognize “an individual – in private practice or in government, law or economics – whose career has had a substantial, lasting and transformational impact on competition policy and/or practice.”

“Tom’s more than 50 years of experience in high-profile antitrust, international competition, trade regulation, and consumer protection matters is invaluable to both Hogan Lovells and to the global business community,” said Hogan Lovells Antitrust, Competition, and Economic Regulation practice area Co-leader Jan McDavid. “His many achievements and contributions to the development of antitrust laws and doctrine over the course of his extensive career make him incredibly deserving of this award.”

After 16 years at legacy firm Hogan & Hartson, Leary became a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a position for which he was nominated by President Clinton. At the FTC, Leary’s opinions, articles, and speeches made original contributions on a variety of issues, such as the application of antitrust laws to the health care industry, the antitrust/intellectual property interface, the consistent enforcement of merger laws, and the common roots of competition and consumer protection law.

While at the FTC, Leary testified before Congress several times on antitrust and consumer protection issues, gave more than 100 speeches on policy discussions and other matters, and was published extensively on topics including antitrust law, attorney/client privilege, corporate compliance programs, and other problems of corporate practice in multiple trade publications. He also received the Kirkpatrick Award, the FTC’s highest accolade, which “honors the commitment, talent, and contributions of individuals who throughout their public and private careers have made lasting and significant contributions to the Federal Trade Commission.”

Leary returned to our Washington, D.C. office in 2006, where he continues to advise clients on antitrust and consumer protection issues. He also mentors many young antitrust lawyers on antitrust law and policy, including premerger notification laws, indirect purchaser legislation, and merger statutes.

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