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J. Robert Robertson

Washington, D.C.

J. Robert Robertson

A veteran litigator, Robby Robertson attacks legal challenges with bold strategy, determination, and a laser focus on winning — qualities he likely gleaned from 10 years in the Marines.

A colleague once said, "I've been on the same side as Robby, and I've been on the opposite side ... I'd much rather be on the same side." Perhaps it's his way of controlling the facts when cross examining expert witnesses. It's no wonder he is the lead litigator for Global Competition Review's 2012 litigation case of the year.

Robby is one of 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 has had dozens of commercial or antitrust trials before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, or arbitration panels. He also represented clients in numerous investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division. His cases have focused on many industries, including health care, petroleum, airline, aerospace, automotive, chemical, technology, and many kinds of consumer products.

Robby is the former chief trial counsel for the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Among his FTC triumphs include leading the litigation team that won a preliminary injunction in the FTC v. CCC Holdings, Inc.; serving as lead trial counsel in the agency's monopolization and unfair competition case against Intel Corp.; and lead trial counsel in the standard-setting Union Oil Co. of California. He also was the lead trial counsel in the pay-for delay, monopolization case against Actavis, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the FTC.

Prior to attending law school, Robby served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, The University of Chicago Law School, 1990
  • B.A., with distinction, Virginia Military Institute, 1977


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • The Antitrust Law Journal, Editorial Chair, 2005-2009; Co-Editorial Chair, 2009-2012; Senior Editor, 2012-present

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Texas

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

2005-2008, 2013-2017

Antitrust (District of Columbia)

Chambers USA


Antitrust: Merger Control

Legal 500 US


Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazers

National Law Journal


Competition Section

Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers


Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions

Legal 500 US


BTI Client Service All-Stars, Antitrust


Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts: Antitrust

Legal 500 US


Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers

Legal Media Group


Top Lawyers, Antitrust

Washingtonian Magazine


Competition Lawyer

PLC which lawyers?


Shortlisted, Lawyer of the Year

GCR Awards


Litigation of the Year

GCR Awards


FTC Distinguished Service Award

Federal Trade Commission


Janet D. Steiger Award

Federal Trade Commission

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Judge Rules Non-Reportable, Consummated Merger Violates Antitrust Law

International Law Office

Published Works

United States v. Widget Co., Newco, and Patent Aggregator Plus LLC; A Hypothetical Closing Argument

79 Antitrust L. J. 527
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