Baker Botts LLP

Antitrust Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for A high-quality Washington, DC antitrust practice with proficiency in M&A, civil litigation and criminal investigations. Best known for its expertise in the energy sector as well as representing clients in technology, automotive and manufacturing. Frequently sought by clients to handle complex multijurisdictional matters and large-scale cartel investigations across the world.

Strengths Sources say: "They understand the antitrust landscape in the US and around the world."

A client says: "They do a great job of thinking through different strategies and how to progress best on filings."

Work highlights Acted for Arch Coal in its proposed joint venture with Peabody Energy, handling FTC merger control review.

Notable practitioners


James Rill
is endorsed by market commentators as "a tremendous figure in antitrust." He is a preeminent antitrust lawyer with extensive experience practicing in the space, highly regarded for his contribution to the development of US antitrust policy. He continues to advise huge corporate clients, and one commends him as "a fantastic advocate with a wealth of knowledge."


John Taladay
is highly regarded for his all-encompassing antitrust practice. He is equally at home guiding clients through sophisticated merger review proceedings as he is managing cartel and anticompetitive behavior investigations and litigation. He is commended by peers as an "extremely smart lawyer."


Joseph Ostoyich
is "extremely experienced, measured, practical and brings a calm demeanor to his representation," according to sources. He is well known for his work acting for clients in significant antitrust disputes often involving monopolization and price-fixing allegations.


Mark Botti
is noted for his work across transactional and contentious antitrust matters, deftly handling transactional clearance, government investigations and litigation including both class and individual actions. He is particularly well known for his work with healthcare sector clients. Clients say he "gives good advice and brings a lot of institutional knowledge."


Maureen Ohlhausen
is a prominent market figure well known for her recent position as Acting Chair and Commissioner of the FTC. She is well placed to advise clients facing challenging antitrust investigations. She is further noted for her related knowledge of consumer protection and privacy matters. Clients say: "She is smart, substantive, easy to work with and her tremendous experience is very beneficial."


Michael Perry
is a promising practitioner who advises on significant transactional antitrust concerns. He is rated as a "terrific lawyer who can translate complicated items into layman's terms."


Paul Cuomo
is commended for his transactional work in the antitrust space, advising clients engaged in significant cross-border transactions. He regularly appears before US and international competition agencies. Sources say: "He's very responsive, very approachable, great to work with and has a good commercial sense."


Sean Boland
has notable experience managing the merger review process, appearing on behalf of large clients before both the DOJ and FTC. A client says: "He is knowledgeable and very savvy."


Stephen Weissman
is highly regarded for his work spanning both transactional clearances and antitrust litigation. Clients benefit from his experience as a former Deputy Director of the the Bureau of Competition at the FTC. Sources report that "Stephen is excellent at what he does; he is really knowledgeable and has a ton of experience."