John D Harkrider

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Practice Areas

Antitrust and trade regulation, complex litigation

Axinn Antitrust Group Co-Chair


John Harkrider was named GCR’s Lawyer of the Year, as well as Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer in connection with the FTC’s investigation of Google. He currently represents Google in the Section 2 investigation before agencies throughout the world.

He advised Dell in its US$67 billion acquisition of EMC; Ball in its US$6.85 billion acquisition of Rexam PLC; Thermo Fisher in its US$13.1 billion acquisition of Life Technologies; Google in its US$12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility and its US$700 million acquisition of ITA; Cingular in its US$41 billion acquisition of AT&T; and BellSouth in its US$67 billion acquisition by AT&T. He also advised IMG in its merger with Learfield and MasterCard’s Board of Directors with respect to their IPO to end the claimed structural conspiracy between the banks.

Mr. Harkrider has represented Stanley Black & Decker, Tyson and United Technologies in Sherman Act litigation in district and circuit courts throughout the US. In government investigations, he advised Google with respect to the FTC’s investigation of Standard Essential Patents, and Stanley Black & Decker with respect to Made in USA Claims.

Professional Memberships

Editorial Board, ANTITRUST (2007-present); American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Economics Committee of Antitrust Section (2003-2006); New York State Bar Association; New York City Bar Association


Mr. Harkrider has published extensively on antitrust including, “Managing Timing of Multi-Jurisdictional Review” (GCR Insight: Merger Remedies Guide, October 2019); “Antitrust in the Trump Administration: A Tough Enforcer That Believes in Limited Government” (Antitrust, Summer 2018); “Concentrated Benefits and Dispersed Costs Rent-Seeking by Incumbents Against Innovative and Disruptive Web Based Firms” (Concurrences, March 2018); “Cash Tender Offers Under the HSR Act: Protecting an Efficient Market for Corporate Control” (Antitrust, Fall 2016); “Working the Clock: Strategic Choices in Managing Global Regulatory Review Timelines” (ABA 2016); “Seeing the Forest Through the SEPs” (Antitrust, Summer 2013); “Obama: the First Year” (Antitrust, Summer 2010); "Lessons from the Great Depression" (Antitrust, Spring 2009); "Antitrust Enforcement During the Bush Administration: An Econometric Estimation" (Antitrust, Summer 2008); "Risk-Shifting Provisions and Antitrust Risk: An Empirical Examination" (Antitrust, Fall 2005); and “Proving Anticompetitive Impact: Moving Past Merger Guidelines Presumptions” (2004 Milton Handler Antitrust Review, 2005; Columbia Business Law Review 317, 2005).


University of Michigan, Ph.D. program (did not complete dissertation); University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1991 JD cum laude, Honors: Order of the Coif, Thurston Society; University of Michigan, 1988 BA Honors, Highest Honors.