Charles F. (Rick) Rule

Paul Weiss (Washington)
Lawyer (Partner)

Charles F. (Rick) Rule, is partner and co-chair of the Antitrust Group at Paul Weiss. Before he was the head of the Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Antitrust Group, the Managing Partner of the Washington office, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, focuses his practice on providing U.S. and international antitrust advice to major corporations in connection with “bet your company” matters, particularly high-profile mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. He also represents corporate clients in connection with civil and grand jury investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission and in private and governmental litigation both at the trial and appellate levels. Rick has represented numerous corporations and individuals in connection with civil and criminal grand jury investigations by the Department of Justice and other enforcement agencies involving allegations of price-fixing, market allocation, bid-rigging, and other criminal conduct on a national or global scale. Utilizing his former government experience, Rick advises clients in effective strategies in protecting their interests throughout the investigation process. Rick has also handled major civil and criminal litigation and argued numerous times in court on behalf of clients such as Microsoft, US Airways, a television network and its affiliates, and the Pasha Group. While in government, he argued on behalf of the United States in several appeals and before the U.S. Supreme Court in Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574 (1986). He began his career as William Baxter’s special assistant in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. He served as acting head of the Division for part of 1985 and was permanently appointed to the position in late 1986, becoming the youngest person ever to be confirmed as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division. In 1988, in recognition of his exemplary performance, he received the Edmund J. Randolph Award from the Justice Department. Following his departure from the Justice Department in 1989, Rick was a partner and head of the antitrust practice at a leading Washington, D.C. law firm, and subsequently became the head of the global antitrust practice of another major New York firm. Rick is a frequent author and lecturer on antitrust and regulatory topics, and he has participated in numerous conferences, workshops, and programs on issues of merger enforcement and trade regulation. As regular counsel to clients with an interest in the technology sector, Rick has recently authored a number of articles on the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into Google, including articles in U.S. News & World Report and The American Lawyer. Rick also has served as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law. He was the inaugural chair of the Corporations, Securities and Antitrust Practice Group of the Federalist Society and served as Chair of the Economics Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He is a member of the advisory board of BNA’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, the Washington Legal Foundation, and the Landmark Legal Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Law Center and previously has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School. Rick received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Daniel M. Friedman of the former U.S. Court of Claims (now the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit). He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia.


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Anthony V. Nanni, Charles F. (Rick) Rule, Daniel J. Howley, Joseph J. Bial The US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico acquits shipping company’s former vice president of charges of conspiring with rivals to fix the prices (Crowley Liner Services)


This article has been nominated for the 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. A federal jury’s recent acquittal of a shipping company executive charged with price fixing highlights the challenges and uncertainties the Antitrust Division of (...)

Alec J. Burnside, Anthony V. Nanni, Charles F. (Rick) Rule, Joseph J. Bial, Samer B. Korkor The US DoJ announces first successful extradition based on antitrust charges (Romano Pisciotti)


This article has been nominated for the 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On Friday, April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that, for the first time ever, the DOJ successfully (...)

Andrew J. Forman, Charles F. (Rick) Rule, Daniel J. Howley, Jonathan Kanter The US DoJ announces an agreement to settle the antitrust litigation challenging the merger of two air carriers (US Airways / American Airlines)


This article has been nominated for the 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On November 12, 2013, US Airways, American Airlines, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), and several state Attorneys General announced an agreement to settle (...)

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