James J. O’Connell

Covington & Burling (Washington)
Lawyer (Partner)

Mr. O’Connell joined Covington after over five years of public service with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in several leadership roles, including as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff. As Deputy AAG, he had responsibility for the Division’s appellate program and for the development of its major legislative and policy positions, such as those regarding intellectual property and the enforcement of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. His duties also included managing the Division’s relations with its enforcement counterparts around the world, including those in the European Union, China, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. This extensive international enforcement experience enables him to provide his clients highly informed and practical assessments of their U.S. and non-U.S. antitrust risks. Prior to his government service, Mr. O’Connell practiced antitrust law at an international New York-based firm.



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James J. O’Connell The US FTC imposes conduct remedies, such as refraining from bringing suit against violations of its patents that were misrepresented to a standard-setting organization, before granting approval to a merger in the gasoline industry (Chevron / Unocal)


On August 2, following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission approved the issuance of two consent orders that separately resolved (1) its 2003 monopolization complaint against Union Oil Company of California ( Unocal ) alleging anticompetitive abuses of the regulatory (...)

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