Covington & Burling (San Francisco)

Kate Patchen

Covington & Burling (San Francisco)

Kate Patchen is a partner and co-chair of Covington’s Antitrust Litigation and Cartel Defense Practice Group and the firm’s Civil Antitrust Litigation Practice Group. With more than two decades of experience in global antitrust and competition law, she is a leading U.S. and globally recognized antitrust and competition lawyer. Kate focuses her practice on government antitrust investigations, antitrust litigation, and antitrust compliance advice and training. Kate has worked on complex antitrust matters across numerous major industries, including technology, digital advertising, consumer products, and manufacturing. Kate joined Covington following both a distinguished career in government and as a leader of the Competition and Litigation Department of a major Fortune 100 company. She served as the former Chief and Assistant Chief of the San Francisco Office of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division where she spent sixteen years investigating and litigating antitrust violations. During her time at the Division, she oversaw the Office’s civil and criminal antitrust enforcement programs, including criminal price-fixing, bid-rigging, and no-poach investigations, as well as civil conduct matters and merger review. Following her service in government, she spent several years as Director of Competition and Director of Litigation at one of the largest tech companies in the world where she advised on high-stakes litigation, government investigations, and provided competition legal advice globally. The breadth of Kate’s unique experience, and her insight on antitrust agency priorities, goals, and policies is a valuable asset to companies facing international, domestic, and multi-agency exposure. Kate has a track record of success in both civil and criminal antitrust litigation, including prosecuting corporate and individual defendants in high-profile antitrust cases and defending company in a high-profile monopolization case. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington and in the Eastern and Northern Districts of California where she successfully prosecuted and tried multiple federal criminal cases, including fraud and false-statement cases. Kate is a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, an advisor to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyer’s Association Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, and a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. Kate is also a regular speaker on antitrust panels and programs.

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Kate Patchen, Jacqueline M. Fitch The US DoJ enters into deferred prosecution agreements to resolve criminal price-fixing charges against two pharmaceutical companies (Teva Pharmaceuticals / Glenmark Pharmaceuticals)


The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on August 21, 2023 that it entered into deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”) resolving criminal price-fixing charges against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (“Teva”) and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA (“Glenmark”). The DPAs come three (...)

Kate Patchen, Thomas O. Barnett, Cortlin H. Lannin, Anne Y. Lee, Phillip H. Warren The US District Court for the District of Connecticut upholds a joint motion of acquittal to hand DoJ another loss in its campaign to criminally prosecute labour market hiring restraints (Mahesh Patel / Robert Harvey / Harpreet Wasan / Steven Houghtaling / Tom Edwards / Gary Prus)


On April 28, 2023, Judge Victor A. Bolden of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut granted defendants’ Rule 29 Motion for Judgment of Acquittal in United States v. Patel, stymieing the Justice Department’s latest effort to prosecute agreements among competitors to (...)


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