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Bernard (Barry) A.  Nigro Jr.

Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr.

  • Partner
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Washington, DC
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Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr. is chair of Fried Frank's Antitrust Department. While resident in the Washington, DC office, he divides his time between the Washington, DC and New York offices.

Mr. Nigro's practice is focused on investigations and litigation under federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws, including criminal grand jury proceedings.  He frequently handles matters relating to the clearance of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity transactions, unfair and deceptive trade practices and advertising.  He also specializes in antitrust compliance counseling and training.  Mr. Nigro regularly appears before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and Congressional offices.

Mr. Nigro previously served as Deputy Director for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he managed the Bureau's merger and anticompetitive practices investigations and litigation.  While at the Commission, he supervised and participated in hundreds of matters involving a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, healthcare, defense, aerospace, music, tobacco, chemicals, retail, consumer products, food, supermarkets, energy, communications, media, and high technology, among others.  He also regularly briefed Congressional offices on antitrust matters. 

Mr. Nigro is a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles on a variety of antitrust and competition topics.  He serves on the Board of Editors of Antitrust Report, was a Co-Editor of Competition and Public Policy, was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Competition Law360, was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Telecom Antitrust Handbook and author of Resolution Without Litigation in The Merger Review Process.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Nigro is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Antitrust, where he is described as a "great negotiator" and an "excellent lawyer."  He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Antitrust, where he is singled out for his "insight into the underlying business and commercial issues of a transaction, and exceptional, in depth advice."  Mr. Nigro is also recognized by Who's Who Legal in Competition, and he received a commendation for Superior Service awarded by the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

Professional Associations

President, George Washington University Law Alumni Association (2016 - present)
Vice Chair, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law (2016 - present)
Co-Chair, Fall Forum, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law (2015 - 2016)
Bishop Ireton High School Capital Campaign Committee (2015 - present)
Member, George Washington University Law Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Committee (2014 - present)
Member, George Washington University Law Alumni Association Board of Directors (2012 - present)
Development Committee, St. Alban's School (2011 - present)
Co-chair, Higher Achievement Annual Gala (2014)
President's Council Executive Committee, Higher Achievement (2014 - present)
DC Metro Advisory Board, Higher Achievement (2011 - present)
Publications Officer, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law (2014 - present)
Section of Antitrust Law Representative, House of Delegates, American Bar Association (2011 - 2014)
Program Officer,  American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law (2009 - 2011)
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Competition and Public Policy Task Force (2008 - 2009)
Council Member, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law (2006 - 2009)
Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Committee Operations Committee (2003 - 2006)
Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Communications Industry Committee (2000 - 2003)
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Federal Trade Commission Task Force (2002)
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Skills Training and Programming Task Force (1996 - 1997)
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Committee Restructuring Task Force (1996 - 1997)
Served in various other roles within the American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
Member, Steering Committee for the Antitrust, Trade Regulation, and Consumer Affairs Section, DC Bar Association (1998 - 2002)

Clerkships

Mr. Nigro served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Richey, United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1986-1987).

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia; New York; Maryland; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; United States District Court for the District of Columbia
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