Fried Frank Partner Named by White House to Head Antitrust Modernization Commission

Fried Frank Partner Named by White House to Head Antitrust Modernization Commission

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP partner Deborah A. Garza has been named chair-designate of the federal Antitrust Modernization Commission by Presidential appointment, it was announced today.

Ms. Garza said, “I am honored by the President’s decision to name me as chair-designate and look forward to accomplishing the important work of the Commission. It has been more than 60 years since the last time a Congressionally established commission examined the antitrust laws. Given the changes that have occurred in our marketplaces since that time, it was a wise decision by Congress to provide for the establishment of this Commission to advise it on the continued efficacy of our current regulatory regime.”

The Antitrust Modernization Commission is a 12-member bipartisan commission created by Congress to evaluate the current operation of antitrust enforcement and determine whether a need exists to modernize the antitrust laws. The Commission is to solicit the views of “all parties concerned with the operation of the antitrust laws,” identify and study issues, and report to Congress and the President within three years after the Commission’s first meeting. The last time such a commission was established by Congress was in 1938.

Ms. Garza, an antitrust partner in Fried Frank’s Washington, DC office, previously served in the United States Department of Justice during the Reagan and Bush Administrations as Chief of Staff and Counselor in 1988-89 and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust in 1983-84. She is Editorial Chair of the ABA’s Antitrust Magazine and has been an active private-sector participant in the International Competition Network. She has been involved in some of the major antitrust matters of the past two decades, including the representation of Exxon in its merger with Mobil and the representation of the National Football League in its landmark litigation with the United States Football League. Ms. Garza joined Fried Frank in February 2001.

Valerie Ford Jacob, co-managing partner of Fried Frank, said, “I’m delighted that Deborah has been chosen to head this Commission. This is a great honor for Deborah and for the firm and a testament to Fried Frank’s growing first-class antitrust practice.”