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Partner Charles "Rick" Rule named as one of DC area's top antitrust attorneys, Legal Times, "Leading Lawyers"

In its antitrust practice focus, the March 21st Legal Times named partner Charles "Rick" Rule as one of the top antitrust attorneys for the D.C. area. The article highlights Rule's professional career that "took off like a rocket, propelling him at the ripe old age of 32 to the position of assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. In 1986, Rule was appointed to head the division, making him [far and away] the youngest person to have ever held the job. He left government in 1989 to join Covington & Burling as a partner, and since 2001, has led Fried, Frank's antitrust practice." The article also notes his role in the antitrust case of the decade. "Impressed by his skills as a pundit, Microsoft brought the [FFHSJ] partner on as spokesman in 1997. He was one of the key architects of the settlement with the Justice Department and nine states that laid the matter - or at least most of it - to rest." "He was indispensable to our ability to engage in constructive settlement negotiations with the Justice Department and the states in 2001," says Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. Besides the Microsoft matter, other memorable cases in Rule's private practice include representing the Exxon Corp. in its $81 billion acquisition of the Mobil Corp. Charles Matthews, general counsel of ExxonMobil, describes Rule as "certainly among the top counselors we've ever worked with ... He has a great capacity to learn quickly, to absorb, and to help implement." Most recently, Rule represented MGM Mirage in its $7.9 billion acquisition of the Mandalay Resort Group. The resort-casinos deal was announced in June 2004 and approved by the FTC in February 2005.

To read about Charles "Rick Rule and Antitrust Law -- A Practice Focus", click here.

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