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I am pleased to announce the addition of two highly experienced antitrust litigators to the Bureau of Competition.  In a happy coincidence of timing, David Laing and Tara Reinhart will both be joining the Bureau from private practice on December 15. They will report directly to Deputy Director Steve Weissman and to me. Tara and David will handle both federal court and administrative litigation. They will often be involved in cases early on—before we’ve reached a decision on our recommendation to the Commission—to help determine whether litigation is appropriate. So don’t be surprised if you see them at a meeting!

David has 25 years of antitrust experience and has worked on both civil and criminal antitrust litigation, including more than 40 grand jury investigations. He spent several years at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division in the Lit 1 Section, and has served as a Special Assistant U.S. attorney in multiple districts. David has worked on numerous merger matters, including litigation at the Antitrust Division, and in private practice in investigations and litigation with the Commission, the Antitrust Division, and state and foreign antitrust agencies. David joins us from Crowell & Moring, where he was a partner in the Antitrust Group. David is a graduate of the University of Virginia and UNC School of Law.

Tara is a seasoned antitrust litigator with 20 years of civil and criminal defense experience.  She has handled many large litigations in a number of major industries, including telecommunications (merger challenge); transportation (multi-district price-fixing claims); and pharmaceuticals (monopolization claims). Tara has represented corporate entities and individuals in dozens of criminal and civil investigations by the DOJ, the FTC and state attorneys general, including merger and conduct matters, criminal fraud and RICO matters, and criminal antitrust matters. These investigations covered a range of industries, including industrial chemicals, health care, transportation, and auto parts. Tara joins us from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where she was Counsel in the Antitrust and Competition group. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

I look forward to having them join us here at the Bureau.

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