Richard Parker Named Senior Deputy Director for Antitrust at FTC

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Richard G. Parker has been named Senior Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust arm, the Bureau of Competition. Parker has extensive experience in antitrust and other litigation matters before both administrative agencies and the courts. In his new role, Parker will oversee merger enforcement for the agency. He fills the opening left by George S. Cary.

"Rich brings to the Commission a wealth of experience both as a manager and as an outstanding litigator," said William J. Baer, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition."His knowledge, expertise and common sense will be invaluable to the Commission as it faces the challenges of mergers in the global economy."

Parker came to the Commission from the Washington D.C. office of the Los Angeles-based firm of O’Melveny & Myers where he was a partner specializing in antitrust litigation. His areas of expertise include the airline, defense, technology and insurance industries. Parker’s major litigation matters have included the Domestic Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation, the Insurance Antitrust Litigation, the IBM Peripheral Devices Antitrust Litigation and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System tariff litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Parker has been a member of the American Bar Association, Antitrust and Litigation Sections and Chair of the Antitrust Section Annual Meeting, 1996-1998. He started at O’Melveny & Myers as an associate in 1975 and became a partner in 1982. Before working at the law firm, Parker clerked for Judge William Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California.

Parker earned a B.A. from the University of California at Davis in 1970 where he was summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and a J.D. in 1974 from the University of California Law School. He resides with his wife Lisa and their two children in Bethesda, Maryland.

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