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Legal Talk Network returned to record podcasts at this year’s Spring Meeting put on by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. Akin to last year’s event, the finest and sharpest minds from the antitrust field met in one place to share their experiences and learn from one another. Attendees included leaders of the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Attorney Generals’ offices from the various US states, US District Court judges, foreign governments, and the largest law firms in the world. This gathering remains incredibly collegial, with experienced participants easily interacting with young lawyers and law students (and everyone in between), and everyone comes away learning something new.
It may be impossible to cover every pertinent topic or issue in this important area of law over the course of three days but don’t tell that to the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, its staff, or its volunteers. With over 65 sessions put on, plus opportunities to network, be entertained and share meals, this super-charged ABA group produced separate podcast programming that would appeal to competition & consumer protection practitioners globally.
We were fortunate to be able to sit down at the Spring Meeting and talk with attendees and the Section’s leaders about recent developments in antitrust and consumer protection law as well as some topics about careers in these fields. To hear our podcasts recorded at this year’s meeting, please tune into the shows described below:
Adam Biegel of Alston & Bird takes the lead in this podcast interview with Deon Woods Bell and Hugh Stevenson from the Federal Trade Commission Office of International Affairs as well as Director General/Chief Executive Babatunde Irukera of the Consumer Protection Council in Nigeria, Chairman David Ong’olo of the Competition Authority of Kenya, Chairman Atef Amin Yacoub of the Consumer Protection Agency of Egypt, and Director of Mergers and Monopolies Luyamba Mpamba Kapembwa for Zambia discussing consumer protection, competition, data protection, merger regulations, and why they were attending the 2018 Spring Meeting.
Rani Habash from Dechert LLP and Danielle Hagland from Integreon join Alston & Bird’s Hilla Shimshoni to talk about entering the antitrust field, various ways the ABA Section of Antitrust Law helps practitioners get there, and advice for young attorneys.
Matt Joseph from Fried Frank sits down with Christie Grymes Thompson of Kelley Drye & Warren and the Federal Trade Commission’s Lesley Fair for a conversation about why they got involved in consumer protection law, working with government agencies, the digital economy, and the Internet of Things.
Joseph Vardner (Wells Fargo) finds out what’s going on with Niall Lynch (Latham Watkins) and the Department of Justice’s Lisa Phelan discussing criminal cartel enforcement, no poaching agreements, and DOJ action to prevent the government from over-paying for products.
Plaintiff attorneys Scott Martin (Hausfeld) and Bruce Simon (Pearson, Simon & Warshaw) join Tachau Meek’s Melissa Whitehead to talk about representing plaintiffs as opposed to defendants as well as finding and developing cases that will sustain their practices.
Howard University School of Law Professor Andy Gavil and George Washington University Professor (and former FTC chair) Bill Kovacic stop by for a humorous and high level conversation about the purpose of antitrust, its role in today’s economy and political climate, and the overarching need for it with hosts George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School student Anora Wang and Tom York from Jones Day.
Hear directly from ABA Section of Antitrust Law members as Chris Yook (King & Spalding) takes the lead on this podcast featuring Walmart’s Paula Martucci and the Federal Trade Commission’s April Tabor as they discuss their involvement with the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, why they got involved, and how it’s helped their careers, including access to educational publications, networking with top people in the field, and mentorships.
Alston & Bird’s Hilla Shimshoni sits down with McDermott Will & Emery’s Jeffrey Brennan and Davis Wright Tremaine’s Doug Ross for a conversation about antitrust in healthcare, major cases in the area, enforcement trends under the Trump Administration, and AG enforcement at the state level.
Facilitated by Baker Botts’ Jana Seidl, this podcast features a Borden Ladner Gervais’ Subrata Bhattacharjee, O’Melveny & Myers’ Ian Simmons, and Vinson & Elkins’ Hill Wellford discussing antitrust developments in Asia including substantive, procedural, and economic issues as well as whether Asia is following a US or EU model.
Godfrey & Kahn’s Kevin O’Connor and Hunton & Williams’ Phyllis Marcus sit down with Alston & Bird’s Alex Brown for a conversation about data privacy and security, the GDPR and European emphasis on the consumer, and US state laws covering related regulations and penalties.
Facilitated by Dechert LLP’s Anna Aryankalayil, this podcast features Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Gwendolyn Cooley, Florida Chief Deputy Attorney General Trish Conners and Tennessee Attorney General’s Office Senior Counsel Vic Domen discussing the role of state AGs in antitrust enforcement, multistate investigations, and ways for law students to get involved in the AG’s office.
Borden Ladner Gervais’ Gregory McLean is joined by Uber’s Gail Levine, Microsoft’s Forrest Treat, and American Express’ Suzanne Wachsstock, to talk about antitrust issues from the corporate legal department perspective, their relative paths to their current roles, and advice for young lawyers wishing to enter the field.
Latham & Watkins’ Lindsey Champlin sits down with Jones Day’s Paula Render and Alston & Bird’s John Snyder for a conversation about mergers, agency enforcement emphasis in healthcare and agriculture, and policy issues under the Trump Administration.
List of Interview Participants (in Alphabetical Order):
After receiving his J.D. and MBA, Laurence Colletti went into solo practice with emphasis in general business and commercial real estate. He has always carried a strong passion for web-based media with a particular interest in podcasting and video. Laurence leverages his legal background against that passion to help bring sophisticated, relevant content to Legal Talk Network podcasts. You can follow Laurence on Twitter at @LaurenceEsq.