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David P. Wales (Dave)

Practice Leader Antitrust & Competition Law


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  • Syracuse University (J.D. magna cum laude 1995; Order of the Coif; Syracuse Law Review); The Pennsylvania State University (B.A. 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia and New York

Government Service

  • Federal Trade Commission (Acting Director, Bureau of Competition, 2008-2009; Deputy Director, 2006-2008); U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, 2001-2003)

Dave Wales, the leader of Jones Day's worldwide Antitrust & Competition Law Practice, has more than 20 years of antitrust experience in both the private and public sectors. He represents foreign and domestic clients in a wide range of industries on all aspects of antitrust, including M&A, criminal grand jury investigations, dominant firm conduct, distribution arrangements, licensing, and competitor collaborations.

In recent years, Dave has represented clients such as The Carlyle Group, Deutsche Bank, General Electric, HeidelbergCement, NASDAQ, Newell Brands, Procter & Gamble, and Sanofi on antitrust matters.

Dave also has the distinctive experience of serving as a senior official in both U.S. antitrust agencies. From 2001 to 2003, he was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. During a three-year tenure at the Federal Trade Commission, he served as acting director of the Bureau of Competition (2008-2009), where he oversaw all of the agency's antitrust enforcement activity.

Dave has testified on antitrust policy issues before the U.S. Congress and the Antitrust Modernization Committee. He regularly speaks and writes on antitrust and has held various leadership positions in the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section. Recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner, he is consistently ranked in Chambers, Legal 500, The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, Best Lawyers, and Washington DC Super Lawyers.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recommended by Chambers Global (2017) and Chambers USA (2011-2017): "an absolutely fantastic practitioner who is extremely valuable to clients"

    Listed in:

    The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (2014-2017)

    Legal 500 (2014-2017)

    Best Lawyers® (2013-2018)

    Washington DC Super Lawyers (2013-2017)
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