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Jones Day adds two antitrust partners, relocates two to Silicon Valley

Firm continues worldwide practice growth, addition and relocation strengthen Firm's California antitrust capabilities
August 2009


The international law firm Jones Day has announced that Craig Waldman and Michael Knight will join its Antitrust & Competition Law Practice from Cooley Godward Kronish. Mr. Waldman will be located in Jones Day's San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, and Mr. Knight will be based in Washington. In addition to Mr. Waldman's arrival in Northern California, Jones Day antitrust partner Michael McFalls and of counsel Margaret "Peggy" Ward will both relocate to Silicon Valley from their current location in Washington. These moves augment Jones Day's significant antitrust presence in the State.

"Craig Waldman and Mike Knight add tremendous government and private practice experience, Silicon Valley knowledge, and even more depth to our worldwide capabilities," said Phil Proger, head of Jones Day's Antitrust & Competition Law Practice. "Combined with the relocation of Mike and Peggy, we are better able to meet the increasing demand of our clients in California."

Mr. Waldman was the Chairman of Cooley's Antitrust & Trade Regulation practice, and as a former attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, has extensive experience on antitrust matters in domestic and cross-border contexts, including work in areas such as mergers, agreements among competitors, vertical distribution issues, price discrimination, criminal antitrust matters, monopolization, intellectual property licensing and trade regulation. In the course of his practice, he has counseled numerous global corporations across several industries including PC hardware and software, electronic design automation, B2B electronic platforms, medical devices, defense, sports, financial markets, life sciences, retail stores, and telecommunications. Mr. Waldman is currently named in Chambers USA Guide as a leader in antitrust in California. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the State Bar of California, and is listed in the 2007 International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers. Mr. Waldman received his B.A. in Policy Analysis with a concentration in Antitrust & Merger Policy in 1990 from Cornell University, and his JD in 1993 from University of Michigan Law School.
Mr. Knight advises clients on all aspects of competition law. Before joining Cooley, he was the Assistant Director of the Mergers II Division of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). During his stay at the FTC, Mr. Knight managed numerous investigations, including those of the Blockbuster-Hollywood, Sony-BMG, and Brocade-McData transactions. Prior to his arrival at the FTC, Mr. Knight was an antitrust partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Collier Shannon Scott PLLC. From 1997 through 2000, he served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. His arrival further strengthens Jones Day's Washington team and reunites him with David Wales (who recently joined Jones Day's Washington Office from the FTC, where he was head of the Commission's Bureau of Competition, and where the two worked closely together). Mr. Knight is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia (associate/inactive status), and also currently serves as a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law's Sherman Act Joint Conduct Committee. He received his B.S. in 1988 from George Mason University, and his J.D. in 1991 from George Mason University School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Law Review.
Mr. McFalls and Ms. Ward have been part of Jones Day's Antitrust practice in Washington for 11 and 10 years respectively. Mr. McFalls represents leading companies across a variety of industries before the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice in antitrust investigations and litigation. He also counsels these companies on a regular basis and provides strategic advice to litigators. Mr. McFalls also provides representation before the government and counseling to numerous companies on non-merger issues, particularly those involving antitrust and intellectual property. He co-coordinates the Firm's practice involving application of antitrust law to issues involving intellectual property and advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on the increasingly complex antitrust issues confronting those companies under U.S. antitrust law. From 1998 to 2000 he served as Attorney Advisor to FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky. He has been recognized in Chambers USA for antitrust from 2005 to 2009, DC SuperLawyers for antitrust from 2006 through 2009, and in the Best Lawyers in America for 2010.

Ms. Ward's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, counseling, compliance programs, and non-merger government investigations. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including energy, health care, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, broadcasting, software, and consumer products. From 2001 through 2003, Ms. Ward worked on antitrust matters at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While serving as senior counsel to Assistant Attorneys General Charles A. James and R. Hewitt Pate, she worked on a number of merger and non-merger antitrust investigations and advised the AAGs on policy initiatives, appellate and international matters, and competition advocacy efforts.

Jones Day's Antitrust & Competition Law Practice has more than 140 antitrust litigators and counselors in an integrated network spanning 22 major cities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Jones Day advises clients in all areas of antitrust and competition law, including mergers and acquisitions, criminal and civil investigations by government enforcers, antitrust litigation, antitrust/intellectual property issues, and the full range of counseling matters. The practice frequently is ranked in surveys of inside counsel and legal directories as one of the leading antitrust and competition law practices in the world.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 32 locations in centers of business and finance throughout the world.  With more than 2,400 lawyers, including more than 400 in Europe and 200 in Asia, it ranks among the world’s leading law firms.  Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies.