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J. Bruce McDonald


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  • The University of Texas at Austin (J.D. with honors 1988; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, The Review of Litigation; B.A. with honors 1985); University of London (Course work in European Competition Law 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas and District of Columbia

Government Service

  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (2003-2007)

Bruce McDonald represents energy, transportation, and telecommunications companies in antitrust government investigations and enforcement actions, merger reviews, and antitrust private litigation. He has worked extensively in related sectors, including petroleum and petrochemicals, oilfield services, electricity, aviation, satellite communications, and media.

Bruce served as deputy assistant attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice for four years from 2003 to 2007. While at the DOJ his antitrust enforcement responsibilities covered energy, telecommunications, transportation, health care, and regulated markets. The attorney general appointed Bruce to serve as the DOJ's representative on the Electric Energy Competition Task Force created by Congress. He was also part of the U.S. delegation that negotiated the "open skies" agreement between the U.S. and the European Union.

Bruce currently serves as chair of the State Bar of Texas' Antitrust & Business Litigation Section. He previously served as chair of the ABA Antitrust Section's Transportation & Energy Committee and chairman of the Houston Bar Association's Antitrust Section. Bruce has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and speaks and writes frequently on antitrust law enforcement and policy. He also taught antitrust and trade regulation as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar, and the American Bar Association. Bruce is involved in community and pro bono matters that serve church, civic, and family and youth organizations.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers (2011-2018) — leading antitrust lawyers in Texas (Band 1): "Exceptional judgment and substantive knowledge"

    The Legal 500 US — recommended for antitrust, M&A antitrust, and commercial litigation: "Strong in mandates involving the airlines and energy industries"; "‘Practical, responsive, and with a can-do attitude,’ say clients"

    Best Lawyers in America — Antitrust Law; Litigation-Antitrust (2016-2019)

    Washington DC Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
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