With more than 25 years of experience as an antitrust lawyer in both government and private practice, Mike Knight advises clients on a full range of competition law matters including mergers, joint ventures, competitor collaborations, distribution issues, price discrimination, monopolization, and intellectual property restraints. He routinely represents clients before federal and state antitrust agencies and federal courts. Mike also co-heads Jones Day's Hart-Scott-Rodino Act premerger notification team.
Mike's recent representations include securing antitrust clearance for Cintas Corporation's acquisition of G&K Services and the long-fought acquisition by Hertz of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. He also has represented Aetna, Axiall, Conagra, and Indivior, among other clients, on antitrust matters.
Mike served as an assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition from 2003 to 2007, heading the Bureau's Mergers II Division, where he oversaw hundreds of investigations across an array of industries including technology, chemical manufacturing, mining, and agriculture. He was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division from 1997 to 2000. In private practice before joining Jones Day, Mike represented technology firms Adobe, NVIDIA, and Synopsys, among other clients.
Mike has held various leadership positions in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law over the past 18 years and currently serves on the editorial board of the Section's Antitrust Source publication. He writes and speaks frequently on antitrust enforcement topics.
Supreme Court Blocks FTC from Obtaining Monetary Remedies in Most Antitrust and Consumer Protection Cases
- November 9, 2016
Jones Day Global Life Sciences Conference – 2016 Issues & Trends
- March 10, 2015
What You Absolutely Positively Must Know About HSR
- May 21, 2014
The Interface Between Sector Regulation and Competition Law: The Experience in the US, Europe And Elsewhere, panelist, Canadian Bar Association's 2014 Competition Law Spring Forum
- November 13, 2013
2013-2014 Life Sciences Webinar Series: Intellectual Property, Regulatory, and Antitrust Issues in Life Sciences M&A and Capital Markets Transactions
- September 5, 2013
Risk Factors for Second Request Merger Investigations by the DOJ and FTC, panelist, ABA Section of Antitrust Program
- September 12, 2013
Merger Practice Workshop, panelist, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Program
- March 27, 2012
Antitrust for Deal Lawyers, guest lecturer, Boston College Law School
- January 31, 2012
Budgeting for eDiscovery: Exploring your Approach to Cost Control and Transparency, panelist, LegalTech New York 2012
- July 19, 2011
New DOJ Merger Remedies: Expanded Antitrust Enforcement Tools, panelist, Strafford CLE Webinar
- June 22, 2011
Executive Roundtable Series - Growing Your Business: How to Handle Legal and Regulatory Hurdles Both Before and After They Arise
- March 10, 2011
TransPerfect Legal Solutions/FTI Technology Second Request Panel, panelist
- September 27, 2010
International Competition/Antitrust Update, panelist, CCCA 2010 Corporate Counsel World Summit
- July 1, 2010
Horizontal Merger Guidelines: Operating Within the New Antitrust Framework, panelist
- February 16, 2010
Executive Roundtable Series: Antitrust in the Obama Administration: Developments in the First Year and What to Expect Next
- September 15, 2009
Annual seminar on Antitrust for the Westchester/Southern Connecticut chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (WESFACCA)
- George Mason University (J.D. 1991; Managing Editor, Law Review; B.S. Marketing 1988)
- District of Columbia
- Assistant Director, Mergers II Division, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission (2003-2007) and Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice (1997-2000)
Chambers USA (2014-2017) — D.C. antitrust: "a great advisor on antitrust issues"
The Legal 500 US (2016)
Best Lawyers in America (2014-2018)