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Michael H. Knight (Mike)


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  • George Mason University (J.D. 1991; Managing Editor, Law Review; B.S. Marketing 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Government Service

  • 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)

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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA (2014-2017) — D.C. antitrust: "a great advisor on antitrust issues"

    The Legal 500 US (2016)

    Best Lawyers in America® (2014-2018)
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