James J. O'Connell

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

James J. O'Connell

James J. O'Connell

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Biography

Jim O’Connell advises international and US clients on their critical antitrust matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing arrangements and other business practices, government investigations, and litigation. His clients and peers recommend him for his knowledge of antitrust law, as well as for his experience and his intimate understanding of the people and processes of the US antitrust enforcement agencies, to help them navigate the antitrust regulatory process successfully and efficiently. In connection with his merger practice, he also regularly helps clients assess their pre-merger notification obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and foreign merger control regimes.

In a recent review of Covington’s antitrust team, Legal 500 described Mr. O’Connell as a “well-respected” practitioner who is “well connected with the DOJ” and recognized by clients for his ability to “quickly develop a high level of company-specific expertise.” Those clients have included companies in the energy and natural resources, manufacturing, life sciences, aerospace, chemicals, consumer goods, high-tech, on-line services, telecommunications, and media industries.

Mr. O’Connell joined Covington in 2009 after over five years of public service with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in several leadership roles, including as Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for international enforcement, appellate litigation, and policy matters. As Deputy AAG, he was responsible for the development of the Division’s major legislative and policy positions, such as those regarding intellectual property and the enforcement of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. He was also responsible for managing the Division’s relations with its counterparts around the world and in that capacity worked frequently with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition and the enforcement agencies of countries such as China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil, and the UK. This extensive international enforcement experience enables him to provide his clients highly informed assessments of their US and non-US antitrust risks. Prior to his government service, Mr. O’Connell practiced antitrust law at an international New York-based firm.

A frequent speaker and writer on antitrust law and policy issues, Mr. O’Connell chairs the editorial board of Antitrust, the magazine of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Antitrust Modernization Commission.

Pro Bono

* Represented the executor of the estate of a mentally ill individual who died while in custody at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center (Walker v. Correct Care Solutions, LLC).
* Regular outside counsel to the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

Memberships and Affiliations

* Non-Governmental Advisor, International Competition Network
* Member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law and Chair of the Editorial Board of Antitrust, the Section’s magazine
* Instructor, University of Virginia Law School (Advanced Antitrust Seminar)

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Education
J.D. with Distinction, Order of the Coif
Class of 1998

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B.S.
Class of 1990

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Memberships
Member, Section of Antitrust Law
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Executive Managing Editor
Prior

The Emory Law Journal is the law review at Emory University School of Law. The Emory Law Journal began as the Journal of Public Law in 1952. In 1972, the Journal expanded its scope from public law, becoming the Emory Law Journal. Today, Emory Law Journal publishes six issues a year featuring professional and student articles on a broad range of legal topics and remains entirely student-edited. The goals of ELJ are three-fold: (1) to foster excellence in legal research, writing, analysis, and editing; to provide the legal community with reliable and thoughtful commentary on new developments and trends in the law; (2) to enhance the reputation of the Emory University School of Law; (3) to provide not only a valuable research tool to practitioners by illuminating the current state of the law, but also to serve as a forum for legal activism by demonstrating where the law should be. The achievement of these goals rests on the ability and dedication of ELJ’s Members. ELJ consists of second- and third-year law students who have demonstrated superior ability in legal writing and analysis. Each year, up to thirty-six second-year students are invited to join ELJ as Candidates to the Editorial Board. Those students who successfully complete the Candidacy requirements are elevated to be Members of the Editorial Board and become eligible for election to the Executive Board. ELJ Members and Candidates carry sole responsibility for the editorial content and the substantive and technical accuracy of each article published in ELJ. For all Members and Candidates of ELJ, the writing and editing responsibilities provide an invaluable and intensive educational experience, which will serve them well in school and in practice.

Career History
Partner
2009 - Current

Covington & Burling LLP provides legal consulting services. They represent clients in litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters. The firm offers legal services related to intellectual property, international trade, mergers & acquisitions and tax practices. The company was founded by J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling on January 1, 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
2003 - 2009

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$2,500
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$1,500
2010

Founder at One Woman Initiative

Transactions
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Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. purchases PaxVax, Inc. from Ignition Venture Partners LLC, Cerberus Capital Management LP, Unisync Corp.

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Carousel Capital Management Co. LP, Golden Gate Private Equity, Inc., Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers purchase Mavis Tire Supply LLC from ONCAP Management, Inc., Penfund Management Ltd.

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Graham Holdings Co., Graham Media Group, Inc. purchase WCWJ-TV from Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court
Other Affiliations

James J. O'Connell is affiliated with Covington & Burling LLP, United States Department of Justice

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