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Abbott (Tad) Lipsky

Acting Director of Bureau of Competition, FTC

Tad Lipsky retired from Partnership at Latham & Watkins on February 28, 2017 as he was appointed to the position of Acting Director of Bureau of Competition at the FTC.

A member of Latham & Watkins since 2002, Mr. Lipsky is internationally recognized for his work on both US and non-US antitrust and competition law and policy, and has handled antitrust matters throughout the world. Having served as chief antitrust lawyer for The Coca-Cola Company from 1992-2002, Mr. Lipsky has incomparable experience with antitrust in the US, EU, Canada, Japan and other established antitrust-law regimes, as well as in new and emerging antitrust-law regimes in scores of jurisdictions that adopted free-market policies following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. He has been closely associated with efforts to streamline antitrust enforcement around the world, advocating the reduction of compliance burdens and the harmonization of fundamental objectives of antitrust law.

From 1981-83 Mr. Lipsky served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General under William F. Baxter, who sparked profound antitrust law changes while serving as President Reagan's chief antitrust official. In that position Mr. Lipsky supervised Supreme Court litigation in a series of groundbreaking antitrust cases, including among others National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, 468 US 85 (1984) (horizontal restraints), Jefferson Parish Hospital District No. 2 v. Hyde, 466 US 2 (1984) (tie-in doctrine), Monsanto Co. v. Spray-Rite Service Corp., 465 US 752 (1984) (vertical price maintenance) and Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. California State Council of Carpenters, 459 US 519 (1983) (antitrust standing). He supervised preparation of the Department of Justice "Merger Guidelines" (1982), which have since become the dominant model for antitrust analysis of mergers, acquisitions and other structural transactions throughout the world. He also organized and supervised the Antitrust Division's review of United States v. IBM Corp., which culminated in a joint stipulation of dismissal without prejudice of the marathon case in 1982.

Mr. Lipsky served as the first International Officer of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law from 2001-03. He served on the Editorial Board of Competition Laws Outside the United States (2001), the most ambitious annotated compilation of non-US competition laws yet produced. He has held a variety of senior positions among the officers and governing council of the Section of Antitrust Law and continues to serve as a Co-chair of the Section's International Task Force. He is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and various federal appellate courts.

Mr. Lipsky has been acknowledged for distinguishing himself in his legal practice. Throughout his career, he was consistently recognized by Chambers USAThe Legal 500 USSuper Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He is also listed as a top competition lawyer in the Who’s Who Legal: Competition 20142015 and 2016 guide.


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Publications and Multimedia
The Barriers to the American Innovation Economy - Event Audio/Video
Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 07, 2017