Hon. Charles F. "Rick" Rule

Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Charles (Rick) Rule, the head of the firm's Antitrust Group and a member of the firm's Management Committee, focuses his practice on providing U.S. and international antitrust advice to major corporations in connection with "bet your company" matters, particularly high-profile mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. He also represents corporate clients in connection with civil and grand jury investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission and in private and governmental litigation both at the trial and appellate levels.

Among the clients he has represented are Microsoft Corporation; ExxonMobil; US Airways Inc.; Celanese Corporation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Morgan Stanley;  Financial Security Assurance; the National Basketball Association; Bacardi & Company Ltd.; Eli Lilly & Company, and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.  Rick was a key member of the team that negotiated on behalf of Microsoft  a conclusion to the historic antitrust lawsuit that the Justice Department and a number of states pursued against the company. He also was involved in the antitrust clearance of some of the highest-profile mergers in recent years, including advising NYNEX in its merger with Bell Atlantic (now known as Verizon Communications), serving as Exxon Corporation's lead counsel in its successful merger with Mobil Oil Corporation (now known as Exxon Mobil Corporation), representing MGM-Mirage in its acquisition of Mandalay Bay, and representing Delta and Pine Land in its acquisition by Monsanto. 

Rick also has handled major civil and criminal litigation and argued numerous times in court on behalf of clients such as Microsoft, US Airways, a television network and its affiliates, and the Pasha Group. While in government, he argued on behalf of the United States in several appeals and before the U.S. Supreme Court inMatsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574 (1986).

He began his career as William Baxter's special assistant in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. He served as acting head of the Division for part of 1985 and was permanently appointed to the position in late 1986, becoming the youngest person ever to be confirmed as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division.  In 1988, in recognition of his exemplary performance, he received theEdmund J. Randolph Awardfrom the Justice Department.  Following his departure from the Justice Department in 1989, Rick was a partner and head of the antitrust practice at a leading Washington, D.C. law firm, and subsequently became the head of the global antitrust practice of another major New York firm. 

Rick is a frequent author and lecturer on antitrust and regulatory topics, and he has participated in numerous conferences, workshops, and programs on issues of merger enforcement and trade regulation.  He is recognized as one of the world's leading antitrust lawyers and is named inChambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers For Business(2006 edition), The Legal Times, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, The WashingtonianandWho's Who in American Law.

Rick also has served as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at American University's Washington College of Law. He was the inaugural chair of the Corporations, Securities and Antitrust Practice Group of the Federalist Society and served as Chair of the Economics Committee of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section. He is a member of the advisory board of BNA'sAntitrust & Trade Regulation Report, the Washington Legal Foundation, and the Landmark Legal Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Law Center and has previoulsy served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Rick received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A.,summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Daniel M. Friedman of the former U.S. Court of Claims (now the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit). He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia.

  • University of Chicago Law School
    J.D. 1981
  • Vanderbilt University
    B.A., summa cum laude 1978

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Publications and Multimedia
Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation? - Event Audio/Video
Corporations, Securities, and Antitrust Practice Group
March 14, 2012
The Google Review: Regulation of Search Results and More - Event Audio/Video
Intellectual Property Practice Group
September 19, 2011
Is Google Monopolizing Something, and If So, What? - Event Audio
Corporations, Securities and Antitrust Practice Group
December 07, 2009