Rich Parker is one of the foremost antitrust lawyers in the United States, frequently called on by companies to save the day at the eleventh hour. As co-chair of the firm’s antitrust and competition practice, he has achieved numerous victories for clients both before enforcement agencies and in the courts. After Rich served as lead trial counsel and negotiated a very favorable settlement for US Airways that resolved the DOJ’s attempt to block the airline’s merger with American Airlines, Global Competition Review recognised him as “Litigator of the Week” and said, “If O’Melveny & Myers partner Rich Parker wasn’t already the most famous antitrust litigator in America, he probably is now.” Global Competition Review also named the litigation “Antitrust Matter of the Year” and selected Rich as a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year”.
Rich is both a trial lawyer and an antitrust regulatory lawyer. He has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including criminal, merger, and government civil investigations, as well as class action litigation. He regularly represents clients before the FTC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on mergers, conduct investigations, criminal matters, and policy issues.
Rich returned to the firm in February 2001 after three years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). During his tenure as director of the Bureau of Competition, he oversaw the investigations of the Exxon-Mobil, BP Amoco/ARCO and AOL/Time Warner mergers. After his return to O'Melveny, Rich led a successful defence, on behalf of Triton Coal, of the Arch Coal/Triton Coal merger against the FTC in federal court.
WWL says: Richard Parker is placed among the most highly recommended litigators in the US overall, and is said to be "highly effective" and "great to watch"
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