John D Harkrider left Skadden, Arps in 1995 to become a founding partner of Axinn's antitrust practice, of which he is now co-chair. In 2013 he was selected as Litigator of the Week by American Lawyer; in 2012, John was named lawyer of the year by Global Competition Review and was listed as a most valued person (MVP) in competition by Law360.
Representative merger work includes for Dell in its US$67 billion acquisition of EMC, Ball in its US$6.7 billion acquisition of Rexam, Thermo Fisher Scientific in its US$13.5 billion acquisition of LIFE Technologies, Google in its US$12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility and US$700 million acquisition of ITA, BellSouth/Cingular in its US$41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless, and US$67 billion acquisition by AT&T.
Representative conduct investigations as lead counsel include Google with respect to the FTC's investigation into its use of standard essential patents; Stanley Black & Decker with respect to Made in USA Claims under Section 5 of the FTC Act; and GSI/eBay with respect to conspiracy claims before the NY Attorney General.
Representative first chair antitrust litigation work includes Black & Decker in a conspiracy claim made by SawStop in the Eastern District of Virginia; Tyson and George's with respect to Tyson's sale of assets to George's in the Western District of Virginia; SunGard in a merger challenge by the Department of Justice, Omnicare in its Sherman Act claims against United Health; and United Technologies Corporation in connection with Walker Process and Handgards claims in the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Maryland.
Mr Harkrider has published extensively on antitrust, including "Proving Anti-competitive Impact: Moving Past Merger Guidelines Presumptions" (2004 Milton Handler Antitrust Review, 2005; Columbia Business Law Review 317, 2005); "Seeing the Forest Through the SEPs" (Antitrust, summer 2013); “Obama: the First Year” (Antitrust, Summer 2010); "Lessons from the Great Depression" (Antitrust, spring 2009); "Antitrust Enforcement During the Bush Administration: An Econometric Estimation" (Antitrust, summer 2008); Econometrics: Legal, Practical and Technical Issues (ABA); and "Risk-Shifting Provisions and Antitrust Risk: An Empirical Examination" (Antitrust, autumn 2005).
Mr Harkrider obtained his law degree in 1991 from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He obtained his BA from the Honors College at the University of Michigan in 1988, where he graduated with highest honours. He also went through a PhD programme at the University of Michigan (did not complete dissertation).
He has been on the editorial board of Antitrust (ABA) from 2007 to present, and was the vice chair of the economics committee of the antitrust section from 2003 to 2006.
WWL says: An "excellent litigator", John Harkrider was praised for his "unassailable commercial acumen" and the quality of his contentious and transactional work
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