If you are interested in turning your law career into something big that makes front-page papers and changes the way whole industries operate, consider being an antitrust lawyer. Such lawyers work on multi-million dollar cases, breaking up, at times, whole monopolies such as the Bell Operating System, which was perhaps the largest of the cases. They do this in order to protect competition itself, and not individual competitors. Necessarily, an antitrust lawyer must be interested in transactional law, or in money in general, in business law, and in how a business ought to be run. They work on teams taking on some of the largest companies in the world. If such a high-stakes effort appeals to you, and if you want to live large, then working as an antitrust lawyer might be for you.
Here are a few sample antitrust attorney job descriptions:
Staff Attorney (Antitrust)
Duties: Reviewing documents; factual research for existing cases and for investigations; and assisting with other discovery tasks, including responding to discovery requests and deposition preparation.
Requirements: J.D. from an accredited law school and licensed to practice in DC. Litigation experience required; Antitrust experience strongly preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required to handle large volumes of documents and work associated with each case. The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. Good analytic skills to synthesize large amounts of information into accurate summaries The ability to work independently.
Associate - Antitrust
The candidate will work with and learn from an extraordinary team of lawyers with a tireless determination to serve clients' interests and pursue justice in the private and public sector in a manner that provides a meaningful relief. The candidate should have 0-3 years of litigation experience. Must possess excellent writing and analytical skills and a strong academic background. A federal clerkship is strongly preferred.
Antitrust and Competition Associate - Regulatory
The candidate primary focus will be cartel investigations, follow-on litigation and white collar criminal defense. Should have 2-4 years of post-JD experience.
Antitrust Practice Group Associate
The candidate responsibilities will include assisting clients on a wide range of federal regulatory issues, with a focus on antitrust and litigation matters, including merger reviews and second request, antitrust counseling, and research and writing. The candidate should have 2-3 years of experience with a broad spectrum of antitrust work, including working with trade associations. Must have a strong academic background and excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Must be admitted to the DC Bar or admitted to at least one state Bar (preferably VA or MD) and qualified for prompt admission to the DC Bar.
The candidate should preferably have 2-5 years of experience. District of Columbia Bar membership or ability to waive into the D.C. Bar is required. Should be dedicated to a career in antitrust law and have substantive experience in a range of competition matters including mergers, litigation, government investigations, and counseling. Strong analytical abilities, proven research and writing skills, and excellent client-relations skills are required.