Christine A. Varney was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division on April 20, 2009.
Prior to her appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Varney held leadership positions in the public and private sectors. From 1998 to 2008, Ms. Varney was a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, in Washington DC, where she served as a member of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group and head of the Internet Practice Group, which she started. From 1994 to 1997, she served as a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, and was a leading official on a wide variety of Internet and competition issues. She also pioneered the application of innovation market theory analysis to transactions in both electronic high technology and biotechnology. Prior to becoming a Federal Trade Commissioner, Ms. Varney served as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet during the Clinton Administration.
As the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, Ms. Varney is responsible for leadership and oversight of all of the Division’s programs and policies, including its merger review, criminal and non-merger civil enforcement, competition advocacy, and international coordination programs. In the past two years, the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement work has resulted in the assessment of over $1.5 billion in fines against criminal conspirators. Under Ms. Varney’s leadership, the Division also has bought numerous successful civil challenges to anticompetitive mergers and other business behavior. In the area of competition advocacy, Ms. Varney has been actively involved in the Justice Department’s and the Agriculture Department’s joint workshops addressing competitive dynamics in agriculture markets, among other advocacy activities.
Ms. Varney manages an annual budget of over $160 million and staff of over 800, including more than 360 attorneys, 55 economists, and 180 paralegals—located in Washington DC, and the Division’s field offices in Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
Ms. Varney received her J.D. from Georgetown University in 1986, an M.P.A. from Syracuse University in 1978, and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1977.