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Division Update Spring 2014

Meet David Gelfand—the Division’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation

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David Gelfand

On August 26, 2013, David Gelfand joined the Antitrust Division as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation. In that role, Gelfand is responsible for overseeing the Division’s litigation efforts and, along with Director of Litigation Mark Ryan, works hand-in-hand with Division staff on matters likely to result in litigation.

Gelfand arrived shortly after the Division filed a lawsuit to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines and jumped right into his new role. “I love working with folks who have been following particular industries like people here have,” said Gelfand. “There’s nobody on the planet who knows more about the airline industry than people like Bill Stallings, Kathy O’Neill, Bob Young, Dick Doidge, Mike Billiel, and Caroline Laise. It’s a tremendous advantage to work with these folks.”

Once the airline case was resolved, Gelfand settled into a regular routine, helping Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer think about the Division’s litigation agenda. Since arriving at the Division, Gelfand says he has been impressed by the depth of knowledge on industries as varied as telecom, transportation, health care, and software. “I’m really enjoying it. I’m exposed to a range of industries and areas of antitrust,” said Gelfand.

Gelfand was a partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP before coming to the Department. After joining Cleary as a general litigator he worked extensively on antitrust matters with former Division Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mark Leddy, whom he came to view as a mentor. Gelfand was drawn to the way antitrust allowed him to work at the intersection of economics and law. He says he is thrilled about the opportunity to work at the Division. “I came to government because I wanted to do public service,” said Gelfand. “Being in a situation where you’re trying to do the right thing—to call balls and strikes—is very exciting.”

In his role as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Gelfand wants to be a resource for the Division’s litigation staff. Gelfand commended the Bazaarvoice trial team for its outstanding work at trial in the fall of 2013, and said he was looking forward to working with the Division’s many talented litigators during his time here.

Gelfand is a life-long resident of the Washington, D.C. area. Growing up in the District he believes helped shape his interest in practicing law and the government. “It may sound nerdy, but when I was a kid, I would go sit in on sessions of Congress,” said Gelfand. “I remember catching a bus and attending a day of the Watergate hearings, which was inspiring.”

Gelfand received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, where he graduated magna cum laude. In 2003, he was named one of the “45 under 45” best lawyers in America by The American Lawyer.

Highlights

Bridgestone Corp. Agrees to Plead Guilty and to Pay $425 Million Criminal Fine for Price Fixing on Auto Parts Installed in U.S. Cars

US Airways and American Airlines Required to Divest Facilities at Seven Key Airports to Enhance System-Wide Competition and Settle Merger Challenge Offering More Choice and More Competitive Airfares for Consumers

Court Rules Apple Inc. Violated Antitrust Laws by Conspiring to Raise E-Book Prices; Proposed Remedy Provides for Court-Appointed External Monitor, Antiretaliatory Measures and Prohibits Apple from Engaging in Future Anticompetitive Conduct

Court Finds Bazaarvoice Inc.’s Acquisition of PowerReviews Inc. Violates Antitrust Laws; Proposed Remedy Requires Selling Off All PowerReviews Assets, Provides Syndication Services to the Divestiture Buyer and Removes Trade-Secret Restrictions

Division’s Efforts to Combat Real Estate Foreclosure Auction Fraud Yields 72 Guilty Pleas to Date—45 in Northern California, 11 in Southern Alabama, 2 in North Carolina, 3 in Northern Georgia, and 11 in Eastern California—and 2 Trial Convictions

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo Required to Divest Piedras Negras Brewery, Perpetual Licenses to Modelo Beer Brands and Other Assets to Maintain Competition in Beer Industry Nationwide

Nine Auto Parts Manufacturers Agree to Plead Guilty and to Pay More Than $740 Million in Criminal Fines for Fixing Prices on Auto Parts Sold to U.S. Car Manufacturers and Installed in U.S. Cars; Two Executives Agree to Plead Guilty

Former Project Manager Sentenced to Serve 14 Years in Prison for Role in Bid Rigging/Fraud Schemes Involving Two EPA Superfund Sites in NJ

Former Sea Star Line President Sentenced to Serve Five Years in Prison for Role in Price-Fixing Conspiracy Involving Coastal Freight Services; Longest Ever Sentence for a Sherman Act Violation

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