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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice today named Lawrence R. Fullerton of Fairfax, Virginia as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Merger Enforcement. Fullerton had served as the Division's Chief of Staff since February 1995.

Fullerton will head the Division's review of mergers and acquisitions in the midst of considerable new merger activism.

"We are extremely lucky to have Larry in this position during the current merger wave. He brings a wealth of antitrust experience both from his work here at the Division and from private law practice to this critically important position," said Anne K. Bingaman, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division.

Before joining the Division, Fullerton was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy, where he had an antitrust and regulatory practice before the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, a variety of other Executive Branch agencies and Congress.

Fullerton received his J.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Virginia in 1978, and his B.A. from Princeton University in 1974. He served as Senior Counsel on the Republican Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation from 1981 to 1985. He has been a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, Cornell Law School, and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Fullerton also has been active in bar association activities. He currently serves on the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law. From 1991 to 1994, he was chairman of the Section's Federal Trade Commission Committee. He writes and speaks frequently on topics related to antitrust, consumer protection and regulation of foreign investment in the United States.

In the merger deputy position, Fullerton succeeds Stephen C. Sunshine, who has returned to private practice in Washington, D.C.