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Janet L. McDavid Biography

Janet L. McDavid

Ms. McDavid is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., where she focuses on antitrust and trade regulation litigation and counseling, with a particular emphasis on government investigations, litigation, and legislation. She has served as counsel in a number of significant antitrust matters, including for Mandalay Resort Group in its merger with MGM Mirage, Mobil Corporation in its merger with Exxon, Carnival Corporation in its acquisition of P&O Princess, Mandalay in its merger with MGM Mirage, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors in the formation of several joint ventures, American Express in the Justice Department's investigation and successful litigation against Visa and MasterCard, EMI in the Justice Department's investigation of online music, 20th Century Fox in the Justice Department's investigation of online movie joint ventures, General Dynamics in several defense industry transactions, Nestle in its acquisition of Dreyers, and BT plc in transactions with MCI.

She is a Past Chair of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association. She was previously Chair-Elect (1998-1999), Vice Chair (1997-1998), Program Officer (1994-1997), a member of the Antitrust Section Council (1991-1994), and Chair or Vice Chair of the Antitrust Section's Committees on Franchising, Section 2 of the Sherman Act, and Civil Practice and Procedure (1985-1991). She was a member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising (1991-1997) and Chair of the 1993 Annual Forum on Franchising. She is also a member of the Antitrust Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is the author or co-author of many books and articles involving antitrust law, including the Antitrust Evidence Handbook, Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust & Trade Associations Practice Guide, all published by the ABA Antitrust Section, Antitrust Investigations 501: Successfully Managing Your Relationship with Agency Staff and Increasing Your Chances for Approval; Proposed Reform of the EU Merger Regulation: A U.S. Perspective, Merger Review Processes in the United States and the European Union: A Comparison, How to Avoid Negotiations on Second Requests, Globalization and the EU, Globalization of Premerger Notification and Review: Practical Problems and Solutions, Antitrust Law: Intersection with IP, Antitrust and IP: Joint Agency Hearings, , The Defense of Mergers in the Defense Industry, Antitrust Issues in Health Care Reform, and The 1992 Horizontal Merger Guidelines: A Practitioner's View of Key Issues in Defending a Merger. She is a frequent speaker on antitrust issues.

Ms. McDavid was a member of the Advisory Team to the Transition Team for the Federal Trade Commission for the Bush Administration in 2001 and was a member of the Transition Team for the FTC for the Clinton Administration in 1992. She also served as Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section's Task Force on Competition Policy, which provided advice on antitrust issues to the Clinton Administration. In 1993-1994, she was a member of the Department of Defense Antitrust Task Force, which was appointed by the Secretary and the General Counsel of the Defense Department to advise on antitrust issues involved in defense industry mergers and joint ventures. In 1996-1997, she was a member of a Department of Defense Task Force to evaluate issues raised by Vertical Integration and Supplier Decisions among defense contractors.

Ms. McDavid has been profiled in numerous international surveys and rankings and is widely recognized as a leading authority in antitrust law, including: The Best of the Best for 2006, 2004, 2002, and 2000 (Competition and Antitrust Section); Legal Times of Washington Top Antitrust Lawyers (2005); Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Competition Section) for 1997-2006; Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for 2000-2006; Guide to the World's Leading Competition Lawyers for 1995-2006; Global Counsel Competition Handbook for 2000-2006, Global Counsel 3000 (9th edition), and Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (Competition and Antitrust Section); Which Lawyer-2005; and The Best Lawyers in America. She also was named one of the nation's top 50 women litigators by the National Law Journal. She received the Georgetown Law Center's Alumnae Achievement Award in 1999.

Ms. McDavid received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974, where she was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, and her B. A. with honors from Northwestern University in 1971. She joined Hogan & Hartson in 1974. Ms. McDavid is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and several other federal courts.

Updated December 29, 2023