Meet the Front Office

Division Update Spring 2018

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim

Makan Delrahim

Makan Delrahim
Assistant Attorney General

Makan Delrahim is Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, confirmed by the United States Senate on September 27, 2017. He previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel and as a partner in a national law firm. He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. From 2004-07, he was a Commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission. Earlier in his career, Mr. Delrahim served as antitrust counsel and later as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. He completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA, earned his JD from George Washington University Law School, and holds a masters degree in biotechnology from the graduate school of Johns Hopkins University.

Fun fact: Makan was executive producer of the movie Trash Fire.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch

Andrew C. Finch

Andrew Finch
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Andrew Finch is Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. He served as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division from April 2017 until the confirmation of Makan Delrahim as AAG in September 2017. Previously, Andrew practiced antitrust law as a litigation partner in an international law firm. He previously served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis G. Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Fun fact: Andrew owns a Coton de Tulear, the unofficial dog of the Antitrust Division (Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Barry Nigro also own Cotons).

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roger P. Alford

Roger Alford

Roger Alford
Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Roger P. Alford is Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International Affairs. He is on leave from the faculty of Notre Dame Law School, which he joined in 2012, and where he is Concurrent Professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs and a Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Previously, he practiced law with a large law firm in Washington, D.C., and was a senior legal advisor to the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Activities in Zurich. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to Judge James Buckley of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Richard Allison of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. He completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor and earned his JD at New York University School of Law. He also holds degrees from Edinburgh University and Southern Seminary.

Fun fact: Since his twenties, Roger has run one marathon a decade to keep in shape.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Luke Froeb

Luke M. Froeb

Luke Froeb
Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Luke Froeb is Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics. He has been a member of the faculty of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management since 1993, where he is holder of the William C. Oehmig Chair of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. From 2003-05, he served as Director of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC. Earlier in his career, he was an economist in the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, a Kramer Foundation Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and an assistant professor in the economics department at Tulane University. Professor Froeb received his AB from Stanford and his Ph.D. in econometrics from the University of Wisconsin.

Fun fact: Luke taught his kids how to add (up to 21) by playing blackjack for money.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Donald G. Kempf Jr.

Donald Kempf

Donald G. Kempf Jr.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Donald G. Kempf Jr. is Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He previously was Chief Legal Officer for a major financial institution and a partner with a national law firm. He also served on the Antitrust Modernization Commission and was a Senior Advisor to an independent investment bank and to an independent consultant for the legal industry. Mr. Kempf served in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned his AB from Villanova University, his LLB from Harvard Law School, and his MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Fun fact: Donald got admitted to Harvard Law School by joining the Marine Corps.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro

Bernard A. Nigro, Jr.

Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro
Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro is Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He previously was chair of the antitrust department and partner in a national law firm. He served as Deputy Director for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition from 2003-05, where he received a Commendation for Superior Service awarded by the Chairman. He received his BA from Georgetown University and his JD from George Washington University Law School.

Fun fact: Barry’s college graduation speaker was Mother Teresa, and he once golfed with Tom Watson.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Marvin N. Price Jr.

Marvin Price

Marvin N. Price Jr.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Marvin N. Price Jr. is serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement, on detail from the Director of Criminal Enforcement position. Prior to becoming Director, he was the Chief of the Chicago Office of the Antitrust Division for about 14 years. He has also served in the Division as an Assistant Chief and Special Assistant, and is one of the Division’s Professional Responsibility Officers. Marvin received his BA from the University of California, San Diego, his MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from George Washington University Law School.

Fun fact: While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Marvin lived for a year on a small island in the East China Sea called Okino Erabu Shima.

Director of Civil Enforcement Patricia (Patty) A. Brink

Patricia (Patty) A. Brink

Patricia (Patty) A. Brink
Director of Civil Enforcement

Patricia (Patty) A. Brink is the Director of Civil Enforcement, supervising the Division’s civil investigations, including reviewing all proposed remedies and coordinating any international cooperation. She participates in the ICN’s Merger Working Group and has engaged in technical assistance consultations through the OECD and in several countries. Previously, Patty was the Deputy Director of Operations, Special Counsel for Microsoft Decree Enforcement, and staff attorney in numerous Division sections. She was awarded her AB from Occidental College and her JD from University of California, Davis King Hall.

Fun fact: Patty is an avid Bruce Springsteen fan and has attended over 40 Bruce concerts.

Economics Director of Enforcement W. Robert (Bob) Majure

W. Robert Majure

W. Robert (Bob) Majure
Economics Director of Enforcement

W. Robert (Bob) Majure is Economics Director of Enforcement where he was recently awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive. Prior to becoming Director in 2010, Bob served as section chief for one of the economic sections where he focused on cases involving telecommunications, media, and other high technology industries. Earlier in his career, Bob worked as a staff economist and assistant chief in the Division. Odd jobs have included advising a European central bank on deregulation and programming warehouse automation systems for his family business. He received his BA from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fun fact: Bob wrote a dissertation on game theory and spends a majority of his free time watching his children play sports he does not understand—especially lacrosse and field hockey.

Chief Legal Advisor Dorothy B. Fountain

Dorothy B. Fountain

Dorothy B. Fountain
Chief Legal Advisor

Dorothy B. Fountain is the Division’s Chief Legal Advisor, the Division’s principal lawyer for internal risk management and oversight, advising and providing guidance on the Division’s jurisdiction and law enforcement authority and potential areas of legal risk or vulnerability. Previously, Dorothy was Assistant Chief of the Litigation II Section for 10 years. She also served in the Division as Deputy Director of Operations and as a staff attorney. Dorothy was a law clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia and an associate in a major law firm. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of North Carolina.

Fun fact: Dorothy is a beekeeper, and her friends are the beneficiaries of the prodigious honey production of her beehives.

Acting Chief of Staff John Elias

John Elias

John Elias
Acting Chief of Staff

John Elias is the Acting Chief of Staff to the Assistant Attorney General. John joined the Antitrust Division through the Honors Program in 2006. After six years as a trial attorney in the Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture Section, he became a Special Assistant in the Office of Operations. In 2015, following a detail to the White House’s Presidential Personnel Office, John joined the Office of the Associate Attorney General, where he served for various periods as Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Associate Attorney General. John joined the Division’s Front Office in January 2017. He was president of DOJ Pride, the Department’s LGBT employee affinity group, from 2013 through 2017. John is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Yale University.

Fun fact: In July 2011, John joined 5,000 others on the National Mall to set a world record for largest-ever ensemble to play the angklung, an Indonesian bamboo instrument.

Senior Counsel Rene Augustine

Rene Augustine

Rene Augustine
Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

Rene Augustine is Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Most recently, Rene served in the White House Counsel’s Office as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President. Previously, she served as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush and Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Earlier in her career, Rene was a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, an associate with an international law firm based in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University Law School. Her focus in the Front Office is on media, entertainment, and professional services, as well as deregulation and federal intergovernmental relations. Rene is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and Duke University.

Fun fact: Rene learned how to dogsled last year in the Arctic Circle.

Senior Counsel Bryson Bachman

Bryson Bachman

Bryson Bachman
Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

Bryson Bachman is Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. He assists in civil investigations, with a focus on vertical mergers, and manages relations with state attorneys general. He has also served within the Department of Justice as a Deputy to the Associate Attorney General, and as a trial attorney in which role he contributed to the Antitrust Division’s successful merger litigations against General Electric/Electrolux and Anthem/Cigna. Previously, Bryson served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Mike Lee on the Senate’s Antitrust Subcommittee. Bryson also worked for several years as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of an international law firm and clerked for the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University.

Fun fact: Bryson once appeared in a teen romance film, Drive Me Crazy, as a basketball player.

Counsel Caroline Anderson

Caroline Anderson

Caroline Anderson
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

Caroline Anderson is Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Carly is detailed from the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, where she worked as a trial attorney. In that capacity, Carly defended the United States in district court litigation against statutory and constitutional challenges and advised the Treasury and State Departments regarding the implementation of financial sanctions. Carly also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. Previously, she served as Deputy Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama. Carly’s focus in the Front Office is on civil litigation, international issues, and the Division’s Chicago office. Carly clerked for the Honorable Miriam Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Honorable Joel Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Carly is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Stanford University.

Fun fact: Carly has a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Counsel Emma Burnham

Emma Burnham

Emma Burnham
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

Emma Burnham is Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, where her work focuses on criminal antitrust matters. From June 2014 to February 2017, Emma served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division’s Washington Criminal I Section. Before joining the Department of Justice, Emma worked as a white-collar criminal defense associate at firms in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Emma is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Georgetown University.

Fun fact: Emma has two dogs (a lot of people have one dog, but not as many people have two dogs).

Counsel David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

David Lawrence is Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. David started his career at the Antitrust Division as an honors attorney in the Telecommunications and Broadband Section, following clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, for the Honorable Wilfred Feinberg, and on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Richard J. Holwell. He joined the Front Office in 2016 as Counsel to Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse, assisted the management of the Division through the transition between administrations, and now focuses on issues in the telecommunications and transportation sectors. David is a graduate of New York University School of Law and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he majored in Physics.

Fun fact: David’s identical twin brother, Matthew, also a lawyer, was offered a job at the Antitrust Division the year before David was.

Counsel Taylor Owings

Taylor Owings

Taylor Owings
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

Taylor Owings is Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Taylor joined the Antitrust Division from private practice in the San Francisco office of an international law firm, where she advised tech clients on the application of antitrust law to high-tech business models. In the Front Office, Taylor serves as a liaison to the Technology and Finance Section, the civil section of the San Francisco office, the Appellate Section, and the Competition Policy and Advocacy Section. Taylor clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg, and on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, for the Honorable Richard J. Leon. She was also formerly a member of the antitrust practice group in the Washington, D.C., office of another international law firm. Taylor is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College.

Fun fact: Taylor has practiced dance her whole life and, while at the London School of Economics, she choreographed and performed in a dance show staged on London’s West End.

Counsel William Rinner

William Rinner

William Rinner
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

William Rinner is Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, joining the Antitrust Division in September 2017. Among other responsibilities, he has advised the Assistant Attorney General on matters in the Appellate, Healthcare and Consumer Products, and Competition Policy and Advocacy sections, as well as on policy issues involving technology and intellectual property. Before joining the Division, Bill was an antitrust litigator in private practice in Washington, D.C. Bill previously clerked for the Honorable Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Bill is a graduate of Yale Law School and University of Notre Dame.

Fun fact: Bill was a member of his college a cappella group, the Undertones.

Counsel Julia Schiller

Julia Schiller

Julia Schiller
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

Julia Schiller is Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Among other responsibilities, Julia has advised the Assistant Attorney General on a wide array of civil enforcement matters and policy issues. Julia joined the Division from the Washington, D.C., office of an international law firm, where she practiced antitrust law for nearly 10 years, focusing on government merger and nonmerger investigations, civil litigation, and antitrust counseling. Prior to attending law school, Julia served as a Research Assistant at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. Julia is a graduate of New York University School of Law and holds an A.B. in economics from Princeton University.

Fun fact: Julia once hitchhiked her way out of a volcanic crater.

Counsel M. Brinkley Tappan

Brinkley Tappan

M. Brinkley Tappan
Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General

M. Brinkley Tappan is Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Brinkley joined the Antitrust Division in September 2014 as International Counsel in the International Section, where she managed the Division's relationships with the Korea Fair Trade Commission and the Competition Commission of India, intellectual property policy issues around the world, and the Division's requests to foreign governments for mutual legal assistance and extradition in international cartel cases. During her time as International Counsel, Brinkley was also detailed to various civil matters, including the Division's litigation to block the merger of Anthem/Cigna. Prior to joining the Division, Brinkley practiced for nine years in the antitrust group of an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. Brinkley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in history.

Fun fact: Brinkley is a dedicated yogi and has practiced Ashtanga yoga for more than 15 years.

Updated April 11, 2018

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