Meet the Division’s New HSR Specialist: Kara Kuritz

Meet the Division’s New HSR Specialist: Kara Kuritz

Division Update Spring 2015

Attorney-Advisor Kara Kuritz, the Division’s Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Expert

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Kara Kuritz

Kara Kuritz started in September 2014 as the Division’s Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act expert. Working with Section Chief Bob Potter and other members of the Legal Policy Section, Ms. Kuritz serves as an advisor to the Assistant Attorney General and Division staff on all HSR-related matters.

Ms. Kuritz entered the legal field with a math and economics background, which made her a natural fit for antitrust law. “When I was interviewing for positions during law school, the antitrust lawyers were the most interested in me and I was the most interested in them,” she remembers. During her last two years of law school, Ms. Kuritz served as a law clerk in the Mergers IV Division at the Federal Trade Commission, where she worked on hospital mergers. After law school, Ms. Kuritz worked for six years as an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

During her time at the firm, Ms. Kuritz discovered that she enjoyed client advising and opportunities to hone her expertise in HSR matters. This expertise led her to join the Division, where she has enjoyed working with her colleagues in the Legal Policy Section and elsewhere in the Division on challenging HSR issues, including the Division’s enforcement action against Flakeboard and SierraPine, described more in our Civil Program Update. Says Kuritz, “Thinking about the HSR Act from an enforcer’s perspective is an opportunity few lawyers get. Joining the Division has given me a better understanding of the HSR and associated rules.”

Ms. Kuritz received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 2008, and her B.A. in economics and mathematics from Washington & Jefferson College in 2004.