New Leadership in the Division’s Appellate Section
In recent months, the Antitrust Division welcomed a new Chief and Assistant Chief in its Appellate Section. Kristen Limarzi became Chief in October 2013—after working for six years as a staff attorney in the section. In January 2014, James Fredricks stepped into the role of Assistant Chief after spending more than a decade at the Division. In their new positions, Limarzi and Fredricks, along with Robert Nicholson, who has served as an Assistant Chief in the section for 39 years, supervise the section’s eight staff attorneys, who represent the Division in all civil and criminal cases in the U.S. courts of appeals. The section, in conjunction with the Solicitor General’s Office, also prepares all Division briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, its responsibilities include filing briefs and arguing on behalf of the United States as amicus curiae in selected private antitrust cases.
Limarzi and Fredricks are pleased with the transition from staff attorney to leadership. “As a staff attorney, you have your cases and you do a really deep dive on the matter, but as Chief I’m getting exposed to everything the section is doing,” said Limarzi. “It’s an exciting time to be here—we have great people with a lot of energy working on interesting matters,” Limarzi added.
Both observed that over the last decade the Appellate Section increasingly has become involved during the investigation and trial phases, not just at the appellate stage. “By consulting early on about potential legal issues, we help best position the Division to preserve our trial teams’ hard-fought victories and protect the Division’s interests on appeal,” explained Fredricks. Limarzi and Fredricks both hope to see this trend continue going forward.
Limarzi and Fredricks also expressed a continuing commitment to amicus participation in private cases. “Advocating for the correct interpretation of the antitrust laws is an important part of the Division’s mission to promote competition. We are always looking for opportunities to advise courts and provide them with our expertise on important and complex antitrust issues,” said Limarzi.
Limarzi received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Swarthmore College in 1997. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. From 2003–2007, she worked for King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C., and joined the Antitrust Division’s Appellate Section in 2008 as a staff attorney.
Fredricks received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1999. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Emory University in 1996. Following law school, Fredricks clerked for Judge R. Lanier Anderson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He joined the Department in 2001 as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division’s National Criminal Enforcement Section. During his time at the Department he also has served as a senior counsel to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Antitrust Enforcement, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division’s Appellate Section.