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Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Michael Kades

Michael Kades is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division with a focus on civil enforcement.

Prior to coming to the US Department of Justice, Michael was director for markets and competition policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. His research focused on competition and antitrust enforcement, with an emphasis on consumers, wages, equality, and innovation. He testified before Congress multiple times and authored several reports and articles on antitrust policy.

Prior to joining Equitable Growth, Michael worked as antitrust counsel for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), on detail to the from the Federal Trade Commission. He worked on the CREATES Act, the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act, and the Trade Secrets Protection Act, all of which Congress enacted. He was also the primary staffer on the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act and the Consolidation Prevention and Competition Protection Act.

Michael spent 20 years investigating and litigating antitrust actions as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. From 2013-15, he was the Deputy Chief Trial Counsel for the Bureau of Competition where he participated in a number of merger investigations and litigations. From 2006-2013, served as attorney advisor to Chairman Jon Leibowitz. He oversaw the Commission’s strategy to address anticompetitive patent settlements, worked on the 2010 horizontal merger guidelines, and advised the Chairman on antitrust issues. From 1997-2006, he was an attorney in the Health Care Products Services. He argued In re Schering Plough and In re South Carolina Board of Dentistry before the Commission as well as appearing in federal court. He played a leading role in FTC v. Mylan in which the Commission obtained $100 million in disgorgement. While at the Commission, he received the Chairman’s Award and the Paul Rand Dixon Award.

Kades is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Updated June 14, 2023