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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Welcomes Makan Delrahim as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division

For Immediate Release
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions today welcomed the confirmation of Makan Delrahim as the Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. 


“Makan is an outstanding lawyer with a deep devotion to the integrity of our free market system,” said Attorney General Sessions.  “His expertise in antitrust enforcement will enable him to follow legal requirements and effectively promote competition to the benefit of consumers and the American economy.”


Mr. Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of industries, issues, and institutions touched upon by the critical work of the Antitrust Division.  He previously served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections.  During that time, he played an integral role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts and was involved in civil and criminal matters.  He has also served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network.  Mr. Delrahim also served as a Commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission from 2004 to 2007.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Delrahim served as antitrust counsel, and later as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. 


Prior to his nomination by the President to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, Mr. Delrahim served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel.  He is a former partner in the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.  Mr. Delrahim received his J.D., with high honors, from the George Washington University School of Law, his M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Updated September 27, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-1069