What Does an Antitrust and Competition Attorney Do?
- This practice area covers antitrust and unfair competition law, both in the United States and internationally.
- Antitrust and competition law regulates businesses at home and abroad to promote competition and competitive market practices.
- Attorneys who practice in this area address legal issues that arise under antitrust laws such as the Clayton Act and the Sherman Act.
- They also provide advice on matters such as monopolies, conglomerations, merger controls, pricing limitations, marketplace competition, price fixing, unfair competition, unfair restraint, tying, dawn raids, Cartel investigations, and the European Union Competition Law.
- The work in these cases tends to be quite high stakes and may be either civil or criminal in nature.
- A large number of attorneys in this practice area are originally from the Department of Justice.
- The contacts they have within the DOJ are helpful for understanding the best way to handle individual cases.
Why Do Antitrust and Competition Attorneys Enjoy Their Jobs?
- The attorneys in this practice area tend to be quite intelligent and enjoy tackling sophisticated issues.
- These cases tend to involve economics, market analysis, statistics and other disciplines to see if there are issues.
- Because these are matters on behalf of huge clients and often "bet the company" matters, they are easy for attorneys to bill a lot of hours on.
- Most of these matters never go to trial, and this is not a practice area that is good for people who enjoy going to trial.
What Are the Difficulties of Being an Antitrust and Competition Attorney?
- These matters can often last for years.
- They involve large matters and attorneys can spend weeks or years working on issues that may not ultimately matter or be that important.
- A major danger of these cases is that attorneys in these practice areas may be in a "feast or famine" role for a long time.
- If a matter goes away, the attorneys will be left without anything to do.
How Easy Is It to Move Laterally as an Antitrust and Competition Attorney?
- There is some demand for lateral attorneys in this practice area, but it tends to be very high end.
- Unless you are very intelligent and have an excellent background, you are going to have a very tough time succeeding in this practice area. This is a practice area for the "big boys" because it is so intellectual and the stakes are so high for big companies with a lot of money to spend.
- To succeed in this practice area, you need to make a name for yourself inside of a very prestigious firm early in your career.
- You need to impress people inside the firm and get them to take you under their wing.
- As a partner, you need to stick out and be seen as brilliant by companies and your peers to get this work.
- Very few attorneys succeed in this practice area, and almost all of the attorneys work in either Washington, DC or New York City.
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About Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is a prominent figure in the legal placement industry, known for his expertise in attorney placements and his extensive knowledge of the legal profession.
With over 25 years of experience, he has established himself as a leading voice in the field and has helped thousands of lawyers and law students find their ideal career paths.
Barnes is a former federal law clerk and associate at Quinn Emanuel and a graduate of the University of Chicago College and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist at the University of Chicago and a member of the University of Virginia Law Review. Early in his legal career, he enrolled in Stanford Business School but dropped out because he missed legal recruiting too much.
Barnes' approach to the legal industry is rooted in his commitment to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. He believes that the key to success in the legal profession is to be proactive, persistent, and disciplined in one's approach to work and life. He encourages lawyers to take ownership of their careers and to focus on developing their skills and expertise in a way that aligns with their passions and interests.
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In conclusion, Harrison Barnes is a visionary legal industry leader committed to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. Through his work at BCG Attorney Search, writing, and community involvement, he empowers lawyers to take control of their careers, develop their skills continuously, and lead fulfilling and successful lives. His philosophy of being proactive, persistent, and disciplined, combined with his focus on personal and professional development, makes him a valuable resource for anyone looking to succeed in the legal profession.
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Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.
Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.
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