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Antitrust Pros Start New Antitrust Boutique

 |  March 21, 2022

Market-leading antitrust lawyers Charles F. (Rick) Rule and Deborah A. Garza, both former senior antitrust officials, and Daniel J. Howley, who has played a leading role on many major antitrust matters, have launched a new boutique antitrust law firm (Rule Garza Howley) focused on providing sophisticated advice to clients on critical M&A, government investigations, and litigation.

They are joined by highly respected antitrust lawyers William E. Dolan and Margot M. Campbell, who also bring deep M&A, trial and advisory experience.

In recent years the antitrust environment has changed dramatically, and companies have a greater need now than ever for sophisticated and experienced counsel to help navigate the evolving and multi-dimensional landscape. Our small size will allow us to serve clients in a way that is nimble, unencumbered by conflicts, and intensely client-focused,” Rule said. “I am very proud of my time at Paul, Weiss and the opportunity to work alongside some of the best M&A lawyers and litigators in the world. Our new boutique firm offers a unique and focused value proposition that is designed to meet the needs of companies at a time when new mandates are reshaping the antitrust landscape. I look forward to continuing to work with my friends at Paul, Weiss while being able to assist other top lawyers, investment bankers, and clients.”

“Our new firm is uniquely positioned to achieve positive outcomes for clients,” said Garza. “Clients will always get the ‘A-team’ at this firm, and they will benefit from our deep experience and first-hand insight into current antitrust enforcement practices and policies.”

“The commercial savvy of our antitrust team is at the top of the market,” said Howley. “For antitrust, we’ll punch at the weight of the elite large firms, but with the agility of a boutique.”

“Rick has been a terrific partner and a leading antitrust advisor for many years. While I am sad to see him go, we wish him great success and look forward to working with him in the future,” said Scott Barshay of Paul, Weiss.