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Freshfields Hires Wilson Sonsini DC Antitrust Pro

 |  September 12, 2022

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Jamillia Ferris in Washington as the firm builds its antitrust practice.

Ferris, a former senior antitrust official at the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission, joins from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where she was a partner in the firm’s antitrust and competition practice.

Freshfields’ bench of long-standing practitioners, some of which have strong ties to the government both at the DOJ and FCC, along with its global footprint, made it an attractive opportunity, she said.

“A global platform was really just one that was too hard to pass up,” she said in an interview, “particularly as you’ve looked out into the future of where the action is going to be on antitrust.”

UK-founded Freshfields is among firms expanding antitrust as the Biden administration makes enforcement a top priority. The Justice Department is also ramping up hiring of antitrust trial lawyers, filling vacancies across the country.

In addition to Ferris, Freshfields has brought on former DOJ antitrust lawyers Eric Mahr, Julie Elmer and Andy Ewalt.

“We’re seeing more and more global deals and that clients need expertise across jurisdictions,” said Bruce McCulloch, US head of antitrust, competition and trade at Freshfields.

Ferris, a partner in the firm’s US antitrust, competition and trade practice, represents companies in sectors including technology and semiconductors in matters before the Federal Trade Commission and DOJ.

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