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US: AT&T Hires former Trump lawyer to defend itself in DoJ suit

 |  November 16, 2017

The telecom giant AT&T has hired notable media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, a one-time defender of President Donald Trump, to represent the company, should the Department of Justice (DOJ) file a lawsuit attempting to block its acquisition of Time Warner.

Petrocelli will act as the lead trial counsel for both AT&T and Time Warner should the lawsuit come to fruition, AT&T confirmed to TheStreet.

AT&T first agreed to buy Time Warner last October for US$85.4 billion and has since been thrust into a lengthy regulatory process attempting to finalize the deal.

One hurdle the telecom company must clear is the DOJ, which is expected to levy an antitrust suit attempting to block the deal.

Petrocelli is a partner at the Los Angeles-based law firm O’Melveny & Myers. The firm has previously represented large media corporations including Walt Disney and Time Warner. The firm also defended Donald Trump against fraud allegations related to Trump University.

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