Two days after her confirmation to head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, former Hogan & Hartson partner Christine Varney’s leadership team is already lined up -- including her chief of staff, four deputy assistant attorneys general, and a special counsel for Competition Policy. Two deputies will oversee civil matters, one will oversee economic analysis, and another will oversee international, policy and appellate issues.
See their bios, supplied by the Justice Department, after the jump.
Sharis Arnold Pozen, chief of staff and counsel: Before she came to the Department in February 2009, Pozen was a partner at Hogan & Hartson’s Antitrust, Competition, and Consumer Protection Group where she worked from 1995 to February 2009, on a variety of antitrust matters in the technology and healthcare industries, and served as practice group director for the Washington, D.C. office. She has counseled clients on a wide range of antitrust and consumer protection matters as well as issues pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and trade association matters. Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Pozen worked for five years at the Federal Trade Commission as an attorney advisor to then Commissioners Varney and Yao, as assistant to the director of the Bureau of Competition, and as staff attorney. Pozen received her B.A. from Connecticut College in 1986 and her J.D. from Washington University in 1989.
Molly Boast, deputy assistant attorney general for civil matters: Boast, who is expected to arrive at the Department in May, is a seasoned antitrust veteran with extensive antitrust and management experience. Since 2001, she has been a partner at the New York law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, where she leads the antitrust practice group. From July 1999 to June 2001, Boast was senior deputy director and director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. During that time, she had management responsibility for merger and civil nonmerger Commission litigation and investigations, and has experience in competition issues in the energy and pharmaceuticals industries. Boast also served as the FTC’s representative to the European Community/FTC/Department of Justice Mergers Working Group. From 1987 to 1999, she worked at the New York law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae where she was head of the Litigation Department and a member of the firms’ Steering Committee. She has served in various positions within the American Bar Association’s Sections of Antitrust and Litigation. Boast received her B.A. in 1970 from the College of William and Mary, her M.S. in 1971 from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and her J.D. in 1979 from the Columbia University School of Law.
William Cavanaugh Jr., deputy assistant attorney general for civil Matters: Cavanaugh, who is expected to arrive at the department in May, is a highly experienced and lauded antitrust litigator. Since 1985, Cavanaugh has been with the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler, where he has served as the firm’s Co-Chair, Chair of the Litigation Department and a litigation partner since 1991. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in complex antitrust, patent and commercial matters. From 1981 to 1985, Cavanaugh was a litigation associate handling complex product liability, insurance coverage and general commercial matters at the New York law firm of Rivkin Radler. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, was named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Antitrust Law and Commercial Litigation, and was named as one of New York’s “Super Lawyers” for Antitrust Litigation. He received his B.S. in 1977, from St. John’s University and his J.D. in 1980 from St. John’s University School of Law.
Carl Shapiro, deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis: Shapiro, who arrived at the Department in March, is a leading scholar in economics and brings to the department a wealth of experience on issues, including patents, intellectual property and licensing, network economics, and unilateral effects in mergers. Shapiro is taking a leave of absence from the University of California at Berkeley, where he is transamerica professor of business strategy in the Haas School of Business and a professor of economics. He has been at the Haas School of Business since 1990. Shapiro was previously the Antitrust Division’s economics deputy from August 1995 to June 1996, where he provided economic analysis on a variety of antitrust cases, including Microsoft, NASDAQ and several mergers. Shapiro had been a senior consultant with CRA International, an economic consulting company. He was vice-chair of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s Economics Committee from 1995 to 1998. Shapiro taught at the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Economics at Princeton University for 10 years. He has published one book, “Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy,” and numerous articles in the areas of industrial organization, competition policy, patents, network economics and the economics of innovation and competitive strategy. Shapiro received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1981. He also earned B.S. degrees in mathematics and economics from MIT as well as an M.A. in mathematics from UC Berkeley.
Philip Weiser, deputy assistant attorney general for international, policy and appellate matters: Weiser, who is expected to arrive at the department in July, is an Antitrust Division veteran, and is currently a professor and associate dean for research at the University of Colorado, where he has taught since January 1999, in the School of Law and in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. During his tenure at the Department, Weiser will be on a leave of absence from the University of Colorado. Weiser has also served as a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law (2008) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (2006). From August 2001 to June 2002, he was a Law and Public Affairs Program Fellow at Princeton University, one of only six law professors selected as a scholar-in-residence. Weiser is the founder and executive director of Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, which focuses on spurring interdisciplinary engagement, facilitating community outreach, and supporting interest in the intersection of technology, policy and business. From September 1996 to August 1998, Weiser was a senior counsel to Joel Klein, assistant attorney general of the department’s Antitrust Division, where he advised Klein on antitrust policy in the telecommunications industry as well as participated in civil investigations. He served this fall as the lead agency reviewer of the FTC for the presidential transition team, serves as the co-Chair of the Colorado Innovation Council, was a special master for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and was a special counsel to Cablevision Systems Corporation. Weiser clerked for Justices Byron R. White (Ret.) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court from September 1995 to August 1996. He also clerked for Judge David M. Ebel, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, from September 1994 to August 1995. He has published two books and numerous articles on and has regularly taught in the areas of competition policy and technology law. Weiser graduated with high honors from Swarthmore College in 1990 and with high honors from the New York University School of Law in 1994.
Gene Kimmelman, chief counsel for competition policy and Intergovernmental Relations: Kimmelman, who arrived at the department in April, was most recently vice president for Federal and International Affairs at Consumers Union (CU). During his tenure at CU, from 1995 to 2009, he directed CU’s federal and international policy programs. Kimmelman has extensive knowledge of deregulation, market structure and consumer protection issues. He is a recognized expert in a wide variety of areas, including telecommunications, Internet/media policy, product liability and antitrust law. He has represented consumers during the break up of AT&T, consideration of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, major media and telecommunications mergers, and at numerous congressional hearings. Prior to his employment at CU, from 1993 to 1995, Kimmelman served as chief counsel and staff director for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Previous to that, from 1984 to 1993, he was legislative director for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) where he directed their legislative and regulatory programs. In 1981, he began his career as a staff attorney for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. Kimmelman received his B.A. from Brown University in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1981. He studied in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow at Copenhagen University’s graduate program on the public sector.