A Department of Justice official has left the agency for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington office.
Joshua Soven, formerly chief of a litigation section within DOJ's Antitrust Division, joins the firm's antitrust and trade regulation practice as a partner. At his most recent post, which he held since 2007, Soven oversaw 25 attorneys responsible for investigations and prosecutions involving merger and non-merger antitrust violations. The matters included the insurance, health care, consumer products, paper and dairy industries. Soven recently oversaw the divestiture requirements of Humana Inc.'s acquisition of Arcadian Management Services.
Prior to joining the DOJ, Soven worked for three years at the Federal Trade Commission as an attorney advisor to Deborah Platt Majoras, then the chair of the FTC. He advised on antitrust enforcement and policy matters.
In an interview, Soven said he was attracted to the firm's strong antitrust practice. "My plan is to have a broad-based practice which focuses on representing companies in a wide sector of industries, as well as a substantial antitrust litigation practice," he said.