Sharis A. Pozen
Antitrust and Competition
Sharis A. Pozen joined Skadden as a leader in the antitrust and competition practice after serving in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as acting assistant attorney general of the Antitrust Division. Ms. Pozen advises clients on a broad spectrum of antitrust issues related to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, criminal investigations and counseling across national and multinational industries — including technology and telecommunications, health care and pharmaceutical, energy, financial services, transportation and agriculture. Ms. Pozen utilizes her extensive government and private practice experience to assist clients on some of their most complex antitrust, competition and distribution issues, and is one of the few antitrust practitioners who has served in high-level positions at both the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission.
While serving as acting assistant attorney general at the DOJ, Ms. Pozen led many high-profile matters and worked extensively with leaders of international antitrust authorities. Most recently, she oversaw the DOJ’s successful efforts in blocking AT&T’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile and played a crucial role in one of the division’s most notable litigation victories by securing an injunction stopping H&R Block’s acquisition of TaxAct. She also oversaw several criminal antitrust matters, including the successful investigation and prosecution of criminal price fixing activity in the autoparts industry — the largest criminal matter in the division’s history. Additionally, she has represented the U.S. on international competition issues on behalf of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Competition Network.
Previous to her DOJ experience, Ms. Pozen was a partner at a major Washington, D.C.-based firm, where she served as a director of the firm’s Antitrust Group. Her practice focused on antitrust issues and trade regulation across a broad spectrum of industries. She began her professional career at the Federal Trade Commission, where she held several positions, including attorney adviser to two Commissioners, assistant to the director of the Bureau of Competition and staff attorney.
Ms. Pozen has been profiled as a leading antitrust attorney in the past two issues (2009 and 2013) of Global Competition Review’s “Women in Antitrust” report. She also was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 and in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2013 “Best Lawyers” list.
J.D., Washington University Law School in St. Louis, 1989
B.A., Connecticut College, 1986
Acting Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (2011-2012)
Chief of Staff and Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (2009-2011)
Attorney Adviser to Commissioners Dennis Yao and Christine Varney, Assistant to the Director of the Bureau of Competition, Staff Attorney in the Merger Litigation Division; U.S. Federal Trade Commission (1989-1995)
“Cartels: Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions (USA),” Global Legal Group Ltd., December 2012
“Agriculture and Antitrust: Dispatches and Learning From the Workshops on Competition in Agriculture,” Antitrust magazine, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, Spring 2012
“Insights Into Antitrust Enforcement in Media Industries,” Competition Law International, January 2012