Rita Sinkfield Belin advises clients on a variety of issues arising from and related to the application of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and the review process required to obtain federal antitrust approval before consummating proposed mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations.


Ms. Belin works closely with clients to develop and execute an efficient, compliant and complete filing strategy that ultimately receives federal clearance. Representing a broad array of industries throughout the world, her clients have included Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.; Aioi Insurance Company Limited; American Express Company; Apple, Inc.; Ball Corporation; BlackRock, Inc.; Bear Stearns; Broadcom Corporation; CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V.; CF Industries, Inc.; Citigroup Inc.; Doughty Hanson; EMC Corporation; Express Scripts, Inc.; Fresenius SE; J. C. Penney Company, Inc.; Knight Capital Group, Inc.; McKesson Corporation; M&F Worldwide Corp.; Novell, Inc.; Oaktree/Pierre Foods, Inc.; OAO Severstal; O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.; SanDisk Corporation; Sekisui Chemical Company; Stryker Corporation; TOMY Corporation; UST Inc.; The Veritas Capital Fund IV; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company; and Yahoo! Inc.

In addition, Ms. Belin assists with updating the leading treatise on the HSR rules and applications, Acquisitions Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. She also serves as a member of the editorial board for the Antitrust Source, which is the online antitrust publication for the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. Ms. Belin is a member of several bar associations, including the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. She also co-writes the firm’s client materials regarding regulatory developments in the HSR legal community.



  • J.D., Howard University School of Law, 1995 (cum laude; Technical Editor, Howard University Law Journal)
  • B.A., Spelman College, 1991


  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Rita Sinkfield Belin