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SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – Davis Wright Tremaine has expanded its nationally recognized antitrust practice with the addition of Douglas Litvack, who joins the firm from Jones Day as a partner in our Washington, D.C., office.

Mr. Litvack’s practice focuses on defending transactions before federal antitrust enforcement agencies and state attorneys general, as well as antitrust litigation and counseling. He has represented clients across a variety of industries, with particular experience in health care and life sciences, consumer products, and aerospace and defense.

Mr. Litvack started his career as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in the Bureau of Competition, Mergers IV Division, where he played a key role in several antitrust investigations and merger enforcement litigations. He left the FTC in 2014 for private practice, where he successfully defended numerous client transactions before government antitrust authorities and in litigation.

“Doug will provide our clients with candid, rigorous, practical advice on the antitrust risk of transactions or conduct, based on his years of work at the FTC and in private practice,” said Douglas Ross, senior lawyer on the Davis Wright Tremaine antitrust practice team. “We look forward to bringing his creative strategies to our clients to help achieve their goals.”

DWT’s antitrust team is widely recognized for excellence and expertise, particularly in the health care arena. The group has served as antitrust counsel to clients such as the University of Washington, Providence St. Joseph, PeaceHealth, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Legacy Health in major transactions throughout the West. The team has advocated, in court filings and to regulators, on behalf of the American Hospital Association in high-profile matters such as the antitrust battles triggered by proposed health insurer mega-mergers.

During Mr. Litvack’s time at the FTC, he participated in several successful merger enforcement litigations and analyzed the competitive impact of health care and consumer product transactions. In 2013, he served as a key trial team member in the FTC’s 18-day trial and victory in FTC, et al. v. St. Luke's Health System, Inc., et al. He also received several awards for his outstanding contributions to the FTC’s merger enforcement program, including the Stephen Nye Award, the FTC’s highest honor for a young lawyer.

Since moving to private practice, Mr. Litvack has helped clients in a variety of industries navigate complex antitrust issues and obtain regulatory clearance or avoid litigation. For example:

  • He helped Cabell Huntington Hospital win a nearly two-year fight with the FTC for clearance to acquire St. Mary’s Medical Center, Inc., the only other health system in Huntington, West Virginia.
  • He helped Minnesota-based CentraCare Health successfully assert the “failing firm” defense and obtain antitrust clearance, through a consent decree with the FTC, to acquire St. Cloud Medical Group.
  • He assisted The Carlyle Group in obtaining antitrust clearance through a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice for the $2 billion sale of its affiliate, Landmark Aviation, to BBA / Signature Aviation.

Mr. Litvack earned his B.A. at Colgate University and his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.

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