Boies Schiller antitrust veteran jumps to FTC as senior trial counsel

  • Abby Dennis had lead function on Boies Schiller workforce suing Google
  • She was previously hiring companion in agency’s Washington, D.C., workplace

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(Reuters) – A longtime antitrust lawyer at Boies Schiller Flexner in Washington, D.C., has left the agency to be part of the Federal Trade Commission, increasing the company’s litigation ranks and including to a wave of companion defections from the regulation agency since final yr.

Abby Dennis, a Boies Schiller lawyer for 12 years and a companion since 2016, joined the FTC earlier this month as a senior trial counsel, in accordance to notices filed in courtroom on Wednesday. Her arrival on the company comes amid a surge in proposed company transactions and as antitrust regulators have vowed to ramp up enforcement exercise.

Dennis is departing a lead role on the Boies Schiller workforce representing publishers suing Google Inc for alleged anticompetitive advertising-related practices. In a submitting within the case, Boies Schiller companion Philip Korologos mentioned the agency will stay interim co-lead counsel for the writer class within the multidistrict litigation in Manhattan federal district courtroom. Google has denied violating antitrust regulation.

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Dennis, whose antitrust shoppers have included United HealthCare Services and Delta Air Lines, didn’t instantly return a message in search of touch upon Wednesday. A spokesperson for FTC additionally didn’t instantly reply to a message in search of remark.

Boies Schiller managing companions known as Dennis’ departure “bittersweet news for the firm,” in accordance to an inside electronic mail seen by Reuters. “Abby has made significant contributions to many of the firm’s high-profile antitrust cases in particular,” the message mentioned.

Dennis joined the FTC competitors bureau’s litigation group, led by chief trial counsel Jennifer Milici, one other former Boies Schiller lawyer who joined the company in 2014.

The FTC’s most up-to-date finances request sought further sources for the competitors bureau’s litigation divisions given “the high level of merger activity and litigation volume.”

Major U.S. regulation corporations in latest months have moved to develop their antitrust benches to meet demand sparked by the Biden administration’s enforcement agenda.

Founded in 1997 by famed trial lawyer David Boies, Boies Schiller has misplaced not less than 60 companions for the reason that begin of 2020. Last week, Natasha Harrison, a managing companion of the agency primarily based in London, mentioned she’s going to depart to begin a boutique.

Boies Schiller lately opened an workplace in Milan, Itay, that was billed as the hub of the agency’s European operations.

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Boies Schiller Flexner offices in Washington, D.C. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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Boies Schiller Flexner offices in Washington, D.C. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly