Thomas Leary rejoined Hogan & Hartson in February 2006 after six years as a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He brings 50 years of experience to the firm as an antitrust lawyer with a practice that focuses on high-profile antitrust, international competition, trade regulation, and consumer protection matters for a wide range of clients.
As an FTC Commissioner, Tom’s opinions, articles, and speeches made original contributions on a variety of issues, such as the application of the antitrust laws to the health care industry, the antitrust/intellectual property interface, the consistent enforcement of the merger laws, and the common roots of competition and consumer protection law. He also represented the FTC in policy discussions with competition authorities from a number of countries, including China and Russia. Tom testified before Congress several times on privacy and security issues. He has received both the Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime FTC Achievement and an award for Lifetime Contributions to Antitrust and Regulatory Policy from The American Antitrust Institute.
Before he joined the FTC, Tom was a partner with Hogan & Hartson from 1983 to 1999. Earlier, he was a partner in a major New York law firm and Assistant General Counsel of General Motors with overall responsibility for antitrust, consumer protection, and commercial law matters. During that time, he tried major cases in the federal district courts and the FTC, regularly handled appeals in the federal courts of appeals and U.S. Supreme Court, and represented clients in numerous state and federal/congressional matters. He also counseled corporations on all areas of antitrust and trade regulation law.
Tom gave more than 100 speeches while at the FTC and has published extensively about antitrust law, attorney client privilege, corporate compliance programs, and other problems of corporate practice in various trade publications. While in law school, he was an editor and an officer of the Harvard Law Review. Tom also served as an air intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Hogan Lovells Publications
20 April 2010
"New Merger Guidelines Emphasize Flexibility." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
12 August 2008
"FTC Victory in Whole Foods/Wild Oats Merger." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
30 June 2008
"New Antitrust & Competition Insight Mergermarket Report - Issue 10." mergermarket
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