A principal focus of Paul B. Hewitt’s practice is providing antitrust and Hart-Scott-Rodino representation regarding mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.In addition, Paul has engaged extensively in private litigation and counseling regarding a wide spectrum of antitrust issues.
He has provided antitrust representation in hundreds of transactions involving a broad range of industries and products including oil, natural gas and NGL extraction, processing, refining, transportation and storage, electricity generation, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, health care services, construction materials, agricultural processing and retail food products, shipping, computer software, intellectual property, motion picture exhibition, commodity trading, defense contracting, advertising, and waste management.
Paul served as the long-time head of the firm’s U.S. antitrust and competition practice. Prior to private practice, he served as a trial attorney with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Competition, where he principally litigated merger and monopolization cases.
From 2012 to 2015, Paul was chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Mergers & Acquisitions Committee. During this period, the Committee produced the Premerger Notification Practice Manual,(5th Edition, 2015) and Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding the Antitrust Issues (4th Edition, 2015.) He previously served as the vice-chair of the Committee, responsible for all publications including the M&A newsletter, The Threshold.
- Represented a hospital group charged with antitrust conspiracy and monopolization in the Northern District of Indiana and secured Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal, with prejudice, of plaintiff’s entire antitrust case.
- Litigated an Eastern District of Pennsylvania Hatch-Waxman patent settlement case.
- Litigated a Southern District of New York purported price fixing and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) case brought against a large investment fund group.
- Served as one of the principal trial defense counsel to major agribusiness corporation in one of the longest-running Clayton Act Section 7 cases ever brought by the U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Division. After nine years of litigation, including a two-month trial on the merits, the court dismissed the government’s complaint, and the government did not appeal.
- Advised parties in numerous multi-billion-dollar merger and acquisition transactions investigated by the FTC and U.S. Department of Justice.
- Counsels large hedge and equity funds regarding Hart-Scott-Rodino and substantive merger review matters.
- More than 40 years of experience litigating and advising on complex, high-stakes antitrust matters.
- Former long-time head of Akin Gump s U.S. antitrust and competition practice.
- Member of American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Section’s governing Council and former Chair of the Section’s Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.
- Member, governing Council, ABA Antitrust Section.
- Member, ABA Litigation Section.
- J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School,cum laude, 1974
- B.A., Northwestern University, 1971
- Wisconsin Supreme Court
- District of Columbia
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