Hill Wellford advises clients in antitrust matters, especially U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and foreign government enforcement at the intersection of technology, patents and competition. His practice is international, with active matters in the Americas, Asia and Europe. He is recognized by Chambers USA and described by sources as a “really very strong” younger partner who is “one to watch.”
Prior to joining Bingham, Hill was chief of staff at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the full range of criminal, merger, civil conduct and international work by the Antitrust Division’s 400-plus lawyers and economists. Before becoming chief of staff, Hill served as a counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, as a trial attorney and as a counsel in the Antitrust Division’s Legal Policy Section. He worked extensively with other components of the broader Department of Justice — including the DOJ Intellectual Property Task Force from 2004 to 2009 — and the FTC and other U.S. and foreign government agencies.
Hill’s experience includes mergers and acquisitions; criminal investigations; civil conduct challenges; and jury, bench and administrative trials. He also litigated patent and other intellectual property cases earlier in his career, and he is a recognized authority on the interplay between the antitrust and IP laws.
Hill’s counseling practice covers all aspects of antitrust law and many issues of related consumer protection law. He has taught and lectured widely on antitrust and technology issues, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has taught antitrust seminars to businesses, lawyers at the Department of Justice, U.S. agencies, foreign officials, and a formal course at Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a longtime leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust and currently serves as chair of the ABA’s Federal Civil Enforcement Committee.