Hill Wellford advises clients in antitrust matters, especially U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and foreign agency enforcement that intersects with technology, standard-setting, pharmaceuticals or patents. His practice is international, with active matters in the Americas, Asia and Europe. He is a longtime leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust, where he serves on the section’s governing council and is the immediate past chair of the Federal Civil Enforcement Committee. He is recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field, and recently was described by its sources as a “really very strong” partner who is “one to watch.”
Prior to joining Bingham, Hill was chief of staff at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the full range of cartel, 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, FCC, DOT, FERC, USTR and other U.S. and foreign agencies.
Hill’s experience includes mergers and acquisitions; criminal investigations; civil conduct challenges; and jury, bench and administrative trials. In addition to representing clients before the agencies, he has served as counsel to agency-appointed trustees overseeing merger divestitures. 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.