Thomas Barnett

Thomas O. Barnett

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5407



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
    • magna cum laude
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc., 1986
    • Fulbright Scholar
  • Yale University, B.A., 1985
    • summa cum laude

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Harrison L. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1989-1990

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Thomas Barnett is a partner in the Washington, DC office and co-chair of the firm's Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group. Mr. Barnett served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. He headed the Antitrust Division from 2005 to 2008, having previously served in the Division as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement from 2004 to 2005. He specializes in global antitrust and competition law practice and works closely with the firm’s white collar practice on criminal antitrust enforcement and investigative matters.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of Facebook in obtaining merger review clearance for acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram.
  • Representation of Expedia in its acquisition of Orbitz.
  • Representation of Merck in obtaining clearance from Federal Trade Commission for its $41 billion merger with Schering-Plough.
  • In re: On-Line Travel Company (OTC)/Hotel Booking Antitrust Litig., (multidistrict litigation) - Counsel for Expedia in obtaining dismissal of all claims in MDL litigation.
  • Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Eli Lilly and Company (Southern District of California) - Counsel for Lilly in defeating motion for preliminary injunction and in affirmance on appeal.    

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
    • Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2004-2005)
    • Acting Assistant Attorney General (2005-2006)
    • Assistant Attorney General (2006-2008)

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers USA, Antitrust (2011-2015)
  • Chambers Global, Competition/Antitrust (2014-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust (2013-2014)
  • The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (2014)
  • Legal 500 US, Recognized for Antitrust (2010-2015)
  • Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, National Star - Antitrust and State Star for DC (2013-2014)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions (2014-2015)
  • Washingtonian, Antitrust "Top Lawyer" (2013)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

Publications and Speeches

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