John Graubert

John D. Graubert

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5938



  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1981
    • American Criminal Law Review, Articles & Notes Editor
    • Law Fellow, Barristers' Council (Instructor in Legal Research and Writing)
  • Williams College, B.A., 1978
    • cum laude

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. J. M. Ingraham, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981-1982

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

John Graubert is a partner in the firm’s Washington office.  He has more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of antitrust and consumer law matters including merger and non-merger government investigations and enforcement actions, private antitrust litigation, and counseling in the US and in conjunction with the firm’s counsel in Europe and Beijing.  In recent years his practice has concentrated on Federal Trade Commission proceedings in both competition and consumer protection areas, as well as matters concerning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Mr. Graubert is co-chair of the firm’s Advertising and Consumer Law practice group and an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

From 1998-2008, Mr. Graubert served as Principal Deputy General Counsel (including short stints as Acting General Counsel) at the Federal Trade Commission.  At the FTC, Mr. Graubert managed all litigation, legal counsel, policy studies, and administrative functions within the Office of General Counsel.  He also advised the Commission and agency staff on antitrust and consumer protection matters and administrative law.  He was involved in dozens of litigated matters for the Commission, including FTC v. Swedish Match, et al. (D.D.C. 2000) and FTC v. Schering-Plough, et al. (11th Cir. 2005).  Mr. Graubert received the A. Leon Higginbotham Award and the Award for Distinguished Service.

Representative Matters

  • Co-lead counsel for POM Wonderful in FTC litigation challenging advertising.
  • Counsel for PharMerica Corporation as target in hostile cash tender offer challenged by FTC.
  • Successful resolution of numerous FTC competition and consumer protection investigations.

Previous Experience

  • Federal Trade Commission, Principal Deputy General Counsel (1998-2008)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor, Global Competition Law and Policy (2003-present)

Honors and Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust (2015-2016)
  • Legal 500 US, Media, Technology & Telecoms - Marketing & Advertising (2013-2015)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation and Consumer Law (2013-2015)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section (Vice Chair, Federal Civil Enforcement Committee (2011-2014); Advertising Disputes & Litigation Committee (2014-present))

Publications and Speeches

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