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 has more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of complex antitrust and consumer law matters. Mr. Graubert came to the firm after serving for ten years as Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Graubert is co-chair of the firm’s Advertising and Consumer Law practice group, an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and a vice-chair of the Advertising Disputes and Litigation Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section.

Representative Matters

  • Co-lead counsel for POM Wonderful in FTC litigation challenging health claims in advertising.
  • Negotiated consent orders with FTC (e.g. Graco, Inc. (2013; 2015); Jason Pharmaceuticals (2012)), and CFPB (e.g. GE Capital; (2013) PRA LLC (2015)).
  • Counsel for PharMerica Corporation as target in hostile cash tender offer challenged by FTC.
  • Successful resolution of numerous non-public 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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