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March 31, 2004
March 31, 2004 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling partner Thomas O. Barnett has been appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Barnett will oversee three of the Antitrust Division's civil sections.
The announcement of Mr. Barnett's new role was made earlier today by R. Hewitt Pate, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department's Antitrust Division.
"Tom has been an outstanding partner in our firm," said Stuart Stock, chair of Covington's management committee. "We are sorry to see him go, but I know he will make a very strong contribution to the work of the Antitrust Division."
Most recently, Mr. Barnett was vice-chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection practice group at the firm. During his more than 13 years at Covington, he advised Fortune 500 companies on mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, intellectual property, e-commerce, distribution, and other antitrust issues. Mr. Barnett's practice also has included federal election campaign finance and sports law.
"Tom will be an excellent addition to the leadership of the Antitrust Division," said James R. Atwood, chair of Covington's antitrust group. "He has a combination of judgment, experience, and talent that is hard to match."
Covington partner David Meyer will be succeeding Mr. Barnett as vice-chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection practice group. Mr. Meyer joins partner Ted Voorhees in this capacity.