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Jesse Gurman is an associate in the firm's Washington, DC office, practicing in the antitrust, litigation and investigations, and advertising and consumer law groups. He represents media, internet, technology, consumer brands, financial services, and other companies in merger reviews and criminal and civil regulatory investigations, and provides counseling and compliance advice on competition, consumer protection, and other public policy issues.

From 2013-2017, Mr. Gurman served as Deputy Associate Counsel and Deputy Staff Secretary in the White House, where he vetted senior political appointees throughout the Executive Branch and oversaw the legal and policy review of all legislation, Executive Orders, and other policy proposals submitted for President Obama's approval. He worked daily with senior members of the White House Counsel's Office, National Economic Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and National Security Council staff.

  • Advise technology, consumer brands, and other clients on competitive issues raised by mergers, pricing, and other conduct.
  • Advise financial services, technology, and other clients on FTC advertising and consumer protection investigations and compliance.
  • Representation of Northrop Grumman in FTC review of its acquisition of aerospace and defense technology company Orbital ATK.
  • Representation of a financial institution in criminal antitrust investigation.
  • Antitrust counseling for a FinTech joint venture.
  • Assist in preparation of reports by Covington partners serving as experts in antitrust and white collar litigations.
  • Representation of Expedia in connection with Google/ITA transaction and in FairSearch.org.
  • Represented major electronics company in federal antitrust litigation relating to patent licensing.
  • Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Eli Lilly and Company - Counsel for Lilly in defeating motion for preliminary injunction in S.D. Cal. and in affirmance on appeal in Ninth Circuit.
  • Vandenberg v. ARAMARK Educational Services, Inc. et al. - Counsel for ARAMARK in successful motion to dismiss all claims in Jefferson, Ala. Circuit Court and in affirmance on appeal in Ala. Supreme Court.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of Alabama death row inmate in federal habeas proceedings.
  • Research and analysis for National Redistricting Foundation. 
  • Represented Maryland resident in appeal of robbery conviction.
  • Represented National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as amicus curiae in U.S. Supreme Court appeals.
  • Represented DC inmates in federal custody in remedial parole hearings following Sellmon v. Reilly decision.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
    • Senior Editor, Competition Laws Outside the United States (2d ed. 2011)

Previous Experience

  • The White House, Executive Office of the President
    • Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary (2014-2017)
    • Associate Staff Secretary (2014)
    • Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel (2013-2014)  
  • Joe Kennedy for Congress, Policy Advisor (2012)
  • Research Assistant in Economic Studies, Brookings Institution (2004-2006)