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Ilene Knable Gotts



Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
New York, N.Y.

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A member of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's Antitrust Department, Ilene Knable Gotts represents and counsels clients on a range of antitrust matters, particularly those relating to mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Gotts began her career as a staff attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission in conduct and merger investigations. In 1995, Ms. Gotts served as the President of the Washington Council of Lawyers. She was the Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the Federal Bar Association from 1995-1997 and Chair of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association in 2005-2006.  An active participant in the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association, Ms. Gotts is currently the Chair. She previously served as the International Officer and on the Council. 

Ms. Gotts serves on the advisory boards of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report, Antitrust Counselor, and Antitrust Report and on the Board of Legal Advisors of Legal Momentum, the National Law Alumni Board of Georgetown University Law Center, the Advisory Board of Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute and Counsel’s Council of Lincoln Center.


  • B.A.., University of Maryland, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laud, 1984

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