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Position(s): Senior Counsel, Baker Botts Washington, D.C. Experience & Areas of Interest: James Rill is one of America's foremost antitrust attorneys. Mr. Rill has served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, as well as a chairman of the ABA's Antitrust Section. During his tenure as Assistant Attorney General, he negotiated the US-European Union Antitrust Cooperation Agreement of 1991 and issued the first joint FTC and DOJ Horizontal Merger Guidelines in 1992. He was responsible, moreover, for initiating the largest number of merger challenges in over a decade, including challenges to major bank mergers and airline asset transactions. In 1997, Mr. Rill was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno and Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein to serve as Co-Chair on the US Department of Justice's International Competition Policy Advisory Committee, with a mandate to recommend future policy initiatives to the Department of Justice. The recommendations in the Committee's report, submitted in February 2000, are being pursued in the US and overseas. Until April 2000, Mr. Rill was Senior Partner and Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott. He joined Howrey in 2000, where he was engaged in an active and diverse antitrust practice, appearing before federal competition agencies. In March, 2011, Mr. Rill joined Baker Botts.In addition to representation of clients before the US antitrust agencies, Mr. Rill represents clients in matters before many overseas agencies including the Competition Directorate of the European Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, the French Conseil de la Concurrence, the Japan Fair Trade Commission and the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission. In addition, Mr. Rill has frequently testified before Congressional committees for various clients. Mr. Rill is also very active in professional organizations relating to competition policy and is currently Chair of the Competition Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Education: Harvard Law School (LLB, 1959) Dartmouth College (AB, 1954)  

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