SOURCE: King & Spalding

King & Spalding

November 07, 2011 09:50 ET

Former DOJ Antitrust Official Joins King & Spalding

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - Donna N. Kooperstein, a 32-year veteran of the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined King & Spalding as senior counsel in Washington, D.C., the firm announced today. Kooperstein joins King & Spalding's antitrust practice from the Department of Justice, where she most recently served as chief of the antitrust division's transportation, energy and agriculture section.

"Donna's tenure at the Justice Department and her extensive experience handling antitrust matters related to the transportation, energy and agriculture sectors give our practice additional depth and increase our capacity to help our clients in their antitrust matters in general and especially in DOJ-related matters," said Jeffrey S. Spigel, leader of King & Spalding's antitrust practice. "We are pleased to welcome Donna to our team."

At the Department of Justice, Kooperstein supervised many high-profile matters, including the litigation challenging JBS's proposed acquisition of National Beef; the successful effort in the KeySpan financial derivative case to obtain judicial endorsement of disgorgement as a Sherman Act remedy; and the lawsuit and settlement involving the proposed $27 billion Exelon/Public Service Enterprise Group electricity merger. She also played a key role in the department's civil price-fixing suit against the major domestic airlines, U.S. v. Airline Tariff Publishing Co. In addition, Kooperstein supervised numerous investigations and cases in the oilfield services, agricultural biotech, railroad and maritime sectors, as well as the department's competition advocacy activities before the Department of Transportation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Federal Maritime Commission.

Kooperstein received a J.D. degree, with high honors, from Rutgers University School of Law, and a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.

"I am excited to join the talented lawyers in King & Spalding's antitrust practice and look forward to advising our clients in a variety of industries on key legal and policy issues affecting them," Kooperstein said.

King & Spalding's global competition/antitrust practice, recognized by Chambers Global 2011, prides itself on developing individualized, solution-oriented advice on all aspects of antitrust law, including complex civil litigation and criminal proceedings, government investigations, merger analysis and agency approval and business counseling. The firm regularly represents clients in complicated antitrust matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, European Commission, state attorneys general and other key competition authorities around the world, drawing on extensive enforcement authority experience and private practice expertise to guide clients safely and successfully through all phases of civil and criminal enforcement actions and merger investigations.

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