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Richard Parker


Rich Parker is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office and Chair of the Firm's Antitrust and Competition Practice. He has extensive experience in antitrust matters both before the enforcement agencies and in the courts. After Rich served as lead trial counsel and negotiated a very favorable settlement for US Airways that resolved the DOJ’s attempt to block the airline’s merger with American Airlines, Global Competition Review recognized him as “Litigator of the Week” and said that, “[i]f O’Melveny & Myers partner Rich Parker wasn’t already the most famous antitrust litigator in America, he probably is now.” Global Competition Review also named the litigation “Antitrust Matter of the Year” and selected Rich as a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Rich returned to the Firm in February 2001 after three years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). During his tenure as Director of the Bureau of Competition, he oversaw the investigations of the Exxon-Mobil, BP Amoco - ARCO, and AOL - Time Warner mergers. During his tenure as Senior Deputy Director, Rich was co-lead counsel for the FTC in obtaining a federal court injunction against the mergers of both Cardinal Health with Bergen Brunswig and McKesson with AmeriSource Health. After his return to O'Melveny, Rich, on behalf of Triton Coal, led a successful defense of the Arch Coal – Triton Coal merger against the FTC in federal court. 

Rich is both a trial lawyer and an antitrust regulatory lawyer. He has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including criminal, merger, and government civil investigations, as well as class action litigation. He regularly represents clients before the FTC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on mergers, conduct investigations, criminal matters, and policy issues.

Rich has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Antitrust by many publications, including Chambers USA, which lists him in its prestigious Tier 1 ranking in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions and has noted that he is “acknowledged by all corners of the market as ‘a tremendous antitrust lawyer’ who can both litigate and handle deals;” Chambers Global, which has said that he is “renowned for being a phenomenal litigator;” the Legal Times; Global Competition Review; Legal 500 USA; Benchmark Litigation; International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America©; Lawdragon; and Super Lawyers Magazine, which listed him as one of only three antitrust lawyers on Super Lawyers’ “Top 100 Washington, DC Lawyers” in 2012 and 2010.

In addition, Rich was nominated for the 2009 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Antitrust; was listed in both 2009 and 2011 in Washingtonian magazine’s biennial "Washington's Best Lawyers" list in the antitrust category; and was highlighted as one of Law360’s “10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys," published in August 2010.

Illustrative Professional Experience

  • Represented companies and individuals in criminal antitrust investigations in chemicals, air travel, consumer goods, technology and health care industries
  • Represented Honeywell International in MDL proceedings involving alleged price fixing in the auto parts industry
  • Represented Agrium in MDL proceedings involving alleged price fixing in the potash industry
  • Represented Asiana Airlines, Inc. in two MDL actions involving direct and indirect purchaser classes of air passengers and air cargo services
  • Represented DeGussa A.G. in class actions alleging price fixing in the carbon black and hydrogen peroxide industries
  • Representing Honeywell International in class actions involving alleged monopolization of the sale of certain thermostats and alleged price fixing of auto parts
  • Represented ExxonMobil in class actions involving alleged sharing of salary information
  • Representing Capital One in treble damage litigation involving the interchange fee
  • Representing Hertz in a class action litigation alleging price fixing in California
  • Represented eBay in class actions alleging monopolization and illegal tying
  • Represented United Airlines in antitrust class actions involving computer reservation systems
  • Represented Triton Coal in successful defense of its merger with Arch Coal in a trial against the FTC in federal district court
  • Represented Quest Diagnostics and Unilab in obtaining FTC approval of their merger
  • Represented Avant! in obtaining approval of its merger with Synopsys before the FTC
  • Represented Univision in connection with DOJ review of its merger with Hispanic Broadcast Corporation
  • Represented Honeywell before the FTC in the sale of its friction materials business to Federal Mogul
  • Represented CIGNA in the Insurance Antitrust Litigation, involving a multiplicity of suits by state attorneys general and private plaintiffs alleging violation of the antitrust laws
  • Represented Lockheed Corporation in its merger with Martin Marietta, and in its acquisition of the Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics
  • Represented Fresenius A.G. in its acquisition of the dialysis business of National Medical Care, Inc.
  • Represented both domestic and multi-national companies in criminal antitrust investigations, court proceedings and follow-on class actions
  • Successfully argued in District Court and in the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit a motion granting summary judgment on behalf of a large group of insurers who had been sued for alleged antitrust violations. Sandy River Nursing Care v. Aetna Cas., 985 F.2d 1138 (1st Cir. 1993)

Professional Activities

Law Clerk, Honorable William Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1974-1975)
Director, FTC, Bureau of Competition (1999-2001); Senior Deputy Director (1998-1999)
Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, FTC, presented by Chairman Robert Pitofsky on Rich's departure from the FTC
Former Officer and Council Member, ABA, Antitrust Section, Annual Meeting Committee
Member, Board of Trustees, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights
Speaking Engagements, “The Role of the Federal Courts in Antitrust Enforcement,” American Bar Association Antitrust Section Fall Forum (November 2012, Washington, DC); “The Trial of a Merger Case – (1) Preliminary Injunctions; (2) Trial on the Merits; & (3) Private Merger Litigation,” The 14th Annual Sedona Conference on Antitrust Law & Litigation (October 2012, Del Mar, California); “Private antitrust actions,” International Bar Association Annual Conference (October 2012; Dublin, Ireland)
Co-Author, "Considering Antitrust: Mergers and Acquisitions in an Election Year," Corporate Counsel: Politics, Policy & The Law (January 2012); "The Evolving Approach to Merger Remedies," Antitrust Report (May 2000); "The Merger Wave: Trends in Merger Enforcement and Litigation," 55 The Business Lawyer 351 (1999)

University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 1974: Order of the Coif; Comment Editor, UCLA Law Review

University of California at Davis, A.B., 1970: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi

District of Columbia; California