Anna T. Pletcher

Partner

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Anna Pletcher is an experienced litigator and first-chair trial lawyer who represents clients on a broad range of civil and criminal antitrust issues, as well as sensitive white collar and corporate investigations.

Anna brings over a decade of impressive government experience to her clients in private practice, having served as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division prior to joining O’Melveny, where she led significant prosecutions and investigations of a variety of complex criminal and civil cases and served as Assistant Chief of the Antitrust Division’s San Francisco Office. Her experience on criminal matters includes prosecuting price fixing, bid rigging, market manipulation, fraud, and money laundering. Anna also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Crimes unit in San Francisco. On the civil side, Anna’s experience includes investigating proposed mergers and prosecuting a major technology company for entering into a no-poach agreement.

During her decade-long tenure as a prosecutor, Anna worked closely with various components of the federal and state criminal justice systems, including the FBI, United States Probation, and the California Attorney General’s office. Recognized for her exemplary work, Anna received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award in 2014, 2011, and 2007.

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Corporate & Government Experience

  • Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
  • Assistant Chief, San Francisco Office, US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
  • Special Assistant US Attorney, Northern District of California

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the "500 Leading Litigators in America" list by Lawdragon (2022)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for Cartel (2022)
  • Selected by the Daily Journal as a Top Woman Lawyer (2022)
  • Selected as one of the Daily Journal’s “Top Antitrust Lawyers in California” (2021)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US (2020)
  • Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award (2020)
  • Assistant Attorney General’s Award (2007, 2011, 2014)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
  • US Court of Appeals, First and Ninth Circuits

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, J.D.: California Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Yale College, B.A

Professional Activities

Clerkships

  • Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts

Adjunct Professor

  • University of California, Berkeley Law School (2014-2016)
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (2012-2013)

Leadership

  • Deputy Regional Director of Programs, Hispanic National Bar Association (2020-present)
  • Board Member, Bay Area Legal Aid (2020-present)
  • Board Member, Youth Leadership Institute (2020-present)
  • President, Association of Latino Marin Attorneys (2019-2020)
  • Board Member, Marin County Bar Association (2016-2019)
  • Steering Committee Member, Marin Coalition to End Human Trafficking (2015-2018)
  • Treasurer, Federal Bar Association, Criminal Section (2015-2017)
  • Chair, Marin Women’s Commission (2014-2016)
  • Bay Area Chapter Board Member, American Constitution Society (2009-2014)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Cartel Investigations, Domestic & International," ABA 2022 Antitrust Masters Course Conference (October 2022)
  • “The Defense Perspective on Hot Issues & Trends in White Collar, Securities, and Antitrust Enforcement,” Conference Sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, the ABA, and the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (February 2020)
  • “What Does a Price Fixer Look Like? Understanding the Profile of Criminal Antitrust Defendants,” ABA Antitrust Section Podcast (February 2020)
  • “Antitrust and Diversity” 12th Annual San Francisco and Silicon Valley Legal Market Conference (December 2019)
  • “Breaking Up Is So Hard to Do: Can the Antitrust Law Be Used to Bust Up “Big Tech” Companies?” Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention (September 2019)

Recent Publications

  • “When Silence Is Not Golden: Real World Implications of Non-Parties “Taking the Fifth” in Civil Proceedings,” (co-authors Michael Tubach and Trisha Parikh), American Bar Association Antitrust Magazine Volume 35, No. 2 (Spring 2021)
  • Representing a performing rights society in its antitrust litigation with a consortium of radio station owners.
  • Defending the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company in a criminal price-fixing investigation.
  • Defending an international automobile manufacturer in an antitrust class action, achieving a favorable settlement on the eve of trial.
  • Providing Covid-19 re-opening advice to several organizations including a global supplier of semiconductors and a computer hardware manufacturer.
  • Advising a global manufacturer on labor antitrust matters and an internal investigation.
  • Advising an entity in a civil antitrust investigation in the esports industry.

Press Releases

In the News

Daily Journal: Top Antitrust Lawyers 2022

November 16, 2022

Law Week Colorado: Defendants Acquitted in Antitrust Trial Over Poultry Prices

July 29, 2022

Bloomberg Law: DOJ Tactics Come Under Scrutiny After Chicken Price-Fixing Loss

July 13, 2022

Farms.com: US Chicken Price-Fixing—Not Guilty

July 11, 2022

Reuters: US Poultry Supplier Executives Acquitted in Price-Fixing Case

July 7, 2022

Law360: 5 Chicken Execs Acquitted In Denver Antitrust Trial

July 7, 2022

The American Lawyer: More Than 2,000 Women Partners Issue Call to Action Post-‘Dobbs’

June 27, 2022

Global Competition Review: Judge Questions Purpose and Policy Behind Third Broiler Chicken Trial

April 21, 2022

Law360: Chicken Execs Again Seek Acquittal After Second Mistrial

April 5, 2022

Global Competition Review: DOJ Trims Down Broiler Chicken Case

April 1, 2022

Law360: Despite 2 Mistrials, DOJ Won’t Say Chicken Case Is Done

March 31, 2022

Global Competition Review: Judge Declares Second Mistrial in Broiler Chicken Case

March 30, 2022

Law360: Poultry Execs Get 2nd Mistrial In Feds’ Price-Fixing Case

March 30, 2022

Law360: Poultry Execs Move For Acquittal Amid Price Fixing Retrial

March 23, 2022

Law360: DOJ Gears Up For Chicken Price-Fixing Retrial

February 18, 2022

Daily Journal: O’Melveny Partner Anna Pletcher named to Daily Journal’s 2021 “Top Antitrust Lawyers” List

November 17, 2021

Events

Alerts and Publications

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco Announces Corporate Prosecution Policy Changes, Urges Corporate Defendants to Move Faster

September 22, 2022

Eleventh Circuit Holds That a Franchisor and Its Franchisees May Violate Sherman Act by Entering Into No-Hire Agreements

September 12, 2022

DOJ Breathes New Life into Section 2 Criminal Enforcement

March 8, 2022

District Court Holds that No-Poach Agreements Can Constitute Criminal Antitrust Violations

February 16, 2022

FTC Announces New 2022 HSR Reporting Thresholds and Renews Call to Congress for Additional Funding

January 25, 2022

Prompted by Sweeping Executive Order on Competition, New Leadership at US Antitrust Agencies to Launch Review of Merger Guidelines; Similar Initiatives in Europe and China May Signal Greater Convergence in Enforcement Across Jurisdictions

July 26, 2021

Unanimous Supreme Court Affirms Injunction Barring NCAA Rules that Limit Education-Related Compensation to Student Athletes

June 30, 2021

Supreme Court Holds That FTC Cannot Sue for Monetary Relief: AMG Capital Management v. FTC

April 26, 2021

ABA ANTITRUST Magazine: When Silence Is Not Golden - Real World Implications of Non-Parties “Taking the Fifth” in Civil Proceedings

April 22, 2021

European Commission Extends Reach Over Non-Reportable Transactions

April 6, 2021

Senator Klobuchar Unveils Broad New Proposed Antitrust Legislation

February 8, 2021

FTC Adjusts New 2021 HSR Reporting Thresholds Downward

February 3, 2021

Daily Journal: Antitrust Issues to Watch During the Biden Administration

February 1, 2021

EU Commission Publishes Text of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

January 27, 2021

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division Brings First-Ever Criminal No-Poach Case

January 22, 2021

Germany Strengthens Antitrust Enforcement Powers to Rein in Big Tech

January 19, 2021

China Expands National Security Review of Foreign Investments

January 12, 2021

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 2 - Draft Digital Services Act

December 23, 2020

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 1 - Draft Digital Markets Act

December 21, 2020

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division Brings First-Ever Criminal Labor Market Collusion Case

December 17, 2020