Ilene Knable Gotts
Ilene Knable Gotts is a partner in the New York City law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she focuses on antitrust matters, particularly relating to mergers and acquisitions. Recent transactions in which Mrs. Gotts advised include Publicis/Razorfish, Embarq/CenturyTel, Ashland/Hercules, Verizon/AllTel, Philips/Respironics, CVS/Caremark, URS/Washington Group, Suncom/T-Mobile, McClatchy/Knight-Ridder, Alcatel/Lucent, Conoco/Burlington Resources, and SBC Communications/AT&T Corp. Ms. Gotts is regularly recognized as one of the world's top antitrust lawyers, including being recognized in the 2006- 2009 Editions of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, as one of the top 5 global competition lawyers, in the first tier ranking of Chambers USA Guide, and the "leading individuals" ranking of PLC Which Lawyer Yearbook.
Mrs. Gotts previously worked as a staff attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission in conduct and merger investigations, and in the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection. She is the Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law, having previously served in a variety of leadership positions including as the International Officer and Chair of the Mergers Committee. In 2006-2007, Mrs. Gotts was the Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Section; she has been a member of the American Law Institute for over a decade. Mrs. Gotts is a frequent guest speaker, has had approximately 150 articles published on antitrust related topics, was the editor of the second and third editions of the ABA's Merger Review Process Handbook and Law Business Research's Private Competition Enforcement Review (2008). She is a member of the editorial board of The Antitrust Counselor, Antitrust Report, and Competition Law International publications and the advisory board of BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report. Mrs. Gotts is a member of the Board of National Law Alumni of Georgetown University Law Center, Advisory Board of Georgetown University Law Center's Corporate Counsel Institute, the Lincoln Center Counsel's Council, and Legal Advisory Board of Legal Momentum.