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David I. Gelfand

David I. Gelfand

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Dave’s practice focuses on a broad range of antitrust matters, including merger reviews, litigation, government investigations, and counseling regarding various business practices. He returned to Cleary Gottlieb in July 2016 after serving for three years as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he oversaw the Division’s litigation efforts.

During his time at the DOJ, the agency was active in litigating cases, including merger challenges against American Airlines/US Airways, General Electric/Electrolux, and Halliburton/Baker Hughes. Dave was the lead litigator in Halliburton/Baker Hughes, which was abandoned by the parties after one month of litigation. He was closely involved in the GE/Electrolux lawsuit, which GE abandoned after a month-long trial. He also oversaw the merger review of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, which was abandoned after the DOJ and the FCC informed the parties that they had significant competitive concerns.

In 2016, The National Law Journal named him an antitrust “Trailblazer.” Prior to joining the DOJ in 2013, Dave was distinguished as one of the leading antitrust lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., and Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.

Dave received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, summa cum laude, and his B.S. from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, magna cum laude.


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