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John D. Harkrider

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

New York, NY, USA

John Harkrider is co-chair of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider's antitrust practice.  His practice concentrates on mergers, counseling and litigation.  In the merger context, he advised Google in its US $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility as well as its US$700 million acquisition of ITA, SunGard Data Systems in its US$1.6 billion sale of SunGard Higher Education to Datatel, XLHealth in its US$2.2 billion sale to UnitedHealth; Thermo Fisher Scientific with respect to its US$2.1 billion acquisition of Dionex, Bemis Company in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of the Food Americas' assets of Alcan,  Ball Corporation in its US$577 million acquisition of the MCC assets from Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cingular in its US$41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless, BellSouth in its US$67 billion acquisition by AT&T, Omnicare in its hostile takeover of both Pharmerica and NeighborCare, and Harcourt General with respect to its US$4.5 billion sale to Reed Elsevier and Thompson.  In litigation, Mr. Harkrider represented both Tyson Foods and George's with respect to Tyson's sale of assets to George's in the Western District of Virginia, Omnicare with respect to its Section One conspiracy claims against United Health in both the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit, United Technologies in connection with Walker Process and Handgards claims in the Northern District of Illinois and District of Maryland, and IBP in opposition class certification in the Middle District of Alabama. In counseling, he has advised MasterCard's Board of Directors with respect to their IPO as well as the Board of Directors of a major European air cargo company with respect to possible criminal liability. In addition, Mr. Harkrider represented the U.S. Department of Justice in its investigation and suit to enjoin WorldCom's US$120 billion attempted acquisition of Sprint.

Mr. Harkrider has written and spoken extensively on antitrust as the lead editor of a handbook on Econometrics in Antitrust, published by the ABA.  He is also the author of a number of articles, including  Obama:  The First Year, ANTITRUST, Summer 2010; Lessons from the Great Depression, ANTITRUST, Spring 2009;Antitrust Enforcement During the Bush Administration, An Econometric Estimation, ANTITRUST, Summer 2008; Exporting Antitrust Law to China, Global Competition Review, February 2006; Risk-Shifting Provisions and Antitrust Risk: An Empirical Examination, ANTITRUST, Fall 2005; and Sophistication Snag, The Deal, January 17, 2005,. He has regularly appeared as an antitrust commentator on CNBC, Fox and BBC America.

Mr. Harkrider delivered remarks at the prestigious Milton Handler Antitrust Review sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Mr. Harkrider is recommended by Chambers USA and was named by Global Competition Review as the 2012 competition "Lawyer of the Year".


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1991 J.D. cum laude.
    •    Honors: Order of the Coif; Thurston Society, 1991
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988 B.A.
    •    Honors: Highest Honors


  • Editorial Board, ANTITRUST, 2007 - present
  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Economics Committee of Antitrust Section, 2003 - 2006
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

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