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Richard G. Parker

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Rich Parker is a partner in O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s Washington, DC office and Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust/Competition Practice. He has extensive experience in antitrust and other litigation matters both before the enforcement agencies and in the courts. 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 Corporation with Bergen Brunswig and McKesson Corporation with Amerisource Corporation. After his return to O'Melveny & Myers, Rich, on behalf of Triton Coal, lead a successful defense of the Arch Coal – Triton Coal merger against the FTC in federal court.  He has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including criminal, merger, and government civil investigations, and treble damage, including class action litigation.

Rich has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Antitrust by the Legal Times, named by Global Competition Review as among the best antitrust defense lawyers in the United States, and recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner by Global Competition Review, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers Magazine.  He has also been nominated for the 2009 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Antitrust.

Illustrative Professional Experience 

  • Representing Asiana Airlines, Inc. in two MDL actions involving direct and indirect purchaser classes of air passengers and air cargo services
  • Representing DeGussa A.G. in class actions alleging price fixing in the carbon black and hydrogen peroxide industries
  • Representing eBay in class actions alleging monopolization and illegal tying
  • Representing Honeywell International in class actions involving monopolization of the sale of certain thermostats
  • Representing ExxonMobil in class actions involving alleged sharing of salary information
  • Representing Capital One in treble damage litigation brought by American Express and class actions involving the interchange fee
  • Representing Hertz in a class action litigation alleging price fixing in California.
  • 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)


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

Professional Activities

Law Clerk, Honorable William Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1974-1975)
Admitted, District of Columbia; California
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
Chair, ABA, Antitrust Section, Spring Meeting Committee
Former Chair, ABA, Antitrust Section, Annual Meeting Committee
Co-Author, "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)


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