Arnold & Porter Partner Nominated to Head DOJ’s Antitrust Division
Posted Feb 6, 2012 4:06 PM CST
By Stephanie Francis Ward
William J. Baer, a partner with Arnold & Porter, was recently nominated to head the Justice Department’s antitrust division.
The New York Times’ DealBook blog today notes that Baer’s law firm represented AT&T in its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, which the Justice Department successfully nixed. Baer, a former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s competition bureau, has handled numerous high-profile antitrust matters with Arnold & Porter.
Also, he was on the shortlist for the job in 2009, the ABA Journal previously reported. If the Senate confirms the White House's nomination of Baer, he will replace Christine Varney, who stepped down to take a partnership with Cravath, Swaine & Moore.