Joshua H. Soven is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Mr. Soven’s practice focuses on government antitrust investigations, antitrust litigation, and counseling on competition issues. He regularly represents clients before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, and in the federal courts.
Mr. Soven has served in high-level positions at both U.S. antitrust agencies. Mr. Soven was Chief of the Litigation I Section of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. In this role, he directed numerous investigations and litigation challenges in the consumer products, packaging, health care, insurance, and dairy sectors, including United States v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (E.D. Mich. 2010) and United States v. Dean Foods (E.D. Wis. 2011), and the reviews of the UnitedHealth Group/Sierra, InBev/Anheuser-Busch, International Paper/Temple-Inland, Grupo Bimbo/Sara Lee, and Unilever/Alberto Culvertransactions. Mr. Soven also served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division’s Networks and Technology Enforcement Section where he led many investigations in the software, electronic payment system, and financial services sectors, including United States v. First Data/Concord EFS (D.D.C. 2003).
From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Soven was an Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, where he advised the Chairman on antitrust investigations in many industries, including pharmaceuticals, cable television, oil and gas, and semiconductors. At the FTC, Mr. Soven also represented the United States at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Competition Network.
Mr. Soven is ranked as a leading antitrust lawyer byChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He serves as a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, published by the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and is a past Vice Chair of the Antitrust Section’s Federal Civil Enforcement and Communications Committees. Mr. Soven has spoken at dozens of conferences on antitrust enforcement issues and served as a Lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he taught a course on strategy and competition policy.
Mr. Soven clerked for Judge Robert G. Doumar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.