Claudia Higgins joined Kaye Scholer following over two decades of distinguished service as an antitrust litigator with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). An antitrust partner in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation department, Claudia represents Fortune 500 companies in significant antitrust matters, particularly high-profile mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as in private antitrust litigation and civil investigations by the FTC, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and numerous international regulatory agencies. Her experience in antitrust matters spans a widely diverse set of industries, including consumer goods, defense and aerospace, natural resources, technology and health care.
As a member of the Antitrust practice, Claudia has been continuously recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers USA, where in the 2014 edition, she is praised as a “‘substantial antitrust lawyer’ who is ‘very creative.’” In the 2013 publication,Chambers noted her highly influential work representing space robotics firm MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates before the DOJ’s antitrust division in an investigation into its acquisition of Loral’s satellite business. Furthermore, U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 and 2013 ranked Kaye Scholer as “Tier 1” in antitrust law, with a client singling Claudia out for being “...particularly knowledgeable and helpful. She provides practical and insightful advice following her years of experience with the FTC. Another client also commented that "Kaye Scholer is a small group, but Claudia Higgins is among the best in Washington.” Claudia is also recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of antitrust law.
During her practice on behalf of the FTC, Claudia served as lead counsel in charge of some of the FTC’s most noteworthy merger transactions, particularly those establishing innovation theory in the context of pharmaceutical mergers, and she also led trial teams in several of the agency’s successful federal court injunction matters that blocked pending transactions. At the FTC, Claudia last held the title of Assistant Director for Regional Litigation with responsibility for the Commission’s regional office antitrust efforts throughout the US. The agency recognized her outstanding accomplishments with the FTC on numerous occasions, most notably honoring her with its Distinguished Service Award and its prestigious Paul Rand Dixon Award recognizing her leadership roles in merger enforcement.
Previously, Claudia served on the staff of the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (now the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs) where she worked on legislation related to Privacy and Regulatory Reform under Chairman Abraham Ribicoff (D-CT).
Claudia is also a frequent author and speaker on antitrust and regulatory topics and has participated in numerous conferences, programs and panels on issues of merger enforcement and trade regulation throughout her career. In addition, she has been sought out as an instructor on behalf of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development in Paris and the US Agency for International Development. She has advised competition authorities in Romania, Latvia, Korea, Japan, Brazil and numerous other countries, and has coordinated investigations with the EU and its member nations.