Joseph Kattan, PC, is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, DC office. His practice focuses on antitrust litigation, counseling, and enforcement agency matters. Mr. Kattan’s areas of concentration include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property antitrust, high technology antitrust, and international antitrust. He has represented clients in antitrust litigation, arbitrations, and government investigations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Kattan’s representations have spanned a broad range of industries. He has represented clients in the semiconductor, computer, software, media, music, travel, consumer electronics, cosmetics, chemical, medical technology, financial services, oil field services, health care, Internet, soft drink, and information services industries, among others.
Mr. Kattan has shepherded numerous mergers and acquisitions through the antitrust review process in the United States and abroad, including many second-request investigations. His M&A transactions include representations of:
Mr. Kattan has broad experience in the areas of high technology and intellectual property antitrust. He has represented clients in a number of significant litigations and government investigations involving the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust, including several standard-setting matters. In the patent antitrust field, he represented Intel in litigations against the Federal Trade Commission, VIA Technologies, and Intergraph, Unocal in litigation against the FTC, and Sony in private antitrust litigations involving patent pooling.
Mr. Kattan has served as Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee and Vice Chair of the Computer Industry Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. He has published numerous articles in scholarly and professional journals and CLE publications. He has also spoken regularly on antitrust and intellectual property issues at leading antitrust conferences and programs. He served for several years as an editor of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Magazine and on the Board of Advisors of The Antitrust Counselor.
Mr. Kattan has testified at many government-sponsored hearings on antitrust policy, including the joint Justice Department-Federal Trade Commission hearings on single firm conduct, the DOJ-FTC hearings on intellectual property and antitrust, the DOJ-FTC merger enforcement workshops, the DOJ-FTC hearings on most favored nation contracts, the FTC’s global competition hearings, the FTC’s joint venture policy hearings, and the FTC’s "FTC at 100" hearings. Mr. Kattan has also advised foreign competition authorities on antitrust policy.
Mr. Kattan is a member of the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Antitrust Council. In 2004, he served as a member of the ABA’s quadrennial Task Force on the Federal Antitrust Agencies.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Kattan headed the Office of Policy and Evaluation in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.
Mr. Kattan is recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide, Chambers Global:The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, Expert Guides’ Best of the Best USA, Global Counsel Competition Law Handbook, Practical Law‘s Which Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, The Best Lawyers in America®, and Washington DC Super Lawyers.
Recent editions of Chambers have described Mr. Kattan as a "super-smart outstanding legal analyst" who "receives rave reviews" from clients and peers and as "a world-class expert in competition law" who "attracts a host of plaudits from clients" and offers "very pragmatic advice."
University of Chicago - 1978 Master of Arts
Northwestern University - 1976 Juris Doctor
Case Western Reserve University - 1973 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar