Richard Parker is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the Firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Mr. Parker is a leading antitrust lawyer who has successfully represented clients before both enforcement agencies and the courts.
As a trial lawyer and an antitrust regulatory lawyer, Mr. Parker has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including merger clearance cases, cartel matters, class actions, and government civil investigations. He has extensive experience representing clients in matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. His experience in high-profile merger matters have earned him high honors, including being recognized by Chambers USA as a leading Lawyer in Antitrust, by Global Competition Review as “Litigator of the Week” and as a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year”, by the Legal Times, Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, and by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Washington, DC Lawyers”. Who’s Who Legal named Mr. Parker to their 2019 “Thought Leaders: Global Elite” list for Competition. Mr. Parker also was included on Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” list.
Mr. Parker joins the firm from O’Melveny & Myers where he served as co-chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Senior Deputy Director and then as Director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC.
Representative engagements include:
- Represented US Airways in the DOJ investigation allowing the airline’s merger with American Airlines to complete*
- Represented Sysco during its antitrust investigation for its proposed merger with US Foods*
- Represented companies and individuals in criminal antitrust investigations in chemicals, air travel, consumer goods, technology and health care industries*
- Represented Honeywell International in MDL proceedings involving alleged price fixing in the auto parts industry*
- Represented Agrium in MDL proceedings involving alleged price fixing in the potash industry*
- Represented Asiana Airlines, Inc. in two MDL actions involving direct and indirect purchaser classes of air passengers and air cargo services*
- Represented DeGussa A.G. in class actions alleging price fixing in the carbon black and hydrogen peroxide industries*
- Representing Honeywell International in class actions involving alleged monopolization of the sale of certain thermostats and alleged price fixing of auto parts*
- Represented ExxonMobil in class actions involving alleged sharing of salary information*
- Representing Capital One in treble damage litigation involving the interchange fee*
- Representing Hertz in a class action litigation alleging price fixing in California*
- Represented eBay in class actions alleging monopolization and illegal tying*
- 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.*
Recent speaking engagements include:
- Panelist, “Mergers: Defining and Litigating Relevant Markets,” American Bar Association Antitrust Section Spring Meeting, Washington, DC (April 2018)
- Panelist, “Recent Trends in Economic Analysis of Mergers as Presented in Litigation,” Hal White Antitrust Conference (June 2016)
Mr. Parker received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as the Comment Editor of UCLA Law Review. He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.
*Representation occurred prior to Mr. Parker’s association with Gibson Dunn.