David C. Kully is an antitrust attorney in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Mr. Kully has extensive antitrust experience and joined the firm after serving as Chief (2013-16) and Assistant Chief (2008-13) of the Litigation III Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division, where he supervised a team of 25 attorneys. At the DOJ, he worked closely with Antitrust Division economists evaluating antitrust compliance issues, litigating antitrust enforcement actions and shaping competition policy in a wide variety of industries, including payments, music, live entertainment, movies, publishing, newspapers, television, radio, sports and real estate.
During his 18 years with the Antitrust Division, Mr. Kully served in central roles on many of the Antitrust Division’s most significant matters, achieving a consistent track record of success. He and his team investigated and successfully litigated three of the most prominent government antitrust enforcement actions in the past decade: cases challenging an e-books price fixing conspiracy, credit card “anti-steering” rules and a merger of appliance manufacturers. For his work on both the credit card matter and the e-books matter, Mr. Kully and his teams were honored with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the DOJ’s second-highest performance award. In addition to those high-profile cases, he also supervised and participated in major matters that did not involve litigation, including investigations into mergers or other anticompetitive conduct in the music, live entertainment, newspaper, broadcast television, radio, book publishing and movie theater industries.
Before joining the DOJ, Mr. Kully was in private practice at the Washington, D.C., office of a large international law firm and, from there, was recruited to participate as counsel in a special investigation conducted by the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee into campaign finance irregularities that arose during the 1996 federal election cycle.