Deborah A. Garza

Deborah A. Garza

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Deborah Garza is co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Law Practice Group.  With more than 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, Ms. Garza has been involved in some of the largest antitrust matters in the last thirty years, including the merger of Exxon and Mobil, the U.S. Government’s suit against Microsoft, the USFL suit against the NFL, and many other litigation and regulatory matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Garza practices in all areas of antitrust law, counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution practices, and complex litigation and in civil and criminal government investigations before state and federal enforcement agencies.

Ms. Garza joined Covington in 2009 from the Justice Department, where she served as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division.  From May 2007 through November 2008, Ms. Garza was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Regulatory Affairs, overseeing matters in the telecommunications, transportation, energy, health care, agricultural, insurance, broadcast radio, real estate, and other industries.  During two prior tours of service during the 1980s, Ms. Garza served as a Special Assistant and as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division.  During her time with the Justice Department, Ms. Garza was involved in a number of significant enforcement matters and in the development and articulation of enforcement policy.

In 2004, Ms. Garza was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the Antitrust Modernization Commission (“AMC”), a bi-partisan blue-ribbon panel created by Congress to study and report to the President and Congress on the state of antitrust enforcement in the United States.  The Commission's Report has been widely praised for providing a valuable framework for policy discussion going forward.

Ms. Garza is a frequent commentator on antitrust issues.  She has testified before Congress regarding the AMC Report and, at the invitation of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, on antitrust enforcement in bank consolidations, see Statement of Deborah A. Garza before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, Oversight Hearing on “Too Big to Fail?: The Role of Antitrust Law in Government-Funded Consolidation in the Banking Industry.”  Ms. Garza has also served as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, an informal network of all of the world’s competition authorities formed to foster convergence to best practices in antitrust enforcement globally.

Ms. Garza has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, financial services, software, health care, defense, airline, mining, oil and gas, nuclear, electricity, telecommunications, cable, radio, alcoholic beverages, consumer products, industrial products, and sports industries.

Ms. Garza has been a leader in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association.  In addition, in 2005, she helped found the Diversity Network, a collaboration of Washington, DC, law firms to provide networking opportunities and access to community leaders for lawyers of diverse backgrounds.



2017 National Lawyers Convention

Administrative Agencies and the Regulatory State

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers: Neil GorsuchDonald McGahnJefferson B. SessionsR. Alexander AcostaJonathan H. AdlerJohn S. BakerAditya BamzaiRachel BarkowSteven G. CalabresiDaniel A. CraneGregory DolinSusan E. DudleyJohn C. EastmanTheodore H. FrankDeborah A. GarzaHeather K. GerkenStephen GillersC. Boyden GrayMichael S. GrevePhilip A. HamburgerJohn C. HarrisonLisa HeinzerlingGail HeriotPeter KirsanowDonald J. KochanGary LawsonRoslyn LaytonVictoria A. LipnicJennifer L. MascottJohn O. McGinnisGillian E. MetzgerMichael B. MukaseyKen PaxtonRobert V. PercivalArti K. RaiNeomi RaoRonald D. RotundaHal S. ScottTheodore M. ShawRodney SmollaIlya SominRobert Greene SternePeter L. StraussJeffrey S. SuttonStuart S. TaylorGeorge J. TerwilligerKate Comerford ToddJonathan R. TurleyEugene VolokhPeter J. WallisonEdward WhelanKeith E. WhittingtonArthur E. WilmarthWilliam H. PryorDavid M. McIntoshF. Scott KieffDavid StrasDiane S. SykesRachel L. BrandNathan A. SalesDavid BarronA. Raymond RandolphG. Barry AndersonKevin C. NewsomJohn F. DuffyMichael W. McConnellR. Shep MelnickMichael P. VandenberghPaulette BrownBrendan Thomas CarrHeather ChildsNicholas GealeAdam GelbRobert HanniganAugust HanningJonathan S. KanterPaul Alan LevyLibby LockePhilip A. MiscimarraMark L. RienziMelissa Rogers
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
Sponsors: Washington DC Lawyers ChapterDC Young Lawyers ChapterCapitol Hill ChapterAdministrative Law & Regulation Practice GroupCivil Rights Practice GroupCorporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice GroupCriminal Law & Procedure Practice GroupEnvironmental Law & Property Rights Practice GroupFederalism & Separation of Powers Practice GroupFinancial Services & E-Commerce Practice GroupFree Speech & Election Law Practice GroupIntellectual Property Practice GroupInternational & National Security Law Practice GroupLabor & Employment Law Practice GroupLitigation Practice GroupProfessional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice GroupReligious Liberties Practice GroupTelecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group
2016 National Lawyers Convention

2016 National Lawyers Convention

The Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Speakers: Thomas W. MerrillRichard A. EpsteinWilliam H. PryorJohn C. HarrisonGary LawsonJoan LarsenMichael W. McConnellNelson LundDavid F. ForteAkhil Reed AmarNicholas Quinn RosenkranzMichael S. PaulsenMark PerryJennifer Walker ElrodRichard E. WileyThomas M. HardimanVincent Phillip MunozSandra Segal IkutaMichael O'SheaLisa HeinzerlingJohn A. AllisonLuther StrangeMark BrnovichWilliam KuntzDon WillettAbbe R. GluckPatrick MorriseyRon DeSantisPaul LarkinAdam KleinSusan G. BradenSeth HarrisOrin S. KerrPaul D. ClementJohn S. BakerRonald A. CassDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainFrank H. EasterbrookWilliam N. EskridgeAdam MossoffDouglas H. GinsburgRoger PilonJonathan R. TurleyJohn C. EastmanCarlos T. BeaSaikrishna B. PrakashKannon K. ShanmugamEugene ScaliaIlya SominJerry E. SmithDiane S. SykesStephen J. MarkmanMichael UhlmannRichard W. GarnettPatrick A. ParenteauR CruzWilliam P. MarshallSamuel A. AlitoClarence ThomasNadine StrossenEugene VolokhNoel J. FranciscoJames W. ElyAllison EidStephanos BibasBrian FitzpatrickEdith H. JonesDavid StrasRoderick M. HillsTodd ZywickiStephen I. VladeckArthur D. HellmanBill SamuelJeffrey S. SuttonRachel BarkowJoshua SarnoffC HemphillSteven CollotonE ElliottFloyd AbramsVictoria NoursePhil GrammRaymond KethledgeBradford R. ClarkDeepak GuptaDeborah A. GarzaAdam LaxaltBen SasseKimberley A. StrasselLeonard N. ChaninElizabeth GoiteinHenry GoldbergDavid J. KapposToni MassaroLawrence SolumMark FloydRandel K. JohnsonNikki HaleyDeborah L. RhodeAllan Rostron
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
Sponsors: DC Young Lawyers ChapterWashington DC Lawyers ChapterAdministrative Law & Regulation Practice GroupCivil Rights Practice GroupCorporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice GroupCriminal Law & Procedure Practice GroupEnvironmental Law & Property Rights Practice GroupFederalism & Separation of Powers Practice GroupFinancial Services & E-Commerce Practice GroupFree Speech & Election Law Practice GroupIntellectual Property Practice GroupInternational & National Security Law Practice GroupLabor & Employment Law Practice GroupLitigation Practice GroupProfessional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice GroupReligious Liberties Practice GroupTelecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group