Thomas O. Barnett

Hon. Thomas O. Barnett

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Thomas Barnett is a partner in the Washington, DC office and co-chair of the firm's Antitrust & Consumer Law Practice Group.  He specializes in global antitrust and competition law practice and works closely with the firm’s white collar practice on criminal antitrust enforcement and investigative matters.

Mr. Barnett recently served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.  He headed the Antitrust Division from 2005 to 2008, having previously served in the Division as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement from 2004 to 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Barnett was involved in some of the largest and most complicated criminal matters in the Division’s history, including investigations and prosecutions that involved coordination with multiple competition authorities in other jurisdictions.  In the merger area, Mr. Barnett oversaw the review of all mergers investigated by the Division and supervised more than 30 cases filed in federal district court.  He also oversaw an active competition advocacy program that included numerousamicusbriefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on antitrust issues and comments to a wide range of federal and state agencies.  He argued before the U.S. Supreme Court asamicuson behalf of the United States inBell Atlantic Corp. v. Twomblyand testified several times before Congressional committees.

While at the Antitrust Division, Mr. Barnett worked with international antitrust authorities throughout the world and served in leadership positions in key international competition organizations, such as chairing the Working Party on International Cooperation and Enforcement of the OECD Competition Committee and serving on the Steering Committee of the International Competition Network.

Mr. Barnett received the Edmund Randolph Award, the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest honor, for his service in the Division.

Prior to 2004, Mr. Barnett was a leader in the firm’s Antitrust & Consumer Law Practice Group.  He counseled Fortune 500 companies on all aspects of antitrust law and was involved in mergers and acquisitions, government antitrust investigations, and antitrust litigation involving a wide range of industries.  He served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a course on antitrust and intellectual property issues in sports in 2001 and 2003, and as a co-teacher of an advanced antitrust seminar at the University of Virginia Law School multiple times between 1991 and 2004.



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989 - magna cum laude
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc., 1986 - Fulbright Scholar
  • Yale University, B.A., 1985 - summa cum laude
2013 National Lawyers Convention

2013 National Lawyers Convention

Textualism and the Role of Judges

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers:
Jonathan H. AdlerMarvin AmmoriPaul S. AtkinsMartin Neil BailyJohn S. BakerDavid BaltoRachel BarkowRandy E. BarnettThomas O. BarnettDavid BarronCarlos T. BeaPaul J. BeardJohn BeisnerMitchell BermanLillian R. BeVierStephanos BibasSteven G. BradburyJoel F. BrennerTimothy P. CarneyRoger B. CleggEdith Brown ClementPaul D. ClementDavid D. ColeTed CruzJohn F. DuffyKyle DuncanFrank H. EasterbrookJohn C. EastmanJennifer Walker ElrodJohn ElwoodRichard A. EpsteinWilliam N. EskridgeMiguel EstradaJörg FedtkeRichard W. FieldsNoel J. FranciscoEric M. FreedmanJohn FundWilliam A. GalstonRobert P. GeorgeDouglas H. GinsburgAbbe R. GluckNeil GorsuchThomas B. GriffithRandall D. GuynnPhilip A. HamburgerThomas M. HardimanKristin HickmanJames L. HuffmanScott W. JohnsonEdith H. JonesBrett M. KavanaughAshley KellerRaymond KethledgeHon. F. Scott KieffAndrew KoppelmanWilliam KuntzMartin S. LedermanMichael S. LeeLeonard A. LeoAdam LiptakRobert E. LitanMargaret (Peggy) LittleJane MagoKenneth L. MarcusJohn O. McGinnisDavid M. McIntoshThomas W. MerrillEugene B. MeyerRobert MikosJonathan T. MolotThomas D. MorganPatrick MorriseyAlan B. MorrisonMichael B. MukaseyBurt NeuborneVictoria NourseJide Okechuku NzelibeEileen J. O'ConnorDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainMaureen K. OhlhausenWalter K. OlsonAjit V. PaiRichard PrimusWilliam H. PryorJeremy A. RabkinA. Raymond RandolphJohn N. RaudabaughMichelle RichardsonJ RoschNicholas Quinn RosenkranzPaul RosenzweigErin RyanJoshua SarnoffDavid S. SchoenbrodReva SiegelJerry E. SmithStewart E. SterkDavid StrasNadine StrossenDiane S. SykesGeorge J. TerwilligerClarence ThomasJonathan R. TurleyTimothy M. TymkovichVincent VitkowskyEugene VolokhScott WalkerSeth P. WaxmanJ. Harvie WilkinsonJ WilkinsonIStephen F. WilliamsJoshua D. WrightElizabeth WydraWilliam R. YeomansJohn C. Yoo
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Civil Rights • Free Speech & Election Law • Criminal Law & Procedure • Corporations, Securities & Antitrust • Labor & Employment Law • Religious Liberties • Intellectual Property • Administrative Law & Regulation • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Environmental Law & Property Rights • International & National Security Law • Telecommunications & Electronic Media • Litigation • Professional Responsibility & Legal Education
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Internet Search, Antitrust and Speech

Internet Search, Antitrust and Speech

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The Google Review: Regulation of Search Results and More

The Google Review: Regulation of Search Results and More

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2004 National Lawyers Convention

2004 National Lawyers Convention

Celebrating Brown v. Board of Education's Promise of Equality: How Well Are We Doing Fifty Years Later?

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers:
R. Alexander AcostaRoger AlfordSamuel A. AlitoJohn AshcroftJohn S. BakerRandy E. BarnettThomas O. BarnettWilliam P. BarrCarlos T. BeaLillian R. BeVierClint BolickJames BoppJennifer C. BracerasGerard V. BradleyGuido CalabresiSteven G. CalabresiMichael A. CarvinElaine L. ChaoJesse H. ChoperJeffrey Bossert ClarkRoger B. CleggWalter E. DellingerGeorge W. DentViet DinhElizabeth K. DormineyJohn L. DouglasFrank H. EasterbrookJohn C. EastmanTheodore EisenbergBert ElyRichard A. EpsteinEdward B. FoleyJohn FundMaggie GallagherDouglas H. GinsburgShawn GunnarsonWilliam J. HaynesJames L. HuffmanBrian W. JonesHon. F. Scott KieffMichael KlarmanDouglas W. KmiecAlex KozinskiSteven J. LawLeonard A. LeoRobert A. LevyMargaret (Peggy) LittleTimothy E. LynchEarl M. MaltzWilliam P. MarshallKevin J. MartinMichael W. McConnellJohn O. McGinnisJoseph McLaughlinGeoffrey P. MillerGrover NorquistDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainTheodore B. OlsonWalter K. OlsonWilliam H. PryorRandall R. RaderMichael D. RamseyA. Raymond RandolphWilliam Bradford ReynoldsJames M. RockettAnthony D. RomeroMichael RubinAntonin ScaliaLouis Michael SeidmanDavid B. SentelleJerry E. SmithMark W. SmithKenneth W. StarrMargaret D. StockJeffrey S. SuttonDavid TatelStuart S. TaylorAbigail ThernstromPeter A. ThielJonathan R. TurleyTimothy M. TymkovichEugene VolokhMichael B. WallaceRichard E. WileyChristopher A. WrayJohn C. YooRobert P. Young
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Civil Rights • Supreme Court
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