Senior DOJ Antitrust Official David Kully to Join Holland & Knight
WASHINGTON (September 6, 2016) – Holland & Knight announced today that David Kully will join the firm as a partner in its Washington office on September 12. Mr. Kully resigned as chief of the Litigation III Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division on August 5.
"We are delighted that Dave has decided to join Holland & Knight after his distinguished career with the Justice Department. He is one of the most accomplished antitrust lawyers in the nation and his addition demonstrates our commitment to provide the highest quality services to our clients," said Steven Sonberg, the firm's managing partner.
Mr. Kully became chief of the Litigation III Section in 2013, after serving as assistant chief since 2008. In these roles, he supervised a team of 25 attorneys and worked closely with Antitrust Division economists to investigate potential antitrust violations, litigate enforcement actions and shape competition policy in the payments, publishing, music, live entertainment, movie, newspaper, television, radio, sports and real estate industries.
During the past five years, Mr. Kully and his teams have investigated and litigated three of the most significant civil antitrust cases of the past decade: U.S. v. Apple (e-book price fixing), U.S. v. American Express (credit card "anti-steering" rules) and U.S. v. AB Electrolux (merger of appliance manufacturers). For his work on the American Express case, he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the second-highest performance award granted by the DOJ. He joined the Antitrust Division as a trial attorney in 1998.
"Dave has played central roles in many of the DOJ's most significant antitrust matters and has an outstanding track record of success," said John Hogan, chair of Holland & Knight's Litigation Section. "His deep experience in substantive antitrust law and great familiarity with the people, practices and priorities of the Antitrust Division will be of significant value to our clients who are facing competition issues."
"Although it was a difficult decision to leave the Antitrust Division after 18 years of service, I am excited to join Holland & Knight and help the firm expand its antitrust practice," said Mr. Kully. "I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to enhance and expand the firm's client relationships."
Mr. Kully received a J.D. degree magna cum laude from Cornell Law School and a B.A. degree in economics from Dartmouth College.