and Tucker join V&E from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where they both
held leadership positions in that firm’s antitrust practice group, and are
based in V&E’s Washington, D.C. office. Both have held senior positions at
the federal antitrust agencies – Wellford at the U.S. Department of Justice and
Tucker at the Federal Trade Commission – and advise clients in complex U.S. and
cross-border merger and non-merger investigations.
is dedicated to maintaining a premier antitrust practice and the addition of
Hill and Darren reflects our commitment to that goal,” said V&E Managing
Partner Scott Wulfe. “They bring immediate
value to our nationally recognized antitrust group and we are thrilled to have
them as colleagues.”
served as the Washington, D.C. office leader for Morgan Lewis’ antitrust
practice, and as the national leader of the firm’s government-facing antitrust
work. He advises clients on antitrust matters, especially where DOJ, FTC and
foreign agency enforcement intersects with telecom, media, technology,
standard-setting, pharmaceuticals or patents.
practice includes matters in the Americas, Asia and Europe, and his experience
includes mergers and acquisitions, criminal investigations, civil conduct
challenges and jury, bench and administrative trials.
From 2004 to 2009,
Wellford held several positions at the DOJ, including as Chief of Staff at the
DOJ’s Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw cartel, merger,
civil conduct and international work by the Antitrust Division’s 400-plus
lawyers and economists. Before becoming chief of staff, he served as counsel to
the Assistant Attorney General, as a trial lawyer, and as counsel in the
Antitrust Division’s Legal Policy Section.
extensively with other components of the broader DOJ—including the DOJ
Intellectual Property Task Force—and the FTC, Federal Communications
Commission, Department of Transportation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
Office of the United States Trade Representative and other U.S. and foreign
for excellence, its depth of experience in regulated industries, and its
top-tier corporate and M&A position were among the many factors that
prompted my decision to join the firm,” said Wellford. “I am excited to be a
part of the firm’s growing antitrust practice and look forward to contributing
to its success.”
Wellford is a
recognized authority on the interplay between antitrust and the intellectual
property, media and technology laws, and litigated media, patent and other IP
cases earlier in his career. He is a longtime leader in the ABA’s Section of
Antitrust, where he serves as co-chair of the Dominance Divergence Task Force,
after just concluding a three-year term on the section’s governing council.
He is recognized for
antitrust by Chambers USA (2017)
and recommended by The Legal 500 US in the following categories:
Antitrust-Cartel, Antitrust-Civil Litigation/Class Actions and Antitrust-Merger
Control (2017). He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School
of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Tucker, who served as
deputy leader of Morgan Lewis’ global antitrust practice group, represents
clients before the FTC, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and
foreign competition agencies in complex merger and non-merger antitrust investigations,
with an emphasis on the technology, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.
He has played key roles
in many of the most prominent antitrust cases over the past 20 years, including
two litigated merger cases against the FTC (FTC
v. Arch Coal Inc. and FTC v. CCC Holdings Inc.), and the settlement of a leading
gun jumping case, US v. Gemstar-TV Guide
International Inc. Over the course of his career, Tucker has
advised on more than 100 mergers and acquisitions and defended clients in more
than a dozen non-merger investigations.
Tucker also has
extensive experience on competition matters outside the United States, having
counseled clients on merger and non-merger antitrust matters in Europe, Canada
and Asia, including Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia and Australia.
From 2009 to 2013,
Tucker served as an attorney advisor to Commissioners Joshua D. Wright and J.
Thomas Rosch at the FTC. In that role, Darren advised on all aspects of the
FTC’s competition mission, including staff enforcement recommendations on
high-profile merger and non-merger investigations, litigation strategy and
In 2017, Global
Competition Review recognized Tucker as one of the leading antitrust
lawyers under the age of 45. The
Legal 500 US also recommends Tucker in the following
categories: Antitrust - Cartel, Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions and
Antitrust - Merger Control (2016, 2017). He has been part of the leadership of
the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law for over a decade, where
he currently serves on the section’s governing council. He served as the
editorial chair for the most recent edition of Antitrust Law Developments,
the leading two-volume antitrust treatise, and has taught an advanced antitrust
seminar as an adjunct professor at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason
“V&E offers a
collegial culture that I found particularly attractive and an exceptional
platform that will benefit my clients,” said Tucker. “I am pleased to be a part
of the V&E team and ready to hit the ground running.”
Tucker earned his law
degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds a bachelor’s
degree from The College of William & Mary.
“Hill and Darren are
incredibly talented antitrust lawyers who are among the leaders of our field,”
said Craig Seebald, who leads V&E’s
Antitrust Practice Group and serves as Managing Partner of the firm’s
Washington, D.C. office. “They are a perfect fit for V&E and we are pleased
to welcome them to the firm.”
practice is among the best in the United States, receiving national recognition
in Chambers USA (2017), Legal 500 U.S. (2017) and
as a member of the Global Competition Review 100 (2017).