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Hill Wellford

Hill Wellford Partner, Antitrust

Hill Wellford advises clients on antitrust matters, especially where U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission, and foreign agency enforcement intersects with energy, telecom, media, technology, standard-setting, pharmaceuticals, or patents. His 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. He also counsels agency-appointed trustees overseeing merger divestitures.

Hill is a recognized authority on the interplay between antitrust and the intellectual property, media, and technology laws, and he litigated media, patent, and other IP cases earlier in his career. He is a longtime leader in the American Bar Association’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), which describes him as a “very strong” partner who is “one to watch.” 

Hill previously served as Chief of Staff at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in Washington, DC, 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 an investigator and a trial lawyer, and as counsel in the Antitrust Division’s Legal Policy Section. He worked extensively with other components of the broader DOJ — including the DOJ Intellectual Property Task Force — and the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the United States Trade Representative, and other U.S. and foreign agencies.

Hill teaches and lectures widely on antitrust and technology issues, both in the U.S. and abroad. Past work has included antitrust seminars to businesses, lawyers at the DOJ, U.S. agencies, and foreign officials. He also taught a formal antitrust course at Vanderbilt University Law School and frequently contributes to courses, events, and student competitions at the George Mason University School of Law.

Experience Highlights

  • Representation of U.S. internet services company in investigations by the U.S., European Commission, Russia, and Asian authorities 
  • Representation of U.S. telecom hardware company in investigations by the European Commission, the UK, the Japan Fair Trade Commission, the Korea Fair Trade Commission, and other international enforcers 
  • Representation of Indian pharmaceutical company in acquisition of U.S. pharma manufacturer, acquisitions and sales of products, investigations by U.S. and European authorities, and civil litigation 
  • Representation of US media content company in mergers and acquisitions, and investigations in the US 
  • Representation of US financial company in obtaining favorable Business Review Letter from the DOJ Antitrust Division, approving new products and business plans 
  • Representation of Japanese auto parts company in cartel investigation by the DOJ Antitrust Division 


Contact Details

Washington

T +1.202.639.6571
F +1.202.879.8910
hwellford@velaw.com
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037
Local time: 6:15 AM
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Hill 's Practices

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1992
  • Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division: Chief of Staff; Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General; investigator; trial lawyer; counsel in the Legal Policy Section; 2003-2009
  • Clerkship to Judge Richard L. Wiliams of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ,1995 -1996
  • Recognized, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 Practice Group of the Year for Antitrust Law, Law360 2018 Practice Group of the Year for Antitrust
  • Chambers USA, Antitrust Litigation (District of Columbia), 2011–2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law, Litigation – Antitrust 2016–2018
  • Legal 500 U.S., Antitrust - Cartel, Civil Litigation/Class Actions, and Merger Control 2017
  • Co-chair: ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Dominance Divergence Task Force
  • Former Council Member: ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Governing Council
  • Life Fellow: American Bar Foundation
  • Member: American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • Member: American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Top Secret and Restricted Data (Atomic Energy) Security Clearances (issued 2007)