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Hill Wellford

Hill Wellford Partner, Antitrust

Hill Wellford heads the firm’s Antitrust Government Investigations team and is co-head of its HSR and CFIUS groups. Since leaving the DOJ Antitrust Division for private practice, he has focused on matters in the energy, technology, pharmaceutical and media industries, both in the U.S. and internationally. Chambers USA calls him “very strong” in antitrust and “one to watch" (2019).

Hill’s antitrust practice includes matters in the Americas, Asia and Europe. He files dozens of "merger control" notifications yearly under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) and parallel international laws, and his non-deal work includes cartel and criminal investigations, civil conduct challenges, and jury, bench, and administrative trials. He also counsels third parties involved in merger divestitures and has been appointed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as counsel for agency-installed divestiture monitors and trustees.

In Hill’s work with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), he assesses the deal risks of a national security review and makes voluntary and mandatory CFIUS filings, in compliance with the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) and the Pilot Program rules on Covered Transactions in "critical industries." 

Hill 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. His government service included several positions in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in Washington, DC, including Chief of Staff, trial attorney, investigator and Legal Policy counsel. He obtained the highest security clearances for classified information and restricted data (nuclear weapons and energy), including TS/RD. At DOJ, he also worked with the OECD, ICN, and foreign agencies, particularly focused on Asia, on matters of international trade.

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: 3:57 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), 2011–2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Antitrust Law and Litigation – Antitrust, 2016–2018, 2020
  • Legal 500 U.S., Antitrust: Cartel, Civil Litigation/Class Actions, and Merger Control 2017 and 2019
  • Selected to the Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), 2019
  • 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)