Deborah A. Garza

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Deborah A. Garza

Deborah A. Garza

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Biography

Deborah Garza is co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Law Practice Group. With more than 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, Ms. Garza has been involved in some of the largest antitrust matters in the last thirty years, including the merger of Exxon and Mobil, the U.S. Government’s suit against Microsoft, the USFL suit against the NFL, and many other litigation and regulatory matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Garza practices in all areas of antitrust law, counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution practices, and complex litigation and in civil and criminal government investigations before state and federal enforcement agencies.

Ms. Garza joined Covington in 2009 from the Justice Department, where she served as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division. From May 2007 through November 2008, Ms. Garza was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Regulatory Affairs, overseeing matters in the telecommunications, transportation, energy, health care, agricultural, insurance, broadcast radio, real estate, and other industries. During two prior tours of service during the 1980s, Ms. Garza served as a Special Assistant and as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division. During her time with the Justice Department, Ms. Garza was involved in a number of significant enforcement matters and in the development and articulation of enforcement policy.

In 2004, Ms. Garza was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the Antitrust Modernization Commission (“AMC”), a bi-partisan blue-ribbon panel created by Congress to study and report to the President and Congress on the state of antitrust enforcement in the United States. The Commission's Report has been widely praised for providing a valuable framework for policy discussion going forward.

Ms. Garza is a frequent commentator on antitrust issues. She has testified before Congress regarding the AMC Report and, at the invitation of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, on antitrust enforcement in bank consolidations, see Statement of Deborah A. Garza before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, Oversight Hearing on “Too Big to Fail?: The Role of Antitrust Law in Government-Funded Consolidation in the Banking Industry.” Ms. Garza has also served as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, an informal network of all of the world’s competition authorities formed to foster convergence to best practices in antitrust enforcement globally.

Ms. Garza has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, financial services, software, health care, defense, airline, mining, oil and gas, nuclear, electricity, telecommunications, cable, radio, alcoholic beverages, consumer products, industrial products, and sports industries.

Ms. Garza has been a leader in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. In addition, in 2005, she helped found the Diversity Network, a collaboration of Washington, DC, law firms to provide networking opportunities and access to community leaders for lawyers of diverse backgrounds.

Memberships and Affiliations

* American Bar Association
* Federalist Society

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1981

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

B.S.
Class of 1978

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors in 1899 as the Northern Illinois State Normal School solely to prepare college-educated teachers. The university has since grown into a world-class university that attracts students from around the globe while still serving the northern Illinois region. We remain deeply committed to preparing teachers and providing an excellent and affordable higher education to Illinois families.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

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Partner
Prior

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP provides legal services. Its clients include Bank of America, Dow Jones and Northrop Grumman. The company has offices in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Washington. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Partner
2009 - Current

Covington & Burling LLP provides legal consulting services. They represent clients in litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters. The firm offers legal services related to intellectual property, international trade, mergers & acquisitions and tax practices. The company was founded by J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling on January 1, 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Acting Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
Prior

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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2013

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

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$200
2002

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1996

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is a U.S. political committee that provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. It is also responsible for organizing and running the Republican National Convention. Similar committees exist in every U.S. state and most U.S. counties, although in some states party organization is structured by congressional district, allied campaign organizations being governed by a national committee. Reince Priebus is the current RNC Chairman.

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Awards & Honors
2013
Washingtonian Magazine - Top Lawyers, Antitrust
2012
Washingtonian Magazine - Top Lawyers, Antitrust
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
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