Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Expands Antitrust Practice
- Former FCC Advisor and DOJ Antitrust Division Chief of Staff Jamillia Ferris Joins the Firm -
Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
PALO ALTO, CA (November 9, 2015) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, announced today that Jamillia P. Ferris has joined the firm's antitrust practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office. Prior to joining the firm, Ferris served in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where she led the FCC's review of AT&T's acquisition of DIRECTV. Previously, she was a partner at Hunton & Williams and a former chief of staff in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
"The vast array of responsibilities that Jamillia has accrued throughout her career in both the public and private sectors is an obvious sign of her reputation for quality work and solid leadership," said Doug Clark, co-managing partner of the firm. "Jamillia has proven herself to be a thorough and effective first-chair investigator. Her fluency in merger enforcement issues, conduct investigations, and FCC review processes and standards will be a tremendous benefit to our clients as they navigate agency reviews for complex mergers and acquisitions."
Ferris was appointed to the FCC's Office of General Counsel in 2014. In addition to leading the review of AT&T's acquisition of DIRECTV, she served on the steering committee overseeing the FCC's review of Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Prior to joining the FCC, while in private practice, she focused on antitrust and consumer protection investigations.
From 2010-2013, Ferris served in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and counsel to the assistant attorney general. As the division's chief of staff, she had oversight responsibility for civil and criminal enforcement matters, as well as budget and personnel issues. During this time, she also was involved in a wide range of competition matters, including the Apple e-book price-fixing lawsuit, and she served as the acting assistant attorney general and acting deputy assistant attorney general on numerous enforcement matters.
Ferris earned her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003. She received a B.A. from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs in 1996. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Based in New York City, Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, and Brussels, the highly regarded antitrust practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advises clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions, criminal and civil investigations by government agencies, antitrust litigation, and issues involving intellectual property, consumer protection, and privacy. The internationally recognized practice has been involved in several of the most important antitrust matters of the past decade and has obtained favorable agency outcomes in reviews of proposed mergers for clients as diverse as Google, Twitter, Netflix, Trulia, Seagate, Nuance, Coca-Cola, Glencore, The McClatchy Company, Brocade, Pixar, Micron, and Autodesk.
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