Ilene Knable Gotts Named Chair of _ Section of Antitrust Law
CHICAGO, Aug. 5, 2009 — The _ Section of Antitrust Law announced today that Ilene Knable Gotts of New York will serve as section chair for a one-year term that began at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on Aug. 4.
Since 1996, Gotts has been a partner in the New York City firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she focuses on antitrust matters, particularly relating to mergers and acquisitions. She is a widely respected competition lawyer, with expertise on a host of global competition issues. Gotts began her career in Washington, D.C. as a staff attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission conducting merger investigations. Later she served in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. She was a partner in Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C., where she served as chair of the firm’s Legislative/Administrative and Antitrust Practice Groups.
Long active in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Gotts served as the section’s international officer and as a member of the section’s council. Gotts has also been a member of the American Law Institute for more than a decade and, in 2006-2007, chaired the New York State Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law.
Gotts has published more than 130 articles on antitrust related topics and served as the editor of the second and third editions, respectively, of the ABA’s Merger Review Process Handbook and Law Business Research’s Private Competition Enforcement Review. She is a member of the editorial board of The Antitrust Counselor, Antitrust Report and Competition Law International publications, and serves on the advisory board of BNA’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation report.
Gotts received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984 and her B.A. from the University of Maryland, magna cum laude, in 1980. She has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, teaching the advanced course in antitrust.
During her year as chair, Gotts will be focusing on a number of new and continuing initiatives. She is committed to developing a dialogue with academics and enforcement officials on competition issues, and to developing ways to mentor young lawyers in antitrust practice. She is looking at new methods for delivery of CLE and providing ongoing fundamentals training for practitioners. Gotts continues to focus on the globalization of the practice, and the need for coordination of efforts with enforcement officials around the world. To this end, she is convening a conference on international cartels in Paris in 2010. A core program during her year will be a symposium on innovation, planned for the spring at Stanford University.
The Section of Antitrust Law is currently working with other groups in the ABA to develop an educational curriculum for high schools that will focus on consumer law, economics and antitrust, to provide practical information to help students meet the challenges of the world economy. Gotts will continue these efforts.
Outside of her legal work and activities, Gotts is passionate about the importance of supporting the arts. Combining that passion with her profession, Gotts’ pro bono activities include serving on the Counsel’s Council for the Lincoln Center.
The ABA Section of Antitrust Law, with more than 9,000 members, is the leading forum for ongoing analysis of policies and developments affecting competition and consumer protection law.
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