Mary Strimel advises and defends clients on mergers, acquisitions, price-fixing, restraints of trade, and other antitrust investigations before the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and state and federal courts. Her civil and criminal antitrust work has spanned a wide range of industries including transportation, basic materials, software, financial markets, data publishing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, glass, industrial products, alcoholic beverages and telecommunications. Mary is an experienced thought leader on the antitrust implications of employer no-poach agreements, having represented companies in government investigations and presented CLEs and articles on the topic.
Mary was an attorney with the DOJ Antitrust Division for over a decade, most recently as the founding chief of a criminal enforcement section launched in Washington, DC. Mary has extensive experience handling a full range of antitrust criminal litigation and investigative activities, including covert investigations, search warrants, witness interviews, plea agreements, coordination with foreign enforcement agencies, conduct of parallel civil/criminal investigations, and electronically stored information (ESI).
In merger matters, Mary has extensive experience before US enforcement agencies in seeking and obtaining clearance of proposed transactions. She has conducted pre-filing assessments of the antitrust viability of proposed acquisitions, responded to agency “second requests” for information, assessed and responded to agency arguments regarding market power and competitive effects, and evaluated and advised on proposed divestitures. She has presented expert and lay witnesses at trial regarding merger efficiencies and civil damages issues.
Before joining the DOJ Antitrust Division, Mary litigated high-stakes antitrust damages actions at a law firm specializing in complex class actions.
*Matters handled prior to joining McDermott Will & Emery.