Meet William Baer
By Elizabeth Murphy | March 2, 2012 12:51 pm

William Baer (Lawrence University, Stanford University Law School) has been nominated to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division.

William Baer

He would replace the acting Antitrust Division chief, Sharis Pozen, who has held the position since August 2011 and is leaving the Justice Department in April. She stepped in after Christine Varney, who served under President Barack Obama, left last summer for Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP.

His vitals:

  • He was born in 1950 in Baraboo, Wis.
  • He is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C.; he was also a partner at the firm from 1984 to 1995 and an associate from 1980 to 1984.
  • He serves as the vice chairman of the Lawrence University Board of Trustees.
  • He was the Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission from 1995 to 1999.
  • He was the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Congressional Relations; Attorney Adviser to the Chairman and Assistant to the Director in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and a Trial Attorney in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, all at the FTC from 1975 to 1980.
  • He served as a consultant for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., in 1974.
  • He was a law clerk at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in 1973.
  • He was a summer intern for Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey in 1972.
  • He registered for Selective Service but never served in the military.
  • He graduated cum laude from Lawrence University and was a member of the National Honor Society (1972).
  • At Stanford University Law School, he was awarded the Hilmer Ohlman Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Writing (1973) and served as the senior article editor at the Stanford Law Review (1974 to 1975).
  • At the FTC, he was given the Award for Distinguished Service (1999).
  • At Arnold & Porter LLP, he was awarded the Attorney of the Year Award (2009).
  • He was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Antitrust Law in 2010 and 2012 and was described as the United States’ “Leading Lawyer” for Antitrust by The Legal 500.
  • Named one of the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 for Antitrust.
  • Named in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2011.
  • Dubbed the one of the Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 for Competition/Antitrust.
  • Named one of The Washingtonian’s “Best Lawyers” for Antitrust in 2011.
  • Named a Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer in 2011.
  • Named one of the Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal in 2010.
  • Given the Chambers USA’s Award for Excellence for Antitrust in 2008.
  • He has been involved in fundraising, in an informal way, for the political campaigns of Obama and Joe Biden (2008), Hillary Clinton (2007 to 2008), John Kerry (2004), Al Gore (2000), Bill Clinton and Al Gore (1992 and 1996), Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Gubernatorial campaign (2009) and Peter Franchot’s campaign for Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Comptroller.
  • He has lectured at Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, American University Law School, Stanford Law School and Lawrence University.
  • Baer says that 80 percent of his work at Arnold & Porter LLP and 80 percent of his work at the FTC during the 1990s involved litigation or government investigations.
  • Baer says his work has been split about 50/50 on criminal versus civil proceedings.

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According to his financial disclosure form, his net worth is about $10 million.


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