Former Acting Antitrust Chief Rejoins Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
By Elizabeth Murphy | November 20, 2012 1:02 pm

Joseph Wayland, who left his position as acting Antitrust Division chief at the Justice Department last week, has rejoined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, the firm announced Monday.

Joseph Wayland

Wayland is now a partner in the litigation practice at the firm, where he previously worked from 1988 to 2010. Wayland was named acting head of the Antitrust Division in April 2012, after serving First Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation.

With his departure, longtime Antitrust Division lawyer Renata Hesse has taken over the role. Arnold & Porter’s William Baer has been nominated to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the division, but his confirmation is pending a vote by the Senate.

Wayland was instrumental in helping the division successfully block H&R Block Inc. from acquiring TaxAct last year. He also helped the department win in its efforts to block AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile USA, a $39 billion bid. He has been part of the effort to determine the potential anti-competitive effects of software patents.

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