Peter J. Levitas, a former senior antitrust attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, is joining Arnold & Porter LLP as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm said today.
Levitas has spent the past four years as deputy director in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition and oversaw investigations and litigation for mergers and conduct cases in numerous industries. During that time, he was responsible for the FTC’s Mergers 1, Health Care and Anticompetitive Practices divisions, along with the commission’s Northeast Regional Office in New York.
Recently, he was lead negotiator behind discussions that resolved an investigation involving Google and litigation facing Intel.
Levitas joins the firm’s antitrust practice with experience addressing complex merger and conduct investigations, particularly in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology industries.
“Pete brings deep knowledge of the policy, investigation and litigation issues at both the state and federal levels,” firm chair Thomas H. Milch said in a statement.
Previously, Levitas spent more than five years as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. He also spent seven years as staff director and chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights.
Levitas has also worked in private practice, representing companies subject to state and federal investigations focused on antitrust and competition issues.
“My experience at the FTC and earlier work in the Senate and in the Antitrust Division allows me to bring a valuable perspective to the firm and its clients,” Levitas said in a statement.
Levitas completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.