We are excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division has created the first-of-its kind Fellowship program in honor of Baker Botts Senior Counsel James F. Rill. Part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, the Fellowship is the first program to be named after an individual. It is designed to recruit, train, mentor and engage talented entry-level attorneys in the field of antitrust enforcement.
“Having practiced nearly 60 years, Jim is the country’s most respected antitrust lawyer and known worldwide for his ability to manage complex international competition matters,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “His prior service leading the Antitrust Division and the ABA Antitrust Section, and his success in guiding clients through high stakes regulatory matters, are among his countless accomplishments within the profession. This is a remarkable honor for Jim and a well-deserved recognition given the contributions he has made to antitrust law.”
“Even before Jim Rill became Assistant Attorney General, he was already considered one of the greats of the antitrust bar, and his time at the Division made him a legend,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “One of Jim’s most important contributions to the Division, and what truly made him a legend, is his crucial role in fostering a bipartisan consensus for how the government should enforce the antitrust laws.”
Mr. Rill served as Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division from 1989-1992. While in office, Mr. Rill negotiated the 1991 U.S.-European Union Antitrust Cooperation Agreement; issued the 1992 FTC and DOJ Horizontal Merger Guidelines (the first joint guidelines); revised the 1988 Antitrust Enforcement Guidelines for International Operations; was appointed to the U.S.-Japan Working Group on the Structural Impediments Initiative; and served as Chair of Working Party No. 3 of the OECD Competition Committee. Mr. Rill testified numerous times before Congress and was responsible for initiating the largest number of merger challenges in over a decade, including challenges to major bank mergers and airline asset transactions.
In 1997, Mr. Rill was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno and Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein to serve as Co-Chair of the DOJ’s International Competition Policy Advisory Committee (ICPAC), tasked with recommending future policy initiatives to the DOJ. Foremost among the recommendations in ICPAC’S February 2000 Final Report was the creation of a global competition forum where government competition authorities throughout the world could meet and confer on antitrust issues. From this recommendation, the International Competition Network (ICN) was formed in October 2001 and has grown to include over 130 members from government agencies. Mr. Rill participated in consultations and meetings leading up to the formation of the ICN and, since its inception, has actively participated in the work of the ICN as a Non-Governmental Advisor.
Since leaving the DOJ, Mr. Rill has been an integral part of key policy organizations, having served as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD Competition Committee, the United States Council for International Business Competition Committee and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Competition. Through his work with these organizations, he led the preparation of the BIAC/ICC Recommended Framework for Best Practices in International Merger Control Procedures. This framework was used as one of the bases for the ICN’s Recommended Practices for Merger Notification and Review Procedures and for the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Merger Review.
Among his many recognitions, Mr. Rill received the DOJ’s Sherman Award in April 2012, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2011, and the Global Competition Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2011.
(From left) Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, Baker Botts Senior Counsel James Rill, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Barry Nigro, Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr.