Q&A with Deborah Garza

23 March 2017

Covington & Burling partner Deborah Garza, a former head of the Department of Justice's antitrust division, is set to moderate a roundtable of former DOJ officials at next week’s second annual GCR Live Cartels.

Why did you want to moderate a panel about cartel enforcement in the Trump Administration?
Cartel enforcement has been and will likely continue to be a key part of US antitrust enforcement. Our speakers on this panel include every former head of the Antitrust Division's criminal enforcement effort for the last 18 years, from 1995 to 2013: James Griffin, Gary Spratling and Scott Hammond. Collectively, their service at the DOJ covers a span of 42 years and eight different presidents. It is hard to imagine a more qualified panel to talk about where cartel enforcement has been, and where it may be headed.

Are there any international issues that you're paying particular attention to, and how might they affect antitrust enforcement in the US?

Global cartel enforcement isn't getting any less complicated. We live in a globally connected world with global supply chains and active enforcers in virtually every major world economy and in many emerging economies. I am watching how the US courts deal with complex jurisdictional issues; issues related to foreign sovereign compulsion; and how enforcers will address the issue of overlapping jurisdiction touching the same commerce.

If you had been able to get one more person on the panel, who would that be, and why?

That's easy. I would have wanted to include Brent Snyder, who is currently both the deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement and the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division. I hope he will join us next year.

Many say working for the government is one of – or the most – rewarding experience of their careers. How do you look back on your time at the Department of Justice, and how does that experience manifest itself in your work today?

I completely agree with that sentiment. It was an honour and privilege to serve at the DOJ and to work alongside the many talented and devoted lawyers, economists, legal assistants and others at the Antitrust Division. I believe my time at the DOJ has enabled me to be a better advisor to my clients.

GCR Live 2nd Annual Cartels takes place on Tuesday, 28 March in Washington, DC. Registration is complimentary for government officials and in-house counsel.