Jim O'Connell is the deputy assistant attorney general for international, policy, and appellate matters in the Antitrust Division at the US Department of Justice. His principal duties include serving as the Division's point person on international antitrust issues and overseeing the Division's appellate litigation and policy development programmes. Mr O'Connell previously served as the Division's chief of staff and as counsel to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Barnett and his predecessor R Hewitt Pate. Prior to joining the Antitrust Division in late 2003, Mr O'Connell was in private practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP, in the firm's global antitrust group. At Shearman & Sterling, Mr O'Connell advised clients in a wide range of industries on the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business collaborations, unilateral conduct, and intellectual property licensing. Mr O'Connell also represented clients in antitrust litigation matters and grand jury investigations. Mr O'Connell received his Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from the Emory University School of Law, where he served as the executive managing editor of the Emory Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr O'Connell currently serves as the co-chairman of the merger working group of the International Competition Network. He is a member of the Bars of New York, the District of Columbia and the US Supreme Court. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's section of antitrust law, for which he has served as co-chair of the federal civil enforcement committee since 2006.