Pat Pascarella has handled some of the most complicated antitrust cases in history, including the largest mergers on record, the US v. Microsoft monopolization case, and multiple antitrust litigations that have shaped the contours of modern antitrust law. He successfully represented clients in the most important Supreme Court antitrust victories in the past twenty years including: Bell Atlantic v. Twombly and Pacific Bell v. linkLine.
Prior to joining Bona Law, Pat was Chief Antitrust Counsel at AT&T and served with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division – where, among other things, he opened the successful investigation and prosecution of the NASDAQ market makers. He most recently was a partner at two major law firms, chairing the antitrust and competition law group at one of them.
Because of Pat’s successful track record as a government enforcer and private litigator, he is one of the few private lawyers asked by the California Attorney General’s Office to serve as trial counsel for the government in the prosecution of a high-profile price-fixing case.
Pat describes his practice as protecting and enabling clients and credits his effectiveness to his diverse background. In addition to litigation, Pat assists clients in responding to civil and criminal investigations before the DOJ, FTC, and states’ attorneys general, as well as foreign competition enforcers in Europe, Mexico, and South America. Pat has successfully concluded numerous investigations –one of note being the complete revocation of a billion-dollar fine imposed by the Mexican antitrust authority against América Móvil’s TelCel in an abuse-of-dominance case.
Pat regularly advises clients on all manner of business activities from pricing and distribution to mergers and joint ventures. Pat pioneered the pre-merger planning process that today enables clients to accelerate the post-closing capture of merger-related efficiencies and has developed antitrust compliance programs for companies of all shapes and sizes.
Pat has represented clients in a multitude of industries including telecommunications and technology, media and entertainment, cryptocurrency, digital platforms, cybersecurity, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, sports, cement, military weapons systems, and ice cream.