Pat Pascarella is an antitrust attorney. He has served with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, spent a dozen years in-house as Chief Antitrust Counsel at AT&T, and most recently was an antitrust partner at two big law firms, including eight years as the chair of the antitrust and competition law group at one of those firms.
Pat describes his practice as protecting and enabling clients and believes his diverse background contributes significantly to his effectiveness and efficiency. On the protection side, Pat’s practice includes representing clients in litigation in federal and state courts and in responding to government inquiries and investigations both civil and criminal. He has represented clients before the DOJ, FTC, states’ attorneys general, as well as foreign competition enforcers and other governmental authorities in Europe, Mexico, and Colombia. Pat has successfully concluded numerous investigations, with results that include, for one example, the revocation of a billion-dollar fine imposed by the Mexican antitrust authority in an alleged abuse-of-dominance case.
Pat also has represented clients in numerous landmark antitrust cases, including PacBell Telephone v. linkLine, Bell Atlantic v. Twombly, and United States v. Microsoft, and defended (and occasionally opposed) some of the largest mergers in U.S. history.
On the enabling side of his practice, 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 concept that enables clients to accelerate the capture of merger efficiencies and has developed antitrust compliance programs for companies of all sizes. Pat has counseled and defended clients in a multitude of industries including telecommunications, content and media, online platforms, e-commerce, cyber-security, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, sports, cement, weapons systems, and ice cream.