The antitrust division of the Department of Justice is taking on three more lawyers as it reshuffles its team under the new administration.
Co-chair of anti-trust litigation at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, Deborah Platt, joins as deputy assistant attorney general in charge of civil enforcement, and Hunton & Williams partner Hewitt Pate joins as deputy assistant attorney general in charge of regulatory matters. Philip Beck moves from Chicago firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, where he was name partner, to become lead trial lawyer for the Microsoft case. Beck was a founding partner at Bartlit Beck when it formed with 18 other former Kirkland & Ellis lawyers in 1993. In a statement, Charles James, assistant attorney general for antitrust, said: "Beck's extensive litigation experience and ability to deal with complex issues make him a perfect choice to lead the litigation team as the case moves back to the district court for further proceedings, as ordered by the Court of Appeals."