J. Brent Justus


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  • Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 2000
  • The College of William & Mary, BS, Government and Chemistry, summa cum laude, 1997
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2018-present

Co-Chair, Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee, American Bar Association, 2017-present

President, 2011-2012, Antitrust, Franchise and Trade Regulation Section, Virginia State Bar

President, 2009-2012, Rebuilding Together of Richmond

Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association

Member, District of Columbia Bar Association

Member, Federalist Society

Brent is an antitrust lawyer who advises clients on a range of competition issues, with a particular focus on cartel defense, litigation, and merger clearances. He has litigated matters in federal courts throughout the United States and has handled cases under virtually every aspect of the antitrust laws including monopolization, price fixing, vertical conspiracies, boycotts, and price discrimination, as well as a number of state antitrust and unfair competition statutes. Brent also has successfully represented both corporate clients and individuals located throughout the world in connection with global criminal antitrust cartel investigations. His practice has included representation of clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and the European Commission Directorate General for Competition.

In addition, Brent has worked extensively on merger investigations involving both domestic and European companies and coordinates the preparation of both Hart-Scott-Rodino and international premerger clearance filings.

Brent is regularly featured as a speaker on a diverse range of antitrust-related topics and serves as the co-chair of the Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee of the ABA’s Antitrust Section. He is also an editor of the three-volume State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (Fifth) published by the ABA Antitrust Section, serves on the Board of the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and is a past chair of the Antitrust Section of the Virginia State Bar.

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J. Brent Justus
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Served as lead counsel for specialty home products manufacturer in consolidated multi-state class action in which plaintiffs alleged nearly $1 billion in total damages from purported horizontal and vertical antitrust conspiracies.

Representation of industry-leading manufacturer in global cartel investigation involving simultaneous government investigations in Europe, Canada and the United States.

Coordinated the successful merger clearance of two global manufacturers, handling simultaneous investigations by authorities in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Representation of large multinational corporation in the establishment and maintenance of antitrust compliance and audit programs across multiple business units.

Representation of major food company in antitrust litigation brought by competitor asserting both conspiracy and monopolization claims.

Regular representation of both buyers and sellers regarding the antitrust implications of major corporate transactions, including Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification and investigations in the United States and the coordination of pre-merger notification filings in other jurisdictions around the world.

Frequent advisor to merger arbitrage funds regarding the timing and likelihood of government antitrust challenges to announced merger transactions.

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Antitrust Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2011-2015

Co-author, "Antitrust Division Views on Wage-Fixing and No-Poach Agreements," Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Summer 2018
Co-author, "United States Competition Law Considerations in Corporate Restructurings," Reorganizing Failing Businesses: A Comprehensive Review and Analysis of Financial Restructuring and Business Reorganization, Third Edition, 2017
Moderator, "Is Cartel Leniency Still Worth It," ABA Section of Antitrust Law 2018 Spring Meeting, April 12, 2018
Moderator, "The Interplay between Public and Private Cartel Enforcement," GCR Live 3rd Annual Cartels, April 10, 2018
Moderator, "Hart-Scott-Rodino Basics," ABA Antitrust Section webinar, February 8, 2018
Panelist, "Vertical Mergers – Views Across the Border," CBA Fall Conference on Competition Law, October 2017
Speaker, "Current Issues in Antitrust," Compliance in the Real World — A Practical Roundup of Today’s Top Issues, October 2017
Speaker, "Pre-Merger Coordination: From Value Confirmation to Value Capture," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement Conference, October 2017
Speaker, "Monthly Antitrust Developments Update," Corporate Counseling Committee Program, ABA Antitrust Section, May 2017
Moderator, "Ask Me Anything About…Cartel Investigations In Asia," ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee, March 2017
Speaker, "Competitor Collaborations and Joint Ventures," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement, McGuireWoods Seminar, December 2016
Speaker, "To Merge or Not to Merge . . . The Top Issues to Consider Before Jumping On The Merger Bandwagon," IAHA 34th Annual Health Law Symposium, November 2016
Moderator, "Ask Me Anything About...Cartel Investigations in the EU," ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee, October 2016
Speaker, "U.S. Department of Justice suing activist for alleged Hart-Scott-Rodino violation," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, May 2016
Panelist, "Getting Your Client’s Products and Services to Market: Evolving Distribution Models and Issues in Domestic and Foreign Markets," 43rd Advanced Business Law Conference, Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, April 2016
Moderator, The DOJ Amnesty Program After The Yates Memo, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Civil Practice and Procedure Committee and Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee, March 2016
Moderator, Cartel Investigations in Latin America, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practie Committee, November 2015
Speaker, "Catch as Catch Can": Extradition of Cartel Members, Antitrust Law Section Horizontal Restraints Committee, New York State Bar Association, November 2015
Speaker, "Gun Jumping: Premerger Antitrust Compliance," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, October 2015
Moderator, "Ask Me Anything About… Conducting the Investigation After the Dawn Raid," ABA Section of Antitrust Law, July 2015
Speaker, "Showcase CLE: Caveat Emptor: International Mergers and Acquisitions," 77th Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, June 2015
Moderator, "Ask Me Anything About... Dawn Raids," ABA Section of Antitrust Law, March 2015
Speaker, "Analyzing Conspiracies with Both Vertical and Horizontal Components," ABA Section of Antitrust Law, January 2015
Moderator, "Ask Me Anything About… Markers and Leniency," ABA Section of Antitrust Law, January 2015
Speaker, "Strategies for Successful Compliance Programs Pitfalls and Traps for the Unwary," Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, June 2012
October Antitrust Bulletin, October 25, 2012
August Antitrust Bulletin, August 23, 2011