, an independent newsletter covering antirust, consumer protection and
privacy enforcement, published a May 11, 2021, story on Washington, D.C.,
Wrede Smith’s recent move to McGuireWoods.
Smith, a former U.S. Department of Justice antitrust lawyer, joined
McGuireWoods’ Antitrust, Trade & Commercial Litigation Department on
April 5. In the FTCWatch piece, he discussed why he
joined the firm, how he decided to focus on antitrust law and how antitrust enforcement
may change under the Biden administration.
“There is a divide among the commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission
about pharmaceutical mergers, and it will be interesting to see how that
plays out,” he said.
Smith also described his experience serving in the Teach for America
program between college and law school. He taught fourth- and fifth-graders
in St. Louis for two years and called it “the most challenging job I had in
some ways.” The skills he developed there helped prepare him to be a trial
lawyer, he said.
“Both require the ability to take a concept and break it down so it is
understandable. And I also learned that it is important when you are
explaining a concept to understand where your audience is coming from,” he