PALO ALTO, CA – 20 September – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, today announced that it has hired Jonathan Jacobson and Charles Biggio as partners based in the firm’s New York office. They join the firm from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where their practice concentrated on civil antitrust litigation, antitrust merger clearance, and agency antitrust investigations.
“Jonathan and Charles add a new dimension to the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice,” said Chairman Larry Sonsini. “We already have amassed an impressive track record of antitrust litigation wins for our clients, especially in the IP sector. Jonathan and Charles’ vast experience brings new knowledge and skills to our antirust practice, and greatly adds to our ability to service clients on the East Coast and nationally.”
Jacobson has served as primary counsel for his clients on a wide variety of antitrust matters and has handled many of the most important antitrust cases in the nation over the last several years. Among others, he defended Coca-Cola in PepsiCo v. Coca-Cola, one of the country’s leading Sherman Act “exclusive dealing” cases, and represented American Express as the central third-party amicus curiae in United States v. Visa USA. Recognized as a leading antitrust scholar and practitioner, Jacobson was appointed by Congress in 2002 to serve on the Antitrust Modernization Commission, which is dedicated to updating the nation’s antitrust laws. He is the editorial chair of the American Bar Association’s well-regarded treatise Antitrust Law Developments and frequently writes and speaks on a gamut of antitrust topics. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School in 1976, and earned his A.B. from Columbia College in 1973.
Before joining Akin Gump as a partner in 1998, Biggio was the acting deputy assistant attorney general for merger enforcement at the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice. During his tenure at the Antitrust Division, he was responsible for formulating and implementing merger enforcement policy. Biggio’s private practice has encompassed a wide range of antitrust legal matters, including advising clients during mergers and acquisitions and the formation of joint venture and IP agreements. In particular, he has extensive experience representing clients in mergers and acquisition matters before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Biggio earned his J.D, with honors, from the Fordham University School of Law in 1985; he graduated from Brown University in 1980 with an A.B. in history and economics.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions. The firm, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, has offices in Austin, New York, Reston, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. It also recently applied to open an office in Shanghai, China. For additional information, please visit www.wsgr.com.