Leading Federal Trade Commission Attorney
Brings Nearly 25 Years of Experience to Antitrust Team

WASHINGTON, DC (April 23) -- Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that Melanie Sabo joined the firm’s Washington, DC office on April 22 as a partner on the internationally ranked Antitrust Team. Ms. Sabo, with nearly 25 years of antitrust experience, served the past six years as the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Assistant Director of the Anticompetitive Practices Division.

“Melanie gives our clients yet another outstanding resource,” said Connie Robinson, Co-Chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Antitrust Team. “She will be able to offer our clients FTC expertise at the highest level. Melanie’s knowledge gained from handling numerous ‘front-page’ antitrust FTC matters will be absolutely invaluable. I don’t think there is a key issue she hasn’t encountered, particularly in the high-tech area.”

“Kilpatrick Townsend is the right fit for my practice,” said Melanie Sabo. “I wanted to be a part of a firm recognized for providing clients preeminent service in the antitrust arena and with Kilpatrick Townsend I have found that firm. My unique experience gained at the FTC will offer clients additional range and depth on issues directly affecting them.”

As Assistant Director in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition in charge of the Anticompetitive Practices Section, Ms. Sabo handled the Commission’s most significant investigations and enforcement actions relating to anticompetitive conduct. With a staff of 32 lawyers, she was responsible for all aspects of investigating leads, managing cases, negotiating consents, and litigation of matters involving: monopolization and monopoly maintenance; exclusive dealing; horizontal restraints; invitations to collude; standard setting organizations; Section 5 of the FTC Act; and exemptions and immunities.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Sabo served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice from 1993 to 1998. Here, she worked on several high-profile mergers, price-fixing investigations, and represented the United States in two criminal trials and several Tunney Act proceedings.

Ms. Sabo has also worked in private practice. As a partner on K&L Gates Competition Law & Economic Regulation Practice Group, she led all aspects of numerous merger investigations, including pre-deal analysis of antitrust risks, responses to Second Requests and CIDs, coordination with co-counsel and economic experts, presentations to agency staff and officials, consent decree negotiations, divestiture approvals, and establishment of compliance programs for continuing obligations. She is also experienced in defending clients involved in multi-state antitrust investigations and criminal cartel matters.

Previously, Ms. Sabo served as counsel on King & Spalding’s Litigation & Trade Practice Group where she focused on litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and antitrust counseling including managing the defense of a billion-dollar global biopharmaceutical company against claims of price-fixing and market allocation by class plaintiffs and direct action plaintiffs.

Ms. Sabo graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, and attained her Biomedical Engineering degree from Boston University, cum laude.

In November 2012, Kilpatrick Townsend’s Antitrust Team was once again named one of the top antitrust practices in the world as selected by Global Competition Review (GCR), the leading international journal of competition policy and regulation. Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Connie Robinson, who co-chairs Kilpatrick Townsend’s Antitrust Team with Partner Peter Boyle, is also an entrant in the prestigious International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2013.

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