David Clanton is a partner at Baker and McKenzie in Washington, D.C. where he is the co-chair of the firm’s Global Antitrust and Competition Group. The Group includes more than 300 lawyers and other professionals in 36 countries. Prior to joining Baker and McKenzie, Clanton served as a commissioner and acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Clanton initiated the publication of Baker and McKenzie’s Global Merger Control Manual, now in its 8th edition. He is listed in legal directories such as Washington DC Super Lawyers and Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers.
Clanton represents clients on a wide variety of antitrust matters, including multi-jurisdictional merger and cartel investigations. He often deals with the antitrust aspects of M&A transactions, especially in responding to second requests, negotiating settlements and defending clients in litigation. He also represents clients in cartel investigations, such as negotiating amnesty agreements, responding to grand jury subpoenas and defending follow-on private treble damage lawsuits.
Mr. Clanton received his bachelor of arts from Andrews University in 1966 and his juris doctorate from Wayne Law in 1969, where he was a member of the Law Review.