Nicholas A. Widnell
Areas of Practice
George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1998; Executive Editor, George Mason Law Review, Adrian S. Fisher Award Winner, 1995-96
University of Chicago, B.A., with Honors, 1992
Hon. E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1998-99
District of Columbia
Nick Widnell’s practice focuses on antitrust counseling and litigation, including representing clients before the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on a wide array of antitrust issues. He has worked on antitrust matters for over twenty years, including both merger and civil, non-merger matters involving hospitals, pharmaceuticals, retail, high-tech, and defense industries.
While at the Commission, he served as a Deputy Assistant Director of the Anticompetitive Practices Division. In that role he managed antitrust investigations covering a variety of unilateral and coordinated conduct in diverse industries ranging from industrial inputs and services to consumer products, including the Commission’s settlement addressing alleged misuse of standard essential patents in Motorola, Inc. and Google. He also served as Counsel to the Director of the Bureau of Competition and as an attorney in the Mergers IV Division. While in Mergers IV, he worked on a number of litigated mergers, including FTC v. Whole Foods Markets, Inc., FTC v. Inova Health Systems Foundation, FTC v. CSL Limited, and FTC v. ProMedica Health System Inc.
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Widnell practiced antitrust law at a firm in Washington, DC. In addition, while attending law school, he worked full time at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant to the Chief of the Merger Task Force. Mr. Widnell speaks and writes frequently on antitrust, health care and technology issues.
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
Federal Trade Commission:
Janet D. Steiger Award, 2008, 2009, and 2012
Bureau of Competition Director’s Award, 2009
Meritorious Service Award, 2007
Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice:
Assistant Attorney General Outstanding Contribution Award, 1995
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law:
Vice Chair, Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee, 2013 – Present
Vice Chair, Books and Treatises Committee, 2010 – 2013