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Corporate Counseling

Corporate Counseling


Welcome to the Corporate Counseling Committee's webpage.

The Corporate Counseling Committee focuses on antitrust issues that are relevant to in-house legal counsel and those who advise them. We examine both issues of current concern as well as the process of counseling in order to aid companies in effectively complying with the antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Corporate Counseling Committee is one of the most active committees of the ABA's Antitrust Section, with a long tradition of sponsoring informative and timely programs, newsletters and books.

The Corporate Counseling Committee website houses key antitrust information for the in-house attorney, including our recent programs and publications, links to valuable resources, and information on enforcement trends and compliance counseling. Information about some of our most popular offerings are linked below, and links to other information (including how to join our Committee's Discussion List) are available in the right hand column. We want the webpage to be a useful and comprehensive resource for in-house counsel, so please let us know if you have any suggestions for making the page more useful.

We invite your suggestions and comments at any time, on any subject related to the Committee. You may contact any member of the Committee's Leadership team:

Suzanne Wachsstock
Margaret (Peggy) Ward

Representative Council Member:
Brian Grube

Vice-Chairs (and areas of responsibility):
Kathleen M. Beasley [Newsletter]
Michelle Christian [Programming]
Robert Davis [Section Comments]
Elai Katz [Publications]
Mary Lehner [Newsletter]
Sandy Pastroff [Programming]
Dana Wagner [Programming and Publications]

Young Lawyer Representative (and areas of responsibility):
Kail Jethmalani

Ongoing Committee Activities

Every month, the Corporate Counseling Committee presents another installment of "Antitrust Update for In-House Counsel." This popular program series features an hour-long conference call in which experienced antitrust practitioners report on the most recent developments in the courts, at the agencies and around the world. There is no fee to participate in the program or the series if you are a member of Section of Antitrust Law. To register for the series, send an email to Suzanne Wachsstock (, Peggy Ward ( or Kail Jethmalani (

There is a $25 fee for non-members of the Antitrust Section to listen in on each update and to receive the written materials. A fee waiver has been provided for non-member lawyers of government agencie (domestic and foreign), non-profit agencies, and law students.

A recording of each program and the presentation materials are available for download by visiting the Corporate Counseling Program Webpage.

The Corporate Counseling Committee's newsletter, The Antitrust Counselor, is published quarterly and provides articles specifically written for in-house counsel. Click here to access an index of the Committee's recent newsletters. If you are interested in contributing to our newsletter, please contact Kathy Beasley ( or Mary Lehner (

Antitrust Compliance Publications

The Corporate Counseling Committee is excited to announce that the second edition of our very popular FAAQ book is now available to order on the Section’s website. The link is below.

Frequently Asked Antitrust Questions is a tremendous resource for practitioners who need quick, plain language answers to questions that arise every day. The book is useful both for the non-expert who needs easy access to the basic rules of the road and for lawyers with significant experience in antitrust law who need to respond quickly and efficiently to questions from clients. Frequently Asked Antitrust Questions is a user-friendly and unique go-to resource for attorneys of all experience levels.

This revision includes two new chapters addressing emerging issues in the areas of intellectual property and antitrust compliance. The prior edition’s discussion of trade associations has also been expanded and now makes up its own chapter. Other chapters also contain expanded material, including additional references and footnotes for practitioners who need to delve deeper into specific issues. Expanded topics include: communications with competitors, dealing with antitrust authorities in the United States and abroad, the Robinson-Patman Act and other pricing issues, vertical arrangements between customers and suppliers, and more.

To purchase your copy, click here: Frequently Asked Antitrust Questions. The price is $99 for section members and $129 and for non-members.

The Corporate Counseling Committee is also the source of two other publications: Antitrust Compliance: Perspectives and Resources for Corporate Counselors, 2nd Edition, and the Interlocking Directorates Handbook.

The Interlocking Directorates Handbook provides history, background, and practical guidance on the application of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, which regulates "corporate interlocks"-- where two competing corporations share one or more directors in common. The Handbook provides a concise history of Section 8, discusses common procedural issues that arise in litigation involving Section 8 claims, summarizes the interplay between Section 8 and other regulatory schemes, and finally, discusses practical guidance and common pitfalls for practitioners.

To purchase your copy, click here: Interlocking Directorates Handbook. The price is $99.99 for section members and $139.00 for non-members.

The second edition of Antitrust Compliance is a great resource for Committee members. It contains new and updated chapters to aid outside and in-house counsel charged with developing or updating their clients' antitrust compliance program. It provides detailed essays exploring specific compliance issues from the perspective of experienced practitioners and antitrust compliance manuals, presentations and other materials that can be customized for use in actual corporate employee training situations.

To purchase your copy, click here: Antitrust Compliance: Perspective and Resources for Corporate Counselors. The price is $179.00 for section members and $199.99 for non-members.

Corporate Counseling Committee

Newsletter Archive

The Corporate Counseling Committee's newsletter, The Antitrust Counselor, is published approximately four times a year. The Antitrust Counselor provides articles written by and/or for in-house counsel specifically. Click "more" for all issues.

Knowledge Database - Resources

The Corporate Counseling Committee has compiled a list of useful links for attorneys counseling corporations on antitrust compliance. The list is international in scope and includes links to enforcement agency guidelines, ABA publications and useful materials assembled by other ABA Antitrust Section Committees. Comments on the resources listed are welcome; please send them to Kail Jethmalani (

Programs/Antitrust Updates

The Corporate Counseling Committee presents a variety of programs that focus on antitrust issues that are relevant to in-house legal counsel and those who advise them. We welcome ideas for topics or other input from members who would like to participate in any of the Committee's programs. Please contact Michelle Christian (, Sandy Pastroff ( or Dana Wagner (

Join Us


Committee Events

Monthly Antitrust Update Program for In-House Counsel (Slides)

January 29, 2018
Section Events

    Monopoly Leveraging: Is It Making A Comeback?


    In Trinko, the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to hold that Section 2 of the Sherman A does not recognize monopoly leveraging -- the use of monopoly power in one market to confer a competitive leg up in a second market. A number of scholars have said that monopoly leveraging is not a cognizable theory ...

    Antitrust-IP Asia Developments


    This panel will review Antitrust-IP developments in India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan in terms of both merger and conduct cases and agency guidance and other non case activity in the Antitrust-IP space. FREE : Antitrust Section Members, Government, Non-profit Employees, Students. $25 Other Non-Members. ...

    Economic Analysis of Partial Acquisitions, JVs, and Alliances


    Like full mergers, business combinations such as partial acquisitions and joint ventures can enhance efficiency and increase output, but they also can change the parties incentives in ways that harm competition. Using recent real-world examples from the oil & gas and airline industriesincluding recent ...



Wachsstock, Suzanne
Ward, Margaret

Council Representative:

Grube, Brian


Beasley, Kathleen
Christian, Michelle
Davis, Robert
Katz, Elai
Lehner, Mary
Pastroff, Sanford

Committee Roster  

Annual Plan, Long Range Plan

Modified by Kail Jethmalani on June 18, 2018

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