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Brian J. Whittaker



Brian Whittaker is a litigator who represents clients involved in disputes and subject to regulatory actions, with experience in numerous federal and state courts and before a variety of regulatory agencies.

What do you focus on?

I help clients with complex and high profile cases in three main areas.

Antitrust

I work with companies seeking to comply with antitrust laws and investigations involving transactions and activities subject to federal and state government review, including filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act), international cartel investigations and responses to subpoenas and Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs). We have successfully represented international corporations using the amnesty program of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, coordinated obtaining amnesty/leniency in jurisdictions around the world and obtained clearance of a wide range of mergers and acquisitions under the HSR Act, including successful resolution of transactions that included requests for additional information (Second Requests).

Business & Commercial Disputes

I represent companies and individuals nationwide to resolve business disputes using effective negotiation and litigation strategies. I have represented clients in a variety of disputes involving torts, complex contracts, partnerships, trusts and real estate transactions, among others. I have also litigated and resolved numerous disputes related to government contracts and transactions involving federal agencies.

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

I represent clients, including a number of pro bono clients, with a variety of constitutional and civil rights claims. I have also helped numerous companies facing state and federal employee discrimination claims. Many of these cases have involved significant appellate practice in multiple federal courts of appeal, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

What do you see on the horizon?

Companies will need to be aware of potential antitrust issues as blockchain or distributed ledger projects and applications go mainstream, with collaborating companies, and potentially competitors, in various industries.

Publication

  • “Twenty-Third Survey of White Collar Crime,” Public Corruption, 2008 (coauthor).

Working to keep employees from being poached? Not so fast.

HR Dive | November 04, 2018

Washington DC partner Alycia Ziarno and associate Brian Whittaker, and Boston counsel Ricardo Rauseo-Ricupero, all of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group, are quoted in this article about their recent webinar detailing key considerations and best practices regarding “no-poach” agreements.

Trans student files motion to defend Frederick school policy

Washington Blade | October 22, 2017

This article mentions Washington DC commercial litigation attorneys John Hayes, Brian Whittaker and Ken Nichols for serving as counsel on the motion to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the Frederick County School Board and its policies to prevent discrimination against transgender students in the school system.

ACLU takes legal action defending rights of Maryland transgender students

LGBT Weekly | October 19, 2017

This article mentions Washington DC commercial litigation attorneys John Hayes, Brian Whittaker and Kenneth Nichols for serving as counsel on the motion to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the Frederick County School Board and its policies to prevent discrimination against transgender students in the school system.

Hart-Scott-Rodino considerations for 2017

Law360 | February 01, 2017

Washington, DC commercial litigation partner Alycia Ziarno and associate Brian Whittaker co-authored this column about the Hart-Scott-Rodino act and what companies and investors should consider in 2017.

Contact

Brian J. Whittaker

Associate

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8234


Fax: 866-741-0536

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude

University of Kentucky, BSc., summa cum laude

Virginia

District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court, District of the District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

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