Robert P. Davis

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Rob Davis is an experienced antitrust attorney who focuses on competition issues involving associations, transportation, intellectual property, computer technology, and the Internet. Rob has a broad range of experience in competition agency investigations and antitrust litigation, including mergers and conduct cases. Prior to joining Venable, Rob worked at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he handled a wide range of antitrust cases, including the FTC's investigations of high-profile technology transactions and competition conduct issues. Rob was an attorney advisor to FTC Chairman Leibowitz from 2005 to 2011, advising him on key antitrust investigations, enforcement actions, policy initiatives, and legislative actions.

Prior to joining Chairman Leibowitz's office, he was a staff attorney in the FTC's Bureau of Competition, where he focused on computer and Internet technology, standard-setting, and state regulation.

Rob was an instructor at the University of Washington Economics Department, where he taught macro- and microeconomics, and the Seattle University Albers School of Business, where he taught international trade and finance.


Government Experience

  • Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition
  • Attorney Advisor, Federal Trade Commission, Office of Commissioner Jon Leibowitz
  • Attorney Advisor, Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Chairman

Representative Matters

  • Advised the FTC chairman on numerous antitrust enforcement matters, including the Google/DoubleClick and Google/AdMob deals, the Commission's investigation and case involving Intel, and the revisions to the Horizontal Merger Guidelines
  • Served as one of the trial attorneys in the FTC's standard-setting case against Rambus




  • M.A. University of Washington 1998
  • J.D. magna cum laude New York University School of Law 1989
  • B.S. State University of New York at Albany 1986

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Vice chair, American Bar Association (ABA), Antitrust Section Corporate Counselling Committee
  • Former vice chair, ABA, Antitrust Section Federal Enforcement and IP Committees
  • Former editor, ABA's Antitrust Source
  • Former instructor, macro- and microeconomics, University of Washington Economics
  • Former instructor, international trade and finance, Seattle University Albers School of Business