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This week, Venable announced the addition of antitrust attorney Eric Berman as counsel in the Washington, DC office. Berman represents clients in major merger reviews and litigation as well as advertising and consumer protection claims before the Federal Trade Commission. He has handled all areas of antitrust issues, including representing companies before the FTC and the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in merger reviews and counseling companies and associations on antitrust compliance issues. Berman also focuses on consumer protection matters governed by the FTC, including working with companies in the home building and construction products, health, weight loss, dietary supplement and nutrition sectors.

In an interview with Global Competition Review on August 6, 2014, Berman said in recent years that his antitrust practice was beginning to pick up more advertising work. “I began considering a move to a firm where I could continue to evolve that aspect of my practice,” he said. “Fortunately, Venable – arguably the top advertising law firm in the US – has such a busy docket that its interests in adding more firepower to its ranks and my interests in joining such a top-tier practice aligned.” Berman said one of the big draws to Venable was its “immense” litigation strength, adding, “When an opportunity like this one presents itself, you snatch it immediately.”

News of Berman’s move was also featured in the Washington Business Journal on August 7 and The Deal Pipeline on August 8.