Government Experience

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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • 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
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Robert P. Davis


Robert Davis is an experienced antitrust attorney focusing on competition issues relating to intellectual property, computer technology and the Internet, information services and communications, international antitrust, and energy. He has a broad range of experience in competition agency investigations and litigation, including mergers and acquisitions and conduct cases. Prior to joining Venable, Rob spent more than 10 years at the Federal Trade Commission where he handled a wide range of major merger and competition conduct cases, including the Commission’s investigations of some of the highest-profile technology transactions and competition conduct issues over the last decade.

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 that, 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 serves as a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, Federal Civil Enforcement Committee. He has also served as an editor of the ABA’s Antitrust Source.

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, teaching international trade and finance.

Significant Matters

Rob has advised the FTC chairman on a multitude of 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.

Rob was one of the trial attorneys in the Commission’s standard-setting case against Rambus.