For this year’s Antitrust Advent Calendar we also turned to some very renowned and prominent figures from the field and asked them one question: What is your advice to people starting with antitrust law these days? Today, Deborah P. Majoras gives her answer:
A few words of advice for new antitrust lawyers: First, think of yourselves as enablers of markets, spending time not only on understanding antitrust law, but on understanding markets and how they work; without an understanding of, and appreciation for markets, antitrust law enforcement is an empty pursuit. Second, work to become a strong contributor not only to each matter, but to the antitrust legal profession as a whole; by doing so, you will add great value not only to specific matters but to the overall development of responsible antitrust law enforcement, while constantly learning and enriching your own career.
Deborah P. Majoras is the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of The Procter & Gamble Company. From 2004 to 2008 she chaired the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. From 2001, she served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Prior to that she was a partner in Jones Day’s antitrust section.