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Jeff Schmidt

Antitrust & Foreign Investment Partner, Washington D.C.


Member of the District of Columbia Bar


Jeff joined Linklaters after serving for almost three years as the director of the Bureau of Competition of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. As director, he was responsible for the supervision of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust enforcement in all merger and non-merger cases. The 300-member Bureau of Competition conducts antitrust reviews of a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage and consumer products.

Prior to joining the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Jeff was in private practice as a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. His practice focused on merger matters, civil antitrust litigation and cartel enforcement proceedings.

Jeff has been a long-time member of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and the co-chair of its Economics Committee. He is a former chair of the State Action/Noerr-Pennington Committee and editor of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s monograph on the Noerr-Pennington doctrine. Jeff has been recognized in Chambers USA, Legal 500 U.S. and The International Who’s Who Competition Lawyers and Economists.

Professional experience
  • 2008 - Partner, Linklaters, New York
  • 2005 - 2008 Director of the Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission
  • 2003 - 2005 Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • 2001 - 2002 Chief Legal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Transora, Chicago, IL
  • 1987 - 2000 Partner, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Washington, D.C.
  • 1985 - 1987 Attorney Adviser to Commissioner Calvani, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • 1979 - University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, Note and Comment Editor, Hastings Law Journal
  • 1976 - University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with honors