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Jamillia Ferris and Matthew McDonald rejoin Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as partners

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosatia leading provider of legal services to technology, life sciences and emerging companies around the world, is pleased to announce this Jamillia Ferris AND Matthew McDonald rejoined the company as partners. Both will be based in the Washington, D.C. office. Ferris will be one of two co-chairs of Wilson Sonsini’s antitrust and competition practice, along with former acting FTC Chairman and Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, who joined the firm in January 2024.

Ferris and McDonald most recently worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where Ferris was a partner and head of the U.S. antitrust, competition and trade practice. McDonald was an advisor to Freshfields’ U.S. antitrust, competition and trade practice.

“We are pleased to welcome Jamillia and Matt back at a time of increased regulatory scrutiny of mergers and other transactions, and their return reflects our successful and ongoing efforts to continue to expand our antitrust practice to meet client needs,” he said Doug Clark, managing partner at Wilson Sonsini. “We know it’s important to our clients to have a team that includes former agency officials with advanced experience in key regulatory areas. With the return of Jamillia and Matt and the addition of Maureen Ohlhausen and Taylor Owings earlier this year, we have greatly enhanced this unique strength.”

Wilson Sonsini’s antitrust and competition practice consists of more than 60 attorneys, several of whom are former agency officials with extensive regulatory and enforcement experience. This also applies to practice co-leaders Ferris and Ohlhausen Brent Snyder, who, among other things, held the top criminal antitrust enforcement position at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) based on his work as deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement. Additionally, he served as the Justice Department’s deputy attorney general for antitrust during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations. Snyder currently heads Wilson Sonsini’s Regulatory Practice, which includes the firm’s antitrust practice.

Ferris’ successful practice focuses on representing industry-leading companies before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice in merger matters and civil litigation investigations. She has advised clients on the antitrust aspects of major matters including eBay in its acquisition of TCGPlayer, Coupa in its acquisition by Thoma Bravo, Credit Karma in its acquisition by Intuit, Bungie in its sale to Sony, Zynga in its sale to Take Two, Lumentum in its acquisition of NeoPhotonics and Oclaro, DeepMap when sold to Nvidia and Mandiant when acquired by, among others, Google.

From 2010 to 2013, Ferris worked in the Justice Department’s antitrust division as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and counsel to the deputy attorney general. As the department’s chief of staff, she was responsible for overseeing civil and criminal matters, as well as budget and personnel matters. During this time, she also served as deputy attorney general on numerous law enforcement matters.

In 2014, Ferris was appointed senior advisor to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lead its review of AT&T’s acquisition of DIRECTV and served on the steering committee overseeing the FCC’s review of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

“The return of Jamillia and Matt could not have come at a better time, especially given the increase in enforcement actions, the wide range of industries affected, as well as expanded government oversight and a tougher government stance on antitrust issues generally,” she said Maureen Ohlhausen, partner and co-leader of Wilson Sonsini’s antitrust and competition practice. “I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Jamillia for several years and look forward to working with her as we co-lead our antitrust practice. I join everyone in welcoming her and Matt back to Wilson Sonsini.”

Ferris earned her J.D. with honorsfrom the Elliott School of International Affairs at Georgetown University in 2003. She received her BA from the Elliott School of International Affairs at Georgetown University in 1996. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

McDonald represents industry-leading companies before the FTC and Department of Justice in merger matters and civil investigations, while providing antitrust counsel throughout the due diligence and transaction negotiation process. With a focus on technology, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, retail and consumer goods, and distribution, he brings significant experience across a variety of industries. Additionally, he advises on competitive cooperation and vertical relations.

Early in his career, McDonald was an attorney in the FTC’s Fourth Division of Mergers, where he led the FTC in antitrust merger investigations and litigation. Among other things, he played a key role in the trial team’s successful FTC fight against the Sysco-US Foods merger.

McDonald earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received other academic awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

“Matt and I are excited to return to Wilson Sonsini and have the opportunity to work with many of our former colleagues, as well as those who have joined us more recently,” Ferris said. “The company’s long-standing reputation and position in the technology and life sciences industry is unparalleled. Her clients include both well-known brands and innovative companies that entrust her with the most sophisticated matters. I am excited to play a key role in driving the practice forward.”

The return of Ferris and McDonald follows the addition of two other antitrust partners earlier this year. In January, Wilson Sonsini made the announcement Maureen Ohlhausenformer acting chairman and commissioner of the FTC, joined as a partner in the Washington office while Taylor Owingsformerly chief of staff in the Justice Department’s antitrust division, he joined the New York office as a partner.

About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

For over 60 years, Wilson Sonsini’s legal services and disciplines have focused on serving the major challenges facing corporate boards and management. The firm is recognized nationally as a leading provider for emerging and established clients seeking legal advice to complete advanced corporate and technology transactions; manage corporate governance and scale issues; assisting in the development and protection of intellectual property and intellectual property-based transactions; represent them in disputes; and/or advise them on antitrust or other regulatory matters. With deep roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini has more than 1,000 attorneys and 19 offices in 17 technology, business and regulatory markets across the United States, China and Europe. More information can be found at www.wsgr.com.