Overview

Alicia Batts has extensive experience representing clients in antitrust matters in a multitude of business sectors. Fortune 500 and other leading companies turn to Alicia for creative solutions to competitive impact concerns raised by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). Alicia’s 30-plus years in competition law include a two-year tenure as an attorney adviser to an FTC commissioner, where she gained firsthand insight into the processes and analysis that inform enforcement actions. Alicia’s practice includes the full range of antitrust and unfair competition-related counsel and litigation, including consumer protection matters before the FTC and state authorities and international merger enforcement. She is a trusted advocate for clients facing sensitive, non-public antitrust and unfair competition-related matters, as well as multijurisdictional matters. She also represents high-profile clients in class actions and competitor suits.

Antitrust Counsel, Investigations & Disputes

Alicia represents parties in merger and civil antitrust enforcement actions, FTC consumer protection enforcement actions, antitrust litigation, and antitrust counterclaims in intellectual property disputes. She works to resolve FTC and DOJ conduct enforcement investigations confidentially — without need for litigation or consent agreements.

Alicia has provided antitrust counsel to clients in the manufacturing, publishing, energy, biologics, chemical, defense, health care and financial services industries. She provides guidance and training to clients related to antitrust compliance with the Sherman, Clayton, FTC, Webb-Pomerene and Robinson-Patman Acts. She also provides distribution advice for manufacturers, multilevel distribution systems and dealers. Alicia guides clients entering into:

  • Government antitrust conduct investigations
  • Second Request and antitrust consent negotiations
  • Strategic alliances or competitor collaborations
  • Joint research or buying activities, including sharing of sensitive information 
  • Exclusive dealing arrangements, including bundling, rebate or loyalty programs

Antitrust Litigation

Alicia represents parties in antitrust litigation filed by both government enforcement agencies and private parties. She defends and represents companies pursuing claims under the United States and state antitrust laws, including.

  • Sherman Act Section 1 and 2 Claims
  • Clayton Act litigation
  • Robinson-Patman litigation
  • Antitrust counterclaims to intellectual property claims

Personal Interests

Besides spending time with family and friends, Alicia spends her free time traveling, enjoying the outdoors and playing tennis. She is also active in Harvard alumni activities and served as a Freshman Class Convocation Marshal in 2017.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

Columbia Law School
J.D. Columbia Business Law Review - Managing Editor (1990)

Harvard College
A.B. in Social Studies (1987)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Antitrust Section, Previous Vice Chair
  • American Bar Association — Health Care Section
  • Antitrust Law Journal — Former Editor
  • Diverse Partners Network¬

Civic Activities

  • The Links Incorporated — Capital City Chapter
  • Appleseed Foundation — Former Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Honors

  • American Lawyer — 2014 Global M&A Deal of the Year for Ares/Neiman Marcus $6 Billion Transaction, 2014
  • The Deal Magazine — 2011 Private Equity Deal of the Year for Grifols S.A./Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings Corp Merger
  • Global Competition Review — 2011 Merger Control Matter of the Year Finalist
  • Black Enterprise — America’s Top Black Lawyers, 2004
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