Kathleen Bradish Returns to Cleary Gottlieb After Serving as Assistant Chief of the U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division’s International Section

November 5, 2018

Cleary Gottlieb announced that Kathleen Bradish, formerly the Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s International Section, has returned to the firm as a counsel.

She is based in the Washington, D.C. office and will focus on the full range of civil antitrust matters.

“We are thrilled to have Kathy return to the firm,” said Cleary Managing Partner Michael Gerstenzang. “Before leaving for the Department of Justice, Kathy was a respected member of our exceptional global antitrust practice. Her government service and accomplishments have only added to the depth of her experience. Kathy will be a wonderful complement to our already formidable practice.”

Kathy joined the International Section of the Antitrust Division in 2015, where she was quickly promoted to Assistant Chief. During her time with the Division, Kathy interacted with lawyers and economists, assisting with international aspects of merger reviews and investigations. Kathy played an important role coordinating with international antitrust enforcers, and she regularly presented the Division’s enforcement views at international events.

She advised DOJ case teams on issues affecting cooperation with foreign antitrust enforcers and  provided advice to Division leadership on competition issues arising abroad. She negotiated competition provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the EU. Kathy has also participated in bilateral summits with foreign antitrust agencies, including those from China, Canada, and Mexico.

“International antitrust enforcement is of great interest to our multinational clients,” said Dave Gelfand, Cleary antitrust partner and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation at the DOJ Antitrust Division. “There are few lawyers in the field who are as qualified as Kathy is to advise on these difficult issues. She is also an outstanding litigator and antitrust analyst. I couldn’t be happier to be working with her again.”

Before joining the Department of Justice, Kathy was based in Cleary’s Washington, D.C. office, where she advised U.S. and international clients on major transactions and global competition issues. She joined the firm as an associate in 2005 and was elected counsel in 2013.

“I’m excited to be rejoining my former colleagues and friends at Cleary,” said Kathy. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the talented and dedicated lawyers and staff at the Department of Justice, and I look forward to bringing my experience to Cleary’s renowned antitrust practice.”