ABA Antitrust Fall Forum

American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

Speaking Engagement | November.16.2017 | 7:30am - 6:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)

The National Press Club

Orrick partner Alex Okuliar will participate in a panel at the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Fall Forum on Thursday, November 16.

Innovation, IP and Disruptive Technologies

In both antitrust and consumer protection, the impact that a merger or potential action by a company will have on innovation frequently arises as a factor agencies will consider when evaluating potential transactions and the conduct of businesses. Topics will include IP rights, consideration of innovation in antitrust analysis, disruptive technologies in consumer protection, and data ownership.


CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Alex Okuliar Partner Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust/Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

Alex is an antitrust lawyer and former senior government enforcer with experience handling deals and disputes in many industry sectors, including in particular matters involving technology, data, and innovation issues. 

Alex divides his practice between transactions, counseling, and litigation. From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He focused heavily on key developments raising new issues for US and global regulators, including big data, the growth of online technology platforms, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on technology and finance. Alex also worked on dozens of energy, health care and hospital matters while at the FTC and DOJ and continues to practice in those sectors.

Prior to his government service, Alex spent more than a decade in private practice at other leading international law firms. He defended the transactions of domestic and international technology, media, and energy clients before antitrust agencies and represented class action defendants in federal and state court litigation around the United States.

Alex is frequently recognized for the quality of his work and client service. In 2018, Chambers named him a "Recognised Practitioner" in its ranking of DC antitrust lawyers. He was also individually acknowledged as "excellent" by Global Competition Review in its 2018 ranking of the world's antitrust practices. Legal 500 referred to his client representations in its review of recommended US merger review practices in 2017 and 2018, and GCR and Who's Who Legal named him a "Future Leader" in 2017 and 2018. Clients have praised him as a "high-quality deal lawyer" with "excellent DOJ experience."

Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.