Mark W. Nelson is a partner based in the Washington, D.C. office; he joined the firm in 1993 and became a partner in 2002. His practice focuses on U.S. and EU antitrust matters, with an emphasis on merger cases. His U.S. practice background includes extensive merger work and antitrust counseling, as well as litigation experience in both civil and criminal matters, as well as in FTC administrative proceedings. His European practice involves merger cases at both the EU and Member State levels, and defending actions involving alleged restraints of trade and abuses of dominant position. He has also been actively involved in litigation, investigations, and counseling in matters involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, in particular in the context of standards-setting.
Mr. Nelson has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including, among others, airlines, aluminum, cement, computer networking equipment, consumer products, industrial equipment, fiber optic systems and components, financial information services, foreign exchange trading, oil and gas, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, software, travel services, and wireless telephony. Mr. Nelson is distinguished as one of the leading antitrust lawyers by Chambers USA. He is also listed in the U.S. Legal 500.
Mr. Nelson is part of the leadership of the ABA's Antitrust Section, as Vice-Chair of the Economics Committee, and was on the Editorial Board for the most recent release of the ABA's antitrust treatise, Antitrust Law Developments. He has written articles and contributed to a variety of publications, including Global Competition Review, Competition Law of the European Community, Antitrust Law Developments, European Merger Control Law (chapter on U.S. merger control), and International Computer Law. He is also a frequent speaker on antitrust law, including on the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, the merger review process, and compliance training programs.
He was resident in the Brussels office for three years. Prior to joining Cleary, Gottlieb, he served as a law clerk to Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.