Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is continuing to grow its US antitrust capabilities, this time bringing onboard Andrew Ewalt, a longtime Department of Justice (DOJ) official who was the counselor to another recent Freshfields hire, Eric Mahr, the former director of litigation in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.
Ewalt joins Freshfields’ Washington, DC, office as a partner after more than a decade at the DOJ, spanning three presidential administrations. He had the unusual distinction of litigating both civil and criminal antitrust cases in a Division where most attorneys specialize in one or the other.
Ewalt said that he wasn’t looking to move to private practice, but the prospect of a change emerged from staying in touch with Mahr, who joined Freshfields in February after departing the DOJ in November 2017.
“He would share some of his experiences,” Ewalt said. “It piqued my interest.”
“I really got a feel for this culture that has been created at the firm where attorneys from all over the world work creatively across borders to provide quality service for clients,” he explained.