John Briggs is one of the most accomplished antitrust lawyers of his generation. He is co-chair of Axinn's Antitrust Group and Managing Partner of the firm's Washington, DC office. He has been lead counsel for dozens of companies on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific in a variety of private and governmental enforcement proceedings, class actions, mergers, cartel matters, and the application of antitrust principles related to the use or abuse of intellectual property. He has handled such matters for dozens of Global 500 companies in diverse industries.
He has also: served as Special Trial Counsel for the United States Comptroller of the Currency in the successful defense of a bank merger challenged by the US Department of Justice; successfully litigated to verdict contested mergers against both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, and been engaged by clients to oppose transactions, including the highly publicized GE-Honeywell matter before the EC.
Before joining Axinn, he served for more than a decade as Chairman of the largest private antitrust practice in the world, during which time he established a very large and successful Brussels office in 2001 and 2002, and acted as lead counsel before the European Commission on cartel and merger matters.
Mr Briggs has been engaged as an expert witness in antitrust and competition law by companies and law firms in contested proceedings in Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the UK, as well as in the US. He teaches International Competition Law at George Washington University Law School as an adjunct Professor.
Mr Briggs is a former Chair of the ABA's Section of Antitrust Law and for more than 20 years, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Reporter now published by Bloomberg. He has been featured by Global Competition Review as one of a small number of lawyers enjoying "A Decade at the Top"; named as one of the Best Lawyers in America every year for more than a decade and is a repeat recipient of the BTI Client Service 'All Star' Award, based on multiple nominations by Fortune 1000 company chief legal officers for "client focus, delivery of results and exceptional understanding of clients' business".
He has published scores of articles on competition law and policy, winning a refereed 2015 Concurrences/GW Award for his published article on the extraterritoriality of US competition law. He has appeared often on television and public radio as a commentator on competition matters and is widely quoted by the print media.
Mr Briggs is a graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center; he served in the Pacific as an officer in the US Navy from 1966-69.