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Wm. Randolph Smith

Partner

wrsmith@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2700
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Wm. Randolph Smith is a partner in (and former chair of) the firm's Antitrust Group. His recent matters include acting as lead antitrust counsel in some of the largest and most significant transactions in the aerospace, telecommunications, and other industries, as well as in government investigations of procurement collusion and other cutting-edge antitrust issues. Examples of significant transactions include:

  • AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, Inc., and its $67 billion acquisition of DIRECTV.
  • Flowers Foods' acquisition of Wonder Bread brand and other assets from the bankrupt estate of Hostess, Inc.
  • United Technologies' $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins and its $16 billion acquisition of Goodrich Aerospace.
  • DuPont, in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Danisco, and the $4.9 billion sale of its automotive and industrial coatings business.
  • Alcoa's $2.85 billion acquisition of Firth Rixson and the $1.5 billion acquisition of RTI International Metals.
  • Enterprise Holdings in its acquisitions of vRide and DEEM.

He also handles government investigations and antitrust litigation, including:

  • DOJ investigations of procurement collusion, teaming agreement, group boycott, information-sharing, and Clayton 8 issues.
  • FTC investigations of tying, exclusive dealing, "patent ambush" and competitor collaboration issues.
  • Third party representations in FTC investigations of aerospace and on-line advertising transactions and DOJ investigations of biotech and online travel transactions.

Mr. Smith's practice involves the full range of antitrust advice associated with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, trade associations, cartel enforcement, the Robinson-Patman Act, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and the interaction of the antitrust laws and intellectual property. In addition, based on his experience in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the FTC, he advises on advertising, and other consumer law issues, in conjunction with the firm's Advertising & Media and PRM groups.

His principal client relationships include Alcoa/Arconic, AT&T, DuPont/Chemours, Enterprise Holdings, Siemens, and United Technologies Corporation (Pratt & Whitney, Otis, Carrier, and Collins Aerospace).

Mr. Smith has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of antitrust law every year from 2007-2020; he has also been named to the Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" list each of those years. He is recommended by every significant publication ranking antitrust lawyers, including Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, and the Global Competition Review's GCR 100.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring in 1981, Mr. Smith completed six years of service with the Federal Trade Commission, where his positions included Executive Assistant to the Chairman.

Mr. Smith obtained his law degree from Stanford University Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University. He has published articles and commentary on recent antitrust developments, and has been on the faculty of numerous antitrust programs.

In The News

Mr. Smith was featured in Of Counsel, discussing his career, the legal profession, and why he decided to practice in the area of antitrust. Click here to download the interview.

Education

  • Tulane University, B.A. (1972) (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Stanford Law School, J.D. (1975) (Stanford Law Review)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and California (inactive)

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"FTC and DOJ Issue Draft of Long-Anticipated Vertical Merger Guidelines," Antitrust Law Alert (January 15, 2020). Contacts: Alexis J. Gilman, Shawn R. Johnson, Wm. Randolph Smith, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Andrew I. Gavil, Martin J. Mackowski, Akhil Sheth
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell & Moring Launches Procurement Collusion Strike Force Response Team (Dec.09.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States (Sep.20.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"In Unprecedented Move, DOJ Turns to Binding Arbitration in Merger Challenge," Antitrust Law Alert (September 12, 2019). Contacts: Wm. Randolph Smith, Randa Adra, Juan A. Arteaga
Client Alert / Newsletter
The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Recognizes 49 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year (Aug.16.2019)
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"District Court Decision in FTC v. Qualcomm Spawns Controversy: Four Issues to Watch on Appeal," Antitrust Law Alert (June 3, 2019). Contacts: Lisa Kimmel, Ph.D., John S. Gibson, Mark A. Klapow, Wm. Randolph Smith, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Akhil Sheth, Kate M. Watkins
Client Alert / Newsletter
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (Apr.29.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"2018 Antitrust M&A Year in Review," Antitrust Law Alert (March 1, 2019). Contacts: Andrew I. Gavil, Alexis J. Gilman, Shawn R. Johnson, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Wm. Randolph Smith
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Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Listed as "Highly Recommended" in Global Competition Review's 19th Annual "GCR 100" (Feb.22.2019)
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"Consummated-Merger Challenge by Private Party Results in First Ever Divestiture," Antitrust Law Alert (October 15, 2018). Contacts: Shaina Vinayek, Alexis J. Gilman, Olivier N. Antoine, Juan A. Arteaga, Shawn R. Johnson, Wm. Randolph Smith, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Ryan C. Tisch
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