It (was) almost Festivus. And in 2022, when it comes to the topic of antitrust, the rest of us have more grievances than ever to air. This is the second panel of a two-part discussion series on antitrust, Congress, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), hosted by the Committee for Justice at the Capitol Hill Club on December 15, 2022.
Partner, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
Koren Wong-Ervin is a recognized thought leader and has testified before Congress on domestic and international antitrust issues. She has more than eighteen years of experience, including representing defendants and plaintiffs in high-stakes litigations and representing technology companies in domestic and foreign investigations. Koren previously served at the Federal Trade Commission as an Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Joshua Wright and Counsel for Intellectual Property and International Antitrust. Koren's scholarship has been cited by courts and the Department of Justice. She has authored over sixty articles, including on vertical mergers and restraints, acquisitions of potential competitors, consummated mergers, multisided platforms, the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, incremental innovations or “product hopping,” optimal penalties, extraterritoriality, methodologies for calculating patent infringement damages, and international due process and convergence. Koren has also trained approximately 500 foreign judges and competition enforcers on antitrust law and economics, and spoken at over 150 domestic and international events.
Senior Litigation Counsel, New Civil Liberties Alliance
Mr. Vecchione is a Senior Litigation Counsel for the non-profit New Civil Liberties Alliance representing clients against the Administrative State. He was previously President and CEO of the non-profit Cause of Action Institute, also advancing the constitutional order. He practiced at a number of D.C. area firms, including the eponymous John J. Vecchione Law, PLLC. Mr. Vecchione focuses his practice on strategic litigation in the federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is an experienced trial and appellate advocate having tried cases and argued appeals across the country. He is a member of the bars of the State of New York, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States and many federal courts. His cases are reported in scores of published opinions. He has also published pieces advancing the freedom agenda and constitutional order in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and many other forums.
Ashley Baker (moderator)
Director of Public Policy, The Committee for Justice
Ashley Baker is the Director of Public Policy at the Committee for Justice. Her focus areas include the Supreme Court, regulatory policy, antitrust, and judicial nominations. She has testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on the topic of antitrust law. She is also the founder of the Alliance on Antitrust, a coalition of more than two dozen conservative organizations and individuals defending the consumer welfare standard and the rule of law while fostering a greater understanding of the issues and arguments at the core of the antitrust debate. Ashley is an active member of the Federalist Society, where she serves as a member of both the Regulatory Transparency Project's Antitrust & Consumer Protection and Cyber & Privacy working groups, and as a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, she has served as a speaker on the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary. As an expert on the judicial nomination process, Ashley worked closely on the efforts to confirm Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, in addition to the confirmations of several other key federal judges.