Government Experience

  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission—Executive Assistant to the Chairman (1980-1981); Attorney Advisor to the Chair (1978-1980); General Attorney (1975-1978)


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


  • District of Columbia
Wm. Randolph Smith, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2700
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Wm. Randolph Smith is a partner and chair of the firm's Antitrust Group. He is an elected member of the firm's Management Board and Executive Committee. His recent matters include acting as lead antitrust counsel in some of the largest and most significant transactions in the aerospace, telecommunications, mining and chemical industries. Examples include:

  • United Technologies/Hamilton Sundstrand $16 billion acquisition of Goodrich Aerospace.
  • DuPont $5.8 billion acquisition of Danisco and $4.9 billion sale of its automotive and industrial coatings business.
  • United Technologies/UTCFS acquisition of GE Security.
  • AT&T acquisition of Centennial Wireless and proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
  • Rio Tinto sale of Wyoming mining operation to Arch Minerals.
  • Counseling hi-tech company regarding licensing strategies.
  • Third party representations in DOJ investigation of biotech transaction and FTC investigation of on-line advertising transaction.
  • FTC investigations of tying, exclusive licensing, "patent ambush" and competitor collaboration issues.
  • DOJ investigations of teaming agreement and Clayton 8 issues.
  • Multidistrict class action antitrust cases involving AT&T's iPhone.
  • Defense of antitrust counterclaim in trade secret case for DuPont.
  • Robinson-Patman Act litigation in building products.
  • An application for corporate amnesty from criminal prosecution under the Justice Department's "Leniency Program."
  • Purchasing joint ventures for industrial clients.

Mr. Smith's practice involves the full range of antitrust advice associated with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, trade associations, cartel enforcement, e-business, 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, warranty, and other consumer law issues.

His principal client relationships include Alcoa, AT&T, CSX Transportation, DuPont, Enterprise Holdings, Rambus, Rio Tinto, and United Technologies Corporation (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Otis Elevators, Carrier Air Conditioning, Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Systems, Sikorsky Helicopters and UTC Fire & Security).

Mr. Smith has been recognized by The Best Lawyers In America in the area of antitrust law every year 2007-13, and has 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, Attorney Advisor to the Chairman, Acting Assistant Director of the Los Angeles Regional Office, and Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Mr. Smith obtained his law degree in 1975 from Stanford University Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University in 1972. 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.

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