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Government Experience

  • Federal Trade Commission—Attorney Advisor on Antitrust and Competition Policy, Office of the Chairwoman (2010-2015)


  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. economics magna cum laude
  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. economics
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D.


  • California
  • District of Columbia

Antitrust in the Digital Age: How Antitrust Investigations into Big Tech Impact Companies in Every Industry

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Crowell & Moring's Regulatory Forecast 2020

Regulatory Forecast 2020

Lisa Kimmel, Ph.D.

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2749
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Lisa Kimmel is a senior counsel in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust & Competition Group. She resides in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Lisa's practice covers merger and civil nonmerger antitrust investigations and antitrust counseling. Lisa also advocates for clients on competition policy matters before federal and state antitrust agencies, focusing in particular on the technology and digital commerce sectors.

Lisa joined Crowell & Moring in 2015 from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she worked for nearly five years as an attorney advisor on antitrust and competition policy matters for Commissioner and later, Chairwoman, Edith Ramirez. During her time at the FTC, Lisa advised the chairwoman on antitrust enforcement and policy matters across a broad range of sectors, and was her lead advisor on antitrust enforcement and competition policy matters in the technology sector, including matters related to industry standards and the acquisition or assertion of intellectual property rights. Before joining the FTC, Lisa practiced with the antitrust group at an AmLaw 100 firm, where she worked in the firm's San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices.

Lisa’s recent private practice experience includes:

  • Representing leading wireless technology company in antitrust litigation related to the licensing of its standard-essential patents.
  • Advising global computer hardware and technology company on antitrust and patent licensing issues associated with the development of industry standards.
  • Assisting national chemical company with the acquisition of divestiture assets in a merger proceeding.
  • Providing online retailer with counseling and advocacy assistance in association with FTC rulemaking.
  • Counseling nationwide consumer products company with regard to FTC antitrust investigation.

Lisa earned her J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an active member of the ABA Antitrust Section, where she is vice-chair of the Media & Technology Committee, past editor of the Unilateral Conduct Committee newsletter, and co-editor of a forthcoming revision to the Handbook on Antitrust Aspects of Standard Setting. Lisa is a member of the MLex Antitrust Advisory Board and speaks and writes regularly on antitrust issues involving the technology sector and intellectual property rights.


Admitted to practice: California, District of Columbia

Recent Highlights, News & Knowledge

"Antitrust, Patents and Licensing, Oh My!" AIPLA Antitrust Law Annual Meeting: Antitrust, Licensing, Open-Source Program (October 29, 2020). Panelist: Lisa Kimmel. Speech/Presentation
FTC: Ninth Circuit's Qualcomm Mistakes Threaten Antitrust Law Global Competition Review (September 28, 2020) Media Mentions
FTC v. Qualcomm Ruling Makes Challenges To Novel Business Practices Harder – ABA Webinar PaRR Global (September 3, 2020) Media Mentions
The Major Antitrust Conduct Cases Of 2020 So Far Law360 (July 17, 2020) Media Mentions
Apple, Intel Try To Storm A DOJ-Backed Patent 'Fortress' Law360 (April 30, 2020) Media Mentions
"Chapter 13: Antitrust and Intellectual Property Licensing," Wolters Kluwer Licensing Update 2020 (April 2020). Authors: Lisa Kimmel and Eric Fanchiang. Publication
"Summary of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stimulus Legislation," Tax Alert (March 27, 2020). Contacts: James G. Flood, Robert Holleyman, Tim Shadyac, S. Starling Marshall, Laurel Pyke Malson, W. Scott Douglas, Jacinta Alves, Thomas P. Gies, Scott Lessne, Eric Homsi, David W. O'Brien, Matthew Vicinanzo, Joshua Boswell, Trey Flowers, Peter Gray, Lisa Kimmel, Ph.D. Client Alert / Newsletter
"Antitrust in the Digital Age," Crowell & Moring's Regulatory Forecast 2020 (February 26, 2020). Contributors: Shawn R. Johnson, Wm. Randolph Smith, Jeane A. Thomas, Andrew I. Gavil, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Alexis J. Gilman, Jason C. Murray, Lisa Kimmel, and Thomas De Meese. Publication
In FTC Probe Of Small (Big) Tech Deals, Knowledge Is Power Law360 (February 19, 2020) Media Mentions
FTC Goes Toe-To-Toe-To-Toe With Qualcomm, DOJ Law360 (February 11, 2020) Media Mentions