Portrait of

Named as a
National Law Journal 2015
Mergers & Acquisitions
and Antitrust Trailblazer

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)

Education

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

Admissions

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

Wm. Randolph Smith is a partner and chair of the firm's Antitrust Group, which was named a "Practice Group of the Year" in 2014 by Law360. His recent matters include acting as lead antitrust counsel in some of the largest and most significant transactions in the aerospace, telecommunications, and chemical industries. Examples include:

  • AT&T's $67 billion acquisition of DIRECTV, as well as its recent acquisitions of LEAP Wireless and Centennial Wireless.
  • Flowers Foods' 2013 acquisition of Wonder Bread brand and other assets from the bankrupt estate of Hostess, Inc.
  • United Technologies' $16 billion acquisition of Goodrich Aerospace, and proposed sale of its Sikorsky division to Lockheed Martin.
  • DuPont, in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Danisco and $4.9 billion sale of its automotive and industrial coatings business.
  • Alcoa's acquisitions of Firth Rixson, Tital and RTI in 2014-15.

He also handles government investigations and antitrust litigation, including:

  • FTC investigations of tying, exclusive dealing, "patent ambush" and competitor collaboration issues.
  • DOJ investigations of group boycott, teaming agreement, and Clayton 8 issues.
  • Application for corporate amnesty from criminal prosecution under the Justice Department's "Leniency Program."
  • Third party representations in FTC investigations of aerospace and on-line advertising transactions and DOJ investigations of biotech and online travel transactions.
  • 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.

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 APRM practice.

His principal client relationships include Alcoa, AT&T, DuPont, Enterprise Holdings, and United Technologies Corporation (Pratt & Whitney, Otis, Carrier, and UT Aerospace Systems).

Mr. Smith has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of antitrust law every year from 2007-2017; 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 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.



Affiliations

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



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Recent Developments in Merger Control," Queen Mary/Crowell & Moring Global Competition Conference, Brussels (May 2014). Moderator: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Antitrust/Intellectual Property Intersection: Practice Pointers," Widener University/DuPont IP Seminar (September 2010). Speaker: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "What Happens When the FTC Calls: An Antitrust Primer for Retailers Focused on Pending Mall Consolidation," National Retail Tenants Association Webinar (March 23, 2010). Moderator: Gregory D. Call; Panelists: Robert A. Lipstein and Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Collaborate, Consolidate or Die?: Corporate Development and Antitrust Enforcement in a Global Economic Crisis," Crowell & Moring Webinar (September 22, 2009). Co-Presenters: Wm. Randolph Smith and Robert A. Lipstein.
  • U.S. Merger Enforcement In An Economic Crisis: Global Competition Conference (May 15, 2009). Speaker: Wm. Randolph Smith
  • "Antitrust Update," ABA Corporate Counseling Committee Webinar (October 11, 2007). Presenters: Wm. Randolph Smith, Kent A. Gardiner, Jeane A. Thomas, Robert Lipstein, Christopher E. Ondeck, Bridget E. Calhoun, Daniel A. Sasse, Werner Berg and Thomas De Meese.
  • "A Little Bit of Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing: Antitrust Risks for the Unwary," AdvaMed (Medical Device) Conference (September 2007). Presenter: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law - International Merger Control," The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC) and Crowell & Moring LLP Annual Conference 2007, Queen Mary University of London (May 2007). Presenter: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Antitrust In the Life Cycle of a Deal," Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute, Northwestern University School of Law (May 2006). Panelist: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Economics in Merger Control," International Bar Association Annual Meeting, presented with FTC Economics Director and EC Merger Task Force Head (September 2003). Presenter: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Antitrust Trends in the Biotech Industry," BIO 2003 Annual Convention, with FTC Commissioner (June 2003). Panel Moderator: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Antitrust Past, Present and Future," Panel of DOJ and FTC Officials (August 2001). Moderator: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Antitrust and E-Business," 14th Annual Georgetown University Advanced Computer and Internet Law Institute (March 2001). Speaker: Wm. Randolph Smith.
  • "Trial of A Rule of Reason Case," ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting (April 1998). Speaker: Wm. Randolph Smith.


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Firm News & Announcements

Aug.18.2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.24.2016 Chambers Ranks Nine Attorneys and Four Groups in 2016 Global Guide
Feb.02.2016 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 16th Edition 'GCR 100'
Oct.30.2015 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Oct.07.2015 Three Crowell & Moring Partners Named National Law Journal's M&A and Antitrust Trailblazers
Sep.25.2015 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring Advises UTC on Sale of Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin; DOJ Approves Transaction Without Second Request
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.19.2015 Crowell & Moring's Wm. Randolph Smith Named American Lawyer's 'Dealmaker of the Week'
Jul.21.2015 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Advises AT&T on Acquisition of DIRECTV, DOJ Will Not Challenge Acquisition
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
May.05.2015 Chambers Ranks 12 Attorneys and Eight Groups in 2015 Global, Europe, and U.K. Guides
Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.04.2014 Crowell & Moring Launches Israel Practice
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2014 25 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jan.31.2014 Crowell & Moring Among Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Competition, Consumer Protection, and Government Contracts
Nov.14.2013 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 14th Edition "GCR 100" in D.C. and New York
Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.01.2013 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
May.24.2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Apr.25.2013 Crowell & Moring Named Finalist in Global Competition Review's Third Annual "GCR Awards"
Dec.03.2012 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 13th Edition "GCR 100" in D.C. and New York
Sep.04.2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jun.01.2012 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012
Feb.01.2012 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's "GCR 100" and "New York's Finest" Special Reports
Dec.15.2011 Seven Crowell & Moring Attorneys Included in Washingtonian’s 2011 “Top Lawyers” Issue
Aug.30.2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.10.2011 Chambers USA Ranks Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jun.09.2011 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review’s "GCR 100" and "U.S. Government Antitrust" Surveys
Jun.01.2011 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2011
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2010 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2010
Jun.11.2010 Chambers USA Ranks 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 14 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
May.01.2010 Ten Crowell & Moring Lawyers and Nine Practice Areas Ranked in PLC Which Lawyer?
Feb.01.2010 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured In Global Competition Review's Annual "GCR 100" List
Sep.01.2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2009 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009
Jul.23.2008 16 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2008
Jun.13.2008 Chambers USA Ranks 33 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
Mar.28.2008 Crowell & Moring LLP Antitrust Group Recognized as One of The Elite GCR 100
Mar.27.2008 Eight Crowell & Moring Lawyers Ranked In PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook
Sep.11.2007 The Best Lawyers in America 2008 Recognizes 34 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.21.2007 Chambers USA Ranks 28 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas
Apr.12.2007 Seven Crowell & Moring Attorneys Ranked in PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook
Apr.02.2007 Crowell & Moring Client AT&T Receives Court Approval For AT&T-SBC Merger Government Settlement
Oct.27.2005 Crowell & Moring LLP Client SBC Communications Inc. Receives Clearance From U.S. Department of Justice For Merger With AT&T
Aug.04.2005 Crowell & Moring LLP Assists United Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney Division in Obtaining Antitrust Clearance For Acquisition of Boeing's Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power
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