Katherine Clemons represents clients in a wide variety of antitrust matters. Her practice includes antitrust compliance counseling and assisting clients with government reviews of mergers and acquisitions, filing obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, civil and criminal government investigations, and complex civil antitrust litigation.

Ms. Clemons maintains an active pro bono practice, including representation of a death row inmate with strong actual innocence claims in state and federal habeas proceedings and representation of class plaintiffs in civil rights litigation under Title VII.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable S. James Otero of the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.

Ms. Clemons graduated magna cum laude from Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Washington University Law Review and the school's award-winning National Moot Court Team. Upon graduation, she was elected to Order of the Coif and awarded the Judge Amandus Brackman Moot Court Prize for written and oral advocacy. Prior to law school, Ms. Clemons earned a bachelor's degree in Theater & Film from the University of Kansas.

Experience

  • Counsel to Monsanto in connection with its $66 billion acquisition by Bayer, which closed after a 20-month DOJ investigation leading to what the DOJ characterized as the "the largest negotiated merger divestiture ever required by the United States." The transaction was reviewed and approved by antitrust enforcers in the US, the EU, and almost 30 other jurisdictions.
  • Global automotive parts manufacturer in DOJ antitrust investigation into alleged price fixing and bid rigging in the automotive parts industry.
  • Fujikura Ltd. and Fujikura Automotive America LLC in ongoing complex multi-district antitrust litigation alleging bid rigging and price fixing of automotive wire harnesses and other products arising out of the government's investigation into the auto parts industry.In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation.
  • Global pharmaceutical manufacturer in DOJ antitrust investigation into pharmaceutical pricing.
  • BP plc in the $2.4 billion sale of its Carson, California refinery and related logistics and marketing assets to Tesoro Corporation.
  • Monsanto in relation to its $930 million acquisition of The Climate Corporation.
  • Fortune 50 company in connection with due diligence in preparation for addressing potential antitrust liability post-merger.
  • Competing global consulting companies in securing unconditional FTC clearance for their combination while avoiding a second request.

Perspectives

Deskbook on Internal Investigations, Corporate Compliance and White Collar Issues (2nd Edition)
PLI Practising Law Institute

Recognition

Washington, DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" – Antitrust Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2016-2018)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2011, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BGS, University of Kansas, 2006
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Central District of California, The Honorable S. James Otero
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