Justin Hedge's practice spans the full range of antitrust matters including mergers and acquisitions, criminal and civil investigations, litigation, compliance, and day-to-day counseling. He regularly represents clients in matters before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission and he has significant experience assisting clients through the US and foreign antitrust clearance process for transactions. Mr. Hedge's practice also includes defense of price fixing, monopolization, and other antitrust claims in private litigation.

Mr. Hedge has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, food service, forest products, entertainment, chemicals, automotive parts, private equity, and financial services.

Mr. Hedge is active in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and currently serves in the leadership of the Section. He currently serves on the Task Force for Competition/Consumer Protection Policy & North American Comments and also has served as a Vice-Chair on the Unilateral Conduct Committee.

Mr. Hedge also maintains an active pro bono docket in the DC and Virginia state courts, including first-chair trial matters. Prior to joining the firm, he interned as a law clerk for Judge Reggie B. Walton of the US District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Patricia A. Broderick of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.


  • The Saul Zaentz Company and its subsidiary, Middle-earth Enterprises, in the sale of the worldwide film, stage, video game, and merchandising rights in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien to Embracer Freemode Iconic Holding Inc., a subsidiary of the Swedish gaming company, Embracer Group.
  • BP regarding global merger control aspects regarding its joint venture with Arclight Capital Partners to acquire Thorntons, a leading privately owned gasoline and convenience store chain with locations in the Midwest and Florida.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. in its $1.9 billion acquisition of cloud-based unified communications provider BroadSoft, Inc., which was cleared without a Second Request by DOJ and without conditions worldwide.
  • Numerex, an Internet of Things (IOT) M2M enterprise solutions provider, in its sale to Sierra Wireless, a global device-to-cloud solutions provider.
  • AMC Entertainment, Inc. in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Carmike Cinemas.
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in its $640 million joint venture with SK Global Chemicals for the manufacture of high-performance polyethylene products.
  • The Kroger Co. in its $200+ million acquisition of Home Chef, one of the largest private meal kit delivery companies in the US.
  • Intel Corp. in connection with its $7.68 billion purchase of security software firm McAfee. Transaction cleared in the US by the FTC without a second request and with Phase I commitments in the European Union.
  • General Electric Co. and GE Healthcare in the $1.05 billion sale of its healthcare management software unit to Veritas Capital.
  • Boston Scientific Corporation in its $435 million acquisition of Symetis, a Swiss structural heart company focused on minimally-invasive transcatheter aortic valve implantation devices.
  • General Electric Co. in its $1.775 billion acquisition of Milestone Aviation Group, a Dublin-based helicopter lessor.
  • Unilever in connection with its $3.7 billion acquisition of Alberto Culvers' hair care business investigated by DOJ.
  • AMC Entertainment, Inc. in its $172 million acquisition of the Starplex Cinemas.
  • General Electric Co. and NBC Universal in connection with the formation of the Comcast-NBCU joint venture investigated by DOJ, FCC, and various state attorneys general.


FTC Raises Both Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Filing and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds and Introduces a New Filing Fee Structure
Merger Investigations: Practical Advice in Times of Change
Speaker, ABA Antitrust Law Section, Federal Civil Enforcement Committee Program
Antitrust Developments Update
ABA Antitrust Law Section, Corporate Counseling Committee
Monopolization & Dominance Handbook 2d Ed.
ABA (Project Editorial Chair)
Ninth Circuit Reversal of FTC's Qualcomm Win Highlights the Limits of Antitrust Enforcement in Standard Essential Patent Licensing (pdf)
The Licensing Journal, Vol. 40, No. 9


Washington, DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" – Antitrust Litigation (2016-2020)


  • JD, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2007, cum laude
  • BA, Colby College, 2003, cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • Virginia

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