Joe Sims is one of the most recognized antitrust lawyers in the world. He is listed in Chambers
, Who's Who Legal
, Legal 500
, Best Lawyers of America
, and most other publications recognizing prominent antitrust lawyers. He is the only antitrust lawyer ever named by The American Lawyer
as a Dealmaker of the Year, and has been so recognized twice, in 2001 and 2009. In March 2010, he was recognized by The National Law Journal
as one of The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers, and was most recently named the Washington, DC Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers of America
. He is one of four U.S. lawyers included in Expert Guides Best of the Best
compilation of the 30 leading antitrust/competition law lawyers in the world.
Joe represents clients in the full range of antitrust counseling and litigation matters. He has especially broad experience in dealing with mergers and acquisitions and has acted as lead antitrust counsel on some of the most significant transactions of recent years. Representative recent clients include Abbott Laboratories, AMR, Apple, Cardinal, CBS, Chevron, DIRECTV, Essilor, General Motors, Hertz, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Intuit, Procter & Gamble, Reynolds-American, Sirius-XM, and Texas Instruments.
Joe is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and a majority of the federal courts of appeal. He is a member of the American Bar Association, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of The American Law Institute.
Trial Attorney, Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice (1970-1978)
DIRECTV merger with AT&T receives antitrust clearance
Reynolds American acquires Lorillard for $27.4 billion
Essilor acquires controlling stake in Transitions Optical joint venture with PPG for $1.7 billion
Honors & Distinctions
The National Law Journal: one of The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers (2010)
The American Lawyer: Dealmaker of the Year (2009 and 2001)
Chambers Global: recommended in Band 1 for U.S. antitrust (2010)
BTI Client Service All-Star (2007)
Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2011): icon of the antitrust world