Robert E. Bloch: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Robert E. Bloch

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 263 3203

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  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar Defense & Compliance
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 263 3203
Fax: 202 263 5203
University Franklin and Marshall College, B.A., 1969
Law SchoolThe George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1973
Admitted1973, District of Columbia; 1973, Ohio; 1973, District of Columbia Court of Appeals; 1977, US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


American Bar Association: Antitrust Section; Member, International Cartel Task Force (2005 to 2009; 2011-); Member, Long Range Planning Committee (2009-10); Co-Chair, Federal Sentencing Guidelines Task Force (1995-1997); Chair, Annual Meeting Committee (1994-1995), and Co-Chair (1993-1994); Section Vice Chair (1992-1993), Council Member (1989-1993), Criminal Practice and Procedure Committee Chairman (1986-1989) and Vice Chair (1985-1986); Member, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division Council (1991); Antitrust Section Representative to Special Advisory Committee for Public Service Lawyers (1990-1991)

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

District of Columbia Bar Association: Steering Committee, Antitrust and Consumer Law Section (2003-2009)

International Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association, Vice Chair, Antitrust Substantive Law Committee (1999-2001)

Federal Bar Association, Chairman, Criminal Enforcement and Antitrust Law Committee, (1983-1985)

Board of Editors, Antitrust Report (Matthew Bender & Co.)

Advisory Board, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report (Bureau of National Affairs)

Advisory Board, Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Bob Bloch's litigation practice focuses on the defense of major national corporations, non-profit entities, and corporate officials in criminal and civil investigations before the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission for price fixing, bid rigging, boycotts, pricing and marketing policies, and mergers. He also defends companies in private class action litigation in federal and state courts. He is the firm's Global Antitrust practice leader.

Bob has served as antitrust counsel in several multi-billion dollar mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has represented clients in the health care, airline, banking, defense logistics, food additives, semiconductor, motion picture, pharmaceutical, recording, hospitality, oil commodities, electrical utility, silicon metal, newspaper, rock salt, and waste management industries. And, he has served as antitrust counsel to academic medical centers and universities.

Prior to working for Mayer Brown, Bob worked for almost 18 years at the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, first as a trial attorney, then as the Assistant Chief for the Trial Section and the Litigation I Section, and finally as Chief of the Professions and Intellectual Property Section. Prior to working for the Department of Justice, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Bob has been chosen as one of Chambers USA's Leading Lawyers for 2005-2012. Chambers cited him for his talent for driving cases forward, and for his commitment to his clients and as a respected presence in antitrust circles. He was also chosen as Washington, DC and National Litigation Star - Antitrust (2013) by Benchmark Litigation. He was named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2006-2012), one of Washington's Super Lawyers (2007, 2010, 2012-2014) and one of Washington's Best Lawyers (2008-2014). While at the Department of Justice, Bob received the Harold M. Stevens Award for Outstanding Service (1993), the John Marshall Award (1992), Outstanding Performance Awards, Senior Executive Service Meritorious Awards, the Antitrust Division Award of Distinction (1984), a Special Commendation Award (1981), and numerous Letters of Commendation.


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The Cartel Report: Commentary on Antitrust Enforcement from Around the World
Robert E. Bloch,Kiran S. Desai,Adam L. Hudes,Kelly B. Kramer,Stephen M. Medlock, February 27, 2015
Not too long ago, many countries—perhaps even most countries—either did not criminalize cartel conduct or did not enforce the laws prohibiting cartels. In the past 20 years or so, that has changed dramatically. Today, cartels, “the supreme evil of antitrust,” are unlawful...

Striking the Balance: The Views of International Competition Agencies on the Extraterritorial Application of US Antitrust Law
Robert E. Bloch,Kelly B. Kramer,Stephen M. Medlock, November 14, 2014
Foreign competition authorities have long been concerned about the application of US antitrust law—in particular civil claims for treble damages—to conduct occurring outside the United States. Over the years, courts and Congress have adopted different tests for determining when US...

Ninth Circuit Decision Clarifies the Applicability of US Antitrust Law to Foreign Conduct; Leaves Some Ambiguities
Robert E. Bloch,Kelly B. Kramer,Stephen M. Medlock, July 17, 2014
One of the most important topics in cartel enforcement today is the extent to which the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (“FTAIA”) limits the extraterritorial reach of the Sherman Act. On July 10, 2014, the Ninth Circuit weighed in on this question by affirming a broad...

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Robert E. Bloch

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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