Alex Okuliar is a co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice Group. A seasoned litigator, and former senior Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) official, Alex draws upon two decades of mergers, disputes, and enforcement experience to represent global companies in high-profile deals and high-stakes investigations and litigation.
Most recently, Alex was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the DOJ. In this role, he oversaw approximately 150 DOJ attorneys and staff with responsibility for DOJ enforcement activity across a range of industries, including technology and digital platforms; defense, industrials, and aerospace; banking and finance; and media, entertainment, and communications. He supervised dozens of complex merger investigations, the Division’s industry-wide review of conduct by market-leading online platforms, its landmark litigation in the technology sector, and the creation of the Division’s Civil Conduct Task Force.
Some of the notable deal reviews that he oversaw while at DOJ include the $180 billion merger of United Technologies and Raytheon, Waste Management’s $4.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Disposal Services, Liberty Latin America’s $1.95 billion purchase of AT&T’s wireless and wireline business in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Google’s $2 billion acquisition of FitBit.
Previously, Alex was an attorney advisor to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and, earlier in his career, a trial attorney in the Networks & Technology Enforcement Section of the Antitrust Division (now the Technology & Digital Platforms Section).
Before his most recent service at the DOJ, Alex was a partner at another leading international firm. Drawing on his experience at both federal antitrust agencies, Alex has regularly appeared before federal, state, and foreign authorities in connection with conduct and merger investigations. He also has extensive experience advocating for clients’ interests on policy issues and litigating antitrust disputes, particularly those related to conduct involving technology companies and issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. Alex has been frequently acknowledged for the quality of his work and client service. Recognitions include the following:
Alex is also active in the bar and currently serves as the co-chair of the Joint Conduct Committee of the ABA Antitrust Law Section. He writes and speaks frequently on important issues relating to technology and antitrust enforcement.
Alex received his B.S. in economics and B.A. in history, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1999.
Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.
Chambers USA 2018–2020
Chambers USA 2018–2020
Legal 500 US 2019–2020
Legal 500 US 2017–2020
Who’s Who Legal: Competition Recommended (2019–2020)