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Bob Connolly’s primary area of practice is antitrust litigation, government investigations, white-collar crime and antitrust compliance. Mr. Connolly started his career over 30 years ago at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. In his first three years with the Division he had two trials involving nationwide price-fixing and one of the Division’s first successful road building trials. Under the supervision of legendary Antitrust Division Chief, John J. Hughes, Mr. Connolly and others built that office’s reputation for innovative and successful prosecutions. The office was among the first to successfully use search warrants and consensual monitoring. In 1987, long before the Division was bringing international cases, the office prosecuted an Israeli national for bid rigging and fraud on Defense Department contracts. He was indicted under seal, arrested at a border watch, tried and convicted.
Mr. Connolly became Assistant Chief of the office in 1987 and was promoted to Chief in1994. During his time with DOJ, Mr. Connolly led and supervised criminal antitrust grand jury investigations in industries ranging from local construction companies to international conglomerates. These investigations led to criminal cases ranging from a conspiracy to rig bids on sewage treatment projects in Philadelphia to global price fixing cartels in industrial products. The grand jury investigations sometimes uncovered other criminal conduct such as related fraud, FCPA violations, obstruction of justice and tax matters.
Mr. Connolly tried numerous cases while with the DOJ, from a short two-day perjury bench trial to a three-month national price-fixing trial. He led the trial team in one of DOJ’s first international cartel trials. Mr. Connolly and his team were awarded the John Marshall Award for Litigation – the DOJ’s highest award for trials – after the trial and conviction of a Japanese company for aiding and abetting an international cartel. The company was fined a then record $134 million. In one of Mr. Connolly’s last cases, he supervised the extradition, trial and conviction of a British CEO for committing obstruction of justice during a US grand jury investigation of an international cartel. His experience with international cartels involved coordination with competition authorities around the globe, including authorities in Canada, the EU, UK, Japan, India and others.
While Mr. Connolly’s practice focused on criminal investigations, his office also conducted merger and civil antitrust investigations. He was the Kramer Fellow at Yale University in 1989-1990 and was an adjunct professor of antitrust law at both Rutgers-Camden Law School and Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law. He was also an active speaker on antitrust issues, lecturing at the FBI Academy and other law enforcement venues, trade associations such as the National Association of Purchasing Managers, and many ABA and other bar association panels. Since leaving the government, he has also become prolific writer. Some of his work is listed below.
- Supreme Court of the United States
- See, generally, the Cartel Capers Blog
- “Cartel Enforcement in India – A Recap of the ABA Antitrust In Asia Conference and a Look Forward,” Cartel Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, Spring 2013
- “A History of Criminal Antirust Penalties, Part I, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, Fall 2013
- “A History of Criminal Antitrust Penalties, Part II, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, Spring, 2014
- “Corporate Leniency: Should it Come With a Warning Label?” Competition Law 360, May 22, 2013
- “The DOJ Antitrust Division’s policy on independent compliance monitors: is it misguided?” MLex, July 17, 2013
- A Peek Behind the Record Breaking Frank Peake Jail Sentence, Mlex AbAbstract, December 20, 2013
- Cartel Enforcement in the United States: From Leniency to Prison and (most) Everything in Between, July 21013, EU Competition Law Observatory (paper and video)
- Co-author, “DOJ and US Airways-American Airlines Merger Trial Grounded,” The Legal Intelligencer, November 14, 2013
- Co-author, “US Airways/American Merger Trial Is Set for Takeoff,” The Legal Intelligencer, November 4, 2013
- Co-author, “Antitrust Enforcement in Health Care Gets Mixed Reviews,” The Legal Intelligencer, September 12, 2013
- “A Brief History of the Antitrust Division’s Philadelphia Field Office,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 29, 2013
- “A History of the Antitrust Division’s Philadelphia Field Office: Part 2,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 29, 2013
- Co-author, “The Antitrust Division speaks: trends in criminal enforcement and what to expect next,” DLA Piper Antitrust Update, April 24, 2013. This publication is also available as a printable PDF
- ABA Antitrust Compliance and Ethics Committee Webinar: Internal Corporate Leniency Program: December 2, 2013
- Lead Presenter: ABA Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee Webinar: Cartel Update, September 2013
- Co-Presenter, “Antitrust Developments Involving the Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice”, The Legal Intelligencer In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, Philadelphia, October 17, 2013