Makan Delrahim, USDOJ Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, tendered his resignation effective January 19, 2021.  Mr. Delrahim has led Antitrust Division for three and a half years.

Most people who practice antitrust law are passionate about the field and grateful to work with other such dedicated professionals.  If you have a career in antitrust, chances are high that you agree with what the Supreme Court stated:

The Sherman Act was designed to be a comprehensive charter of economic liberty aimed at preserving free and unfettered competition as the rule of trade. It rests on the premise that the unrestrained interaction of competitive forces will yield the best allocation of our economic resources, the lowest prices, the highest quality and the greatest material progress, while at the same time providing an environment conducive to the preservation of our democratic political and social institutions.  Northern Pacific Railway Co. v. United States, 356 U.S. 1, 4-5 (1958).

Mr. Delrahim is one of the passionate advocates in the field.  He has played an extremely important and challenging role in leading the Antitrust Division.  In his resignation letter Mr. Delrahim outlined the many achievements of the Antitrust Division under his leadership.  I invite everyone to read his letter. Delrahim_Resignation_Ltr.

Congratulations Makan.  Thank you for continuing the tradition of excellence and public service at the Antitrust Division.  Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Bob Connolly

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