ROBERT E. CONNOLLY
301 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Suite 103, #241
Palm Springs, California 92262
US Supreme Court; California; Pennsylvania
GeyerGorey LLP—Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Ca. –Partner--April 2014 –December 2016
DLA Piper, Philadelphia, PA.~of counsel, February 2013-April 2014
U.S. Dept. of Justice, Antitrust Division, Philadelphia, PA ~ Chief, Middle Atlantic Office 1994 – 2013
- Supervised price fixing, bid rigging, and other governmental fraud grand jury investigations. Investigations pertained to various industries such as graphite and carbon products, shipping, chemicals, government procurement, Defense Department contracts, and construction contracts.
- Consulted with Antitrust Division DAAG for criminal enforcement on policy matters such as amnesty procedures, charging decisions, sentencing applications and deployment of resources.
- Presenter/panelist for a wide variety of forums—international and national bar associations, private and public purchasing groups, trade associations, the FBI, Defense Department and many other federal, state, and local investigative and purchasing agencies.
- Supervised the extradition and subsequent trial leading to the conviction of a prominent British executive. This was the first extradition by the Antitrust Division of a foreign fugitive. The defendant was sentenced to a prison term of two years.
- Led four-year graphite electrode international cartel grand jury investigation, resulting in seven corporate and three individual convictions and approx. $437 million in fines, culminating with successful criminal jury trial of U.S. v. Mitsubishi Corp. and the largest (at the time) post-trial fine in Antitrust Division history.
- DOJ 2001 John Marshall Award for Outstanding Litigation: Highest litigation team award for the conviction after trial of the Mitsubishi Corp. for its role in an international price fixing cartel.
- Multiple Department Awards of Distinction at various levels of my career with the Division.
Assistant Chief, Mid-Atlantic Office 1987 – 1994
Assisted on all management and policy issues.
Trial Attorney, Mid-Atlantic Office 1980 – 1987
Led investigations and prosecutions of for criminal price fixing and bid rigging violations. Led 7 trial teams and obtained over 40 convictions by plea.
Drexel Earle Mack School of Law, Philadelphia, PA ~ Adjunct Professor, Antitrust Law 2008 – 2010
Rutgers-Camden School of Law, Camden NJ ~ Adjunct Professor, Antitrust Law 2005 – 2006
Yale University, New Haven, CT ~ Kramer Fellowship
- Competitively selected from government attorneys and economists for an academic year fellowship at Yale Law School and Business School.
Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ ~ J.D., cum laude May 1980
- Rutgers-Camden Law Journal
- Rutgers Camden National Moot Court Team
SUNY at Cortland, Cortland, NY ~ BA, Political Science May 1977
I have written extensively on competition and white-collar issues. I have an international competition law blog: http://cartelcapers.com. Other significant recent publications include:
- Per Se “Plus”—ANTITRUST Magazine, Spring 2015
- Repeal the FAIA—Competition Policy International, September 2014
- The Problem with Volume of Commerce Adjustments—Law 360, Sept. 2014
- Collusion at Auctions— ABA Cartel Committee Newsletter, September 2014
In AU Optronics v. Motorola Mobility, 775 F.3d 816, 826-27 (7th Cir. 2015), Judge Richard Posner extensively quoted my blog and an article I authored. I have also been a presenter for the Society of Ethics and Compliance and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association on Global Antitrust Enforcement and a regular contributor to Ethics and Compliance magazine.
I have made presentations before major clients on antitrust compliance. Publications and speaking engagements include: ABA Cartel Committee Presentation on Cartel Prosecution Recent Developments (presenter); ABA Antitrust Compliance and Ethics Committee Program on Leniency (presenter); ABA Cartel Committee Newsletter: A History of Criminal Antitrust Penalties; European Competition Law Observatory: Video and Paper on US Antitrust Enforcement.