Kirkland brought aboard Scott Scheele, a former section chief in the Justice Dept. antitrust division, as a partner based in the firm’s Washington office.
Scheele served as Justice’s chief of the media, entertainment and communications section between 2012 and 2021. He supervised about 20 trial lawyers and all merger and civil conduct investigations.
Scheele in the role also implemented competition policy in the areas of wireless and wireline telecommunications, media and entertainment.
In joining the antitrust and competition practice, Scheele adds his experience to a firm that has more than 3,000 attorneys and advises on all aspects of competition law.
“Scott’s extensive experience in the Department of Justice will greatly benefit our clients,” said Jim Mutchnick, Kirkland antitrust and competition partner.
Kirkland recently represented Jeld-Wen Inc., whose investors won approval in November of a $40 million class action settlement of claims that the door manufacturer kept them in the dark about antitrust violations.
Scheele joined Justice’s antitrust division in 1995. He was assistant chief of the Justice’s networks and technology enforcement section for eight years. Scheele also was a trial attorney in the antitrust division and, earlier, an associate at law firm Howrey & Simon.
Scheele said his government experience would help Kirkland’s clients “navigate antitrust concerns.”