Kristen Limarzi, a former chief of the appellate section of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in Washington.
Limarzi first joined the antitrust division’s appellate section as a staff attorney in 2008 before becoming its chief five years later where she played a central role in significant civil and criminal antitrust cases.
“She has a stellar reputation for her intellect, breadth of antitrust knowledge, judgment and ability to work collaboratively across agencies,” Gibson Dunn chairman and managing partner Ken Doran said in a statement.
Limarzi is the latest departure from the antitrust division. In September, Andrew Finch rejoined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as co-chair of the firm’s antitrust practice group. In her move, Limarzi will reunite with her former antitrust division colleague Scott Hammond, who co-chairs Gibson Dunn’s antitrust and competition practice group.
Limarzi said she enjoyed her time at the Justice Department, but noted the time had come for a change. As a member of the appellate team she had the opportunity to work on all aspects of antitrust law. Moving to Gibson Dunn afforded her the same opportunity, she said.
“It was really a good way to recreate the breadth of practice at the division,” said Limarzi, a former King & Spalding associate.
In her new role, the former King & Spalding associate will focus on investigations, litigation and counseling clients on antitrust merger and conduct matters, as well as civil and criminal litigation.
Along with the U.S. solicitor general’s office, she has represented the government in antitrust cases at the Supreme Court as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
She was a part of team that filed an amicus brief on behalf of the U.S. in Apple’s 2018 case before the Supreme Court related to a class action over its app store practices. The court found against the tech giant in May, allowing the antitrust case to proceed.
Limarzi’s move follows other high-profile lateral hires at the Los Angeles-based firm.