Mike DeRita is a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mike represents clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the state Attorneys General in antitrust merger reviews and civil antitrust investigations.

Mike began his career as an attorney in the Bureau of Competition, Mergers IV Division of the FTC, investigating and analyzing mergers in the hospital, retail, supermarket, and food distribution industries. Among other assignments, he played an integral role in the trial team in FTC, et al., v. Sysco Corp., et al., and the FTC’s investigation of Office Depot/OfficeMax.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, Private Equity and Antitrust: New Risks from Merger Watchdogs, Global Competition Review Webinar, February 27, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013New York
  • 2016District of Columbia


  • George Mason University School of LawJ.D.2012
    Senior Research Editor, Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy
  • Boston UniversityB.A., Economics2007