Ellen Jakovic is of counsel in Kirkland’s Antitrust Practice Group based in the Washington, D.C., office. Ellen advises clients on the antitrust aspects of complex mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and has particular experience with the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust pre-acquisition reporting requirements.

Ellen has significant experience with international and cross-border transactions. She regularly advises clients on global clearance strategy and coordinates U.S. and international merger control filings and clearance efforts.

Ellen has secured antitrust clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and/or foreign merger control authorities for transactions in a variety of industries, including defense, engineering, pharmaceuticals, construction products, information systems and networking, retail groceries, food service distribution, chemicals, and educational publishing. Ellen also has experience with investigations by federal and state antitrust enforcement authorities, private and government antitrust litigation, trade associations, and general antitrust counseling.


Thought Leadership


Contributor, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts by Ginsburg, Levin, and Rocap, June 2020

Contributor, Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions by Levin and Rocap, August 2019

Co-Editor, “Premerger Notification Practice Manual,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 5th ed., 2015

Contributor, “Premerger Notification Practice Manual,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 4th ed., 2007

Co-Authored with J. Mark Gidley, “Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Implications for Exclusive Technology Licenses,” Technology Law Notes, Vol. 12, No. 3, Spring 1995


Panelist "Hart-Scott-Rodino: 2011 Amendments to the Rules, Form and Instructions," presented by Strafford Publications, Inc. (telephonic conference), August 17, 2011

Moderator "A Conversation with the FTC Premerger Notification Office Staff – Update on the 2011 HSR Form Changes," presented by the ABA Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, September 12, 2011

"Preparing the HSR Form," FTC Premerger Notification Office Back to Basics Workshop, Washington, D.C., October 23, 2008

Panelist, "The Nuts and Bolts of Completing an HSR Form," Lesson III of the ABA Antitrust Practicum Brown Bag Series (telephonic conference), November 28, 2007

"International Merger Control in Cross-Border Transactions," Sixth Semi-Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor Conference and Expo, New York City, June 18, 2003

"US Merger Control Process," EU/US Merger Control Seminar, White & Case LLP Hamburg and Frankfurt, Germany, October 17-18, 2002


Selected as BADC “Lawyer of the Year” by The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2019 

Selected as a "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014–2020

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Antitrust, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

District of Columbia Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 2014–present; Secretary, 2016–present

District of Columbia Bar, Member, Board of Governors, 2004–2010; Pro Bono Program Presidents’ Reception, Development Committee, Chair, 2006, Member, 2005–2012, 2014–2016

Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, President, 2002–2003; President-Elect, 2001–2002; Treasurer, 2000–2001; Treasurer-elect, 1999–2000; Member, Board of Directors, 1999–2004; Co-Chair, Working Parents Forum, 1998–2001; Co-Chair, Centennial Committee 2014–2017

Women’s Bar Association Foundation, President, 2006–2008; Vice President, 2005–2006; Member, Board of Directors, 2001–2002, 2003–2009

Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Member, Board of Directors, 2007-2015; Chair, Judicial Reception, 2004–2005, 2010–2011; Recipient, 2014 Hon. Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award

The Barristers, President, 2007-2008; Vice President, 2005–2006; Secretary, 2004–2005; Executive Committee, 2008–2009; Member, Annual Dinner Committee, 2006-present

Council for Court Excellence, Member, Board of Directors, 2003–2005, 2010–present

Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Washington, D.C., Life Fellow; State Chair, 2011–2013; Vice Chair, 2009–2011; Secretary, 2007–2009; Recipient, 2013 Outstanding State Chair Award

Washington Foreign Law Society, Member, Board of Directors, 2003–2006

Whitman-Walker Clinic’s Legal Services Program, “Going the Extra Mile” Reception, Member, Steering Committee, 2006–2009

American Bar Association, Member, Antitrust Section

Washington Council of Lawyers

The Counsellors

Community Activities

National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C., Member, Governing Board, 2014–present; Chair, Governance Committee, 2017–present; Chair, Advancement Committee 2015–2017; Chair, Annual Fund, 2012–2014

St. Albans School, Washington, D.C., Member, Governing Board, 2015–2017

The Doane Stuart School, Albany, NY, Member, Board of Trustees, 2001–present; Secretary, 2001–2015; Recipient, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award; Recipient, 2006 Right Reverend David Standish Ball Distinguished Trustee Award

CCBC Children’s Center, Washington, D.C., Chair, Parent Board, 2001–2003

Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., Member, Board of Directors, 2003–2006; Member, Schools & Scholarships Committee

Friends of Harvard Softball, Board of Directors, 2014–present


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1985Massachusetts
  • 1986New York
  • 1986District of Columbia


  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia1986
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit1994
  • Supreme Court of the United States1991


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.1985

    Member, Board of Student Advisers

    Instructor, Legal Research Training

  • Harvard UniversityA.B.magna cum laude1982

    Phi Beta Kappa