Press Release

DOJ’s Scott Scheele to Join Kirkland’s Antitrust Practice

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Scott Scheele has joined the Firm as a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Practice Group. Mr. Scheele is based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

“Scott’s extensive experience in the Department of Justice will greatly benefit our clients and help them successfully navigate various antitrust matters,” said Kirkland antitrust and competition partner Jim Mutchnik. “We are excited to have him on our growing team.”

Mr. Scheele joined the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division in 1995. With over 30 years of experience, he was a senior executive and supervisor in DOJ. He has experience in the media, telecommunications, technology and financial services industries; and substantial antitrust litigation, trial, investigation and management skills. He also supervised enforcement of consent decrees and competition advocacy, including serving as a primary management liaison with counterparts at the Federal Communications Commission. 

As Chief of the Antitrust Division’s Media, Entertainment and Communications Section for nine years (2012-2021), Mr. Scheele supervised approximately 20 trial lawyers and numerous staff members. In this position, he supervised all merger and civil conduct investigations and implemented competition policy in the areas of wireless and wireline telecommunications, media and entertainment. For eight years (2004-2012) he was Assistant Chief of the DOJ’s Networks & Technology Enforcement Section. He was also a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division and an associate at Howrey & Simon.

Mr. Scheele earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. He has been Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Merger & Acquisitions Committee since 2017 and frequently speaks on antitrust topics.

“I’m looking forward to using my DOJ experience to help Kirkland’s clients navigate antitrust concerns,” Mr. Scheele said. “Kirkland is the go-to law firm for complex antitrust matters and its lawyers are recognized as the best of the best. I am delighted to join the team.”

Kirkland’s Antitrust & Competition Practice Group guides clients through their greatest challenges and opportunities relating to fair competition in a global marketplace. The integrated team advises on all aspects of competition law. It provides preeminent criminal and civil antitrust litigation defense, government investigation defense, expedited transaction clearance and real-world counseling experience. The practice’s attorneys have worked as former prosecutors, supervisors and attorneys in the U.S. DOJ’s Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and as prosecutors at a wide variety of other law enforcement agencies.