Christine A. Varney
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Christine A. Varney is an American antitrust attorney. Her clients span diverse industries, including cable, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, transportation, technology and telecommunications. From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Varney served as Assistant Attorney General and headed the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. In that role she oversaw all aspects of the Division’s operations, including merger review, criminal and civil litigation and investigations and coordination with competition regulators outside the United States. From 1994 through 1997, Ms. Varney served as a Commissioner of the FTC. While at the FTC, she played a leading role on a broad range of competition law issues, and she is widely credited with pioneering the application of innovation market theory analysis to information technology and biotechnology transactions. Prior to becoming FTC Commissioner, Ms. Varney served as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet in the Clinton Administration. Ms. Varney currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and Third Way. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Brennan Center for Justice and on the Board of Advisors of the American Constitution Society. Ms. Varney is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves as a member of the International Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, The American Law Institute and The Economic Club of New York. She is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, teaching the course “Antitrust in Action.” Ms. Varney received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1977, an M.P.A. from Syracuse University in 1982 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986.