Noah Pinegar is a member of the firm's Antitrust and Competition practice. Mr. Pinegar represents clients in antitrust and competition litigation, merger reviews, and conduct investigations before the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and international enforcers.

During his time as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, Mergers I division, Mr. Pinegar was a member of multiple litigation/trial teams, including FTC v. Staples/Office Depot (2016) (Janet D. Steiger award) and FTC v. Steris/Synergy Health (2015), the first litigated actual-potential competition theory in over 30 years. He also led and contributed to high-profile investigations in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, pharmacies, and pharmacy benefit management.


  • The Legal 500 USA, Merger Control (2022)


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2010 (cum laude, Federal Communications Law Journal)
  • University of Washington, B.A., 2001 



  • A leading medical device manufacturer in three cases alleging monopolization 
  • Three trial witnesses in United States v. Bertelsmann (Penguin Random House acquisition of Simon & Schuster)
  • An agribusiness company in an antitrust defense to trade secret and employment mobility claims brought by a large competitor
  • A leading food/CPG company and class of CPG companies in an antitrust case against the major provider of in-store promotions and free-standing insert coupons (settled for $250 million)
  • A global transportation company in a grand jury investigation into price fixing/bid rigging in government procurement
  • An investment education provider in an FTC investigation
  • A social gaming company in a putative class action brought under consumer protection laws 

Representative Transactions

  • A leading pharma player in antitrust aspects of a co-detailing agreement
  • A&E Medical in its sale to Zimmer Biomet
  • Saba Software in its sale to Cornerstone OnDemand
  • GI Partners in the acquisition and merger of California Cryobank and Cord Blood Registry
  • David H. Murdock and Dole Food Company in the sale of a 45% stake to Total Produce
  • Netsmart in its acquisition of the home care/hospice business of Change Healthcare
  • Gannett Co., Inc. in connection with antitrust review of its merger with Belo Corp., a leading broadcast television company, valued at approximately $2.2 billion
  • Jack Cooper Holdings Corp. in the antitrust review of its acquisition of competitor Allied Systems Holdings
  • David H. Murdock in the international antitrust review of his historic second take private acquisition of Dole Food Company, Inc. for $1.6 billion
  • Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, China's largest meat manufacturer, in the worldwide antitrust review of its acquisition of Smithfield Foods, Inc., a cash merger valued at $7.1 billion
  • MetroPCS in the antitrust review of its reverse merger with T-Mobile USA, valued at $10+ billion
  • Franchise Services of North America before the FTC as purchaser of divestiture assets in the Hertz-Dollar Thrifty transaction (Merger Control Matter of the Year—Americas at the Global Competition Review Awards 2013)
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in the international antitrust review of the sale of its hard disk drive business to Seagate for approximately $1.4 billion (Matter of the Year at the Global Competition Review Awards 2012)


Engagement & Publications


  • Member of the New York State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the State Bar of Texas, and the ABA Section of Antitrust Law
  • Editorial Board of the Quick Look, a publication of the Joint Conduct Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law 
  • Pro bono counsel to a non-profit organization working with banks, financial services players, and federal, state, and local law enforcement on improving detection of human trafficking

Practice Areas


Antitrust and Competition




New York Bar

District of Columbia Bar

Texas Bar


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. 2010

University of Washington, B.A. 2001

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