Chair's Message to Leadership

November 2020

It is my privilege and pleasure to serve as Chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section for the 2020-21 ABA fiscal year.  Welcome!

I want to start by thanking Brian Henry for his strong and successful leadership over the past year.  With innovative thinking and endless energy, Brian has left our Section stronger and better positioned for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges.  I also want to thank our entire ABA Antitrust Law Section staff for their tireless dedication and support.  They are the heart and soul of our Section’s success.

This is an exciting time to be a member of our Section.  Antitrust is at an inflection point.  Our nation is debating the future of antitrust, and the conversation is happening everywhere – in the media, on Capitol Hill, in the election dialogue, as well as in our antitrust community. People are asking: Is antitrust doing its job?  Is antitrust up to the challenges of 21st century competition? Do the rules need to be changed?

I firmly believe that the Antitrust Law Section should have a voice in the conversation.  As practitioners, we have a unique perspective on how the current antitrust laws work (and don’t work).  My focus as Chair is to elevate the conversation and ensure that our voice is heard.  My substantive theme for the year is the Future of Antitrust.  You will see this theme addressed and highlighted throughout the year.

  • November 12th, the Fall Forum will host a discussion focused on several discrete aspects of the Future of Antitrust, including the role of antitrust in times of national emergency, the future of economics in antitrust, and the future of antitrust agencies.  Please register by noon on Nov 11 if you would like to join in these conversations.
  • In January, the Section will submit to the incoming administration a Presidential Transition Report that addresses critical enforcement issues under the current antitrust, consumer protection, and privacy laws.
  • In March at the Virtual Spring Meeting, we will hold the Chair’s Showcase program with a diverse group of leading thinkers to discuss the question of whether legislative reforms are needed and, if so, what they should be.  Going virtual provides an opportunity to expand the conversations to an even broader audience. We hope you will mark your calendar to join us March 23-26.

There will be many platforms throughout the year – in our publications, podcasts, periodicals, and programming – for you to express your views and contribute to the conversation.  I invite and encourage you to do so.

I look forward to a time when we can gather in-person.  Until then, I hope you are safe and healthy as we navigate through this unique time.  Thanks very much.

Gary Zanfagna
Section Chair 2020-2021