John DeQuedville Briggs

Title: Partner
Company: Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider
Location: Easton, Maryland, United States

John DeQuedville Briggs, Partner at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.

Mr. Briggs is an antitrust and litigation partner at the law firm Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP where in 2009 he was the founding partner of the firm’s Washington DC office. From then until 2019, he also was co-chair of Axinn’s antitrust practice and an adjunct professor teaching international competition law at the George Washington University Law School. D.C. Prior to this, he was Chair of the antitrust practice group at Howrey LLP from 1994 to 2005, which he left at the end of 2008 to found Axinn’s DC office. He was a law clerk for Judge Frank J. Murray of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts for 1972 to 1973.

One particularly notable highlight of Mr. Briggs’s career was his 2001 work opposing in Europe the merger of General Electric and Honeywell International in 2001. The combination would have been the largest industrial merger in United States history. He stood as the first American lawyer, speaking for a major American company, publicly to oppose the transaction, which was stopped by the European competition authorities even though cleared by the American antitrust authorities.

Mr. Briggs has achieved success in writing about his craft, publishing numerous articles in Antitrust Magazine, The Antitrust Law Journal, The George Mason Law Review and other professional legal journals. Since late 2019, he has been a regular contributor of non-legal essays to The Chesapeake Observer, many of which will be published in the summer of 2023 as a book entitled “America in Turmoil: Essays on Politics, Society, and the Future of America.”

Mr. Briggs is admitted to the bar association of the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit. He is also a member of the bar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Briggs was graduated in 1965 from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in English. in 1965. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Georgetown University Law Center in 1972, where he was also Executive Editor of the international law journal: Law and Policy in International Business. From 1966 to 1969, he served the country as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict. In the upcoming years, he plans to do more writing and hopes to write additional books that are not directly related the law.

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