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 and the co-chair of the antitrust group for the law firm Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, a position he has held since 2009. In 2009, he was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, he was the chairman of the antitrust practice group at Howrey LLP from 1994 to 2005. He has been a partner and an associate with multiple law firms and he was a law clerk for Judge Frank J. Murray of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1972 to 1973.
Opposing the merger of General Electric and Honeywell International, Inc. in 2001 as a lawyer representing Rockwell International was one highlight of Mr. Briggs’s career. The merger would have been the largest industrial merger in United States history. He stood as the only lawyer publicly fighting against the merger, which ultimately failed. He has also achieved success in writing about his craft. He has authored numerous articles for the Chesapeake Observer, the Liber Amicorum Institute of Competition Law, Antitrust Magazine and several professional legal journals.
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 graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in English and history in 1965 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Georgetown University Law Center in 1972. 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 author books that are not related to legal matters.
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