Alan J. Devlin

Washington, D.C.
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA

Alan Devlin is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department. His practice focuses on antitrust, appellate, and intellectual-property matters.

Mr. Devlin rejoined the firm in 2017 after spending two years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he was Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition and, previously, an advisor to Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman of the FTC‎.

Under the supervision of Judge Richard A. Posner, Mr. Devlin received a doctorate of jurisprudence (JSD), focusing in antitrust law and economics, from the University of Chicago. He also clerked for the late Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Judge Amy J. St. Eve of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Devlin is the author of two books — Antitrust & Patent Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2015) and Principles of Law & Economics (Routledge 2014). He has also published over 30 law review articles, many of which have been cited in cases or have won awards. His work features in the Stanford Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Journal of Competition Law & Economics, the Yale Law & Policy Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, and elsewhere.

Mr. Devlin teaches antitrust as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He has previously taught courses on law and economics, innovation policy, competition, and intellectual property.

Mr. Devlin’s practice focuses on all aspects of antitrust law, including merger clearance before the FTC and Department of Justice, as well as counseling and litigation. He has a particularly strong background in the intersection of intellectual property and competition law.

Mr. Devlin is a 2007 graduate of Stanford Law School, where he served as articles editor for the Stanford Law Review. He also holds a first-class-honours degree in business and law from University College Dublin.

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