Latham & Watkins' Elizabeth Prewitt explores in an interview what went into the uncommon decision to reserve her opening argument for chicken wholesale executive Tim Mulrenin in the February price-fixing case.
Elizabeth Prewitt is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department and a member of the Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. She focuses on managing responses to both civil and criminal government antitrust investigations.
Ms. Prewitt defends corporations and executives facing complex and often cross-border antitrust investigations initiated by US federal (DOJ), state, and foreign competition enforcement agencies. She is an experienced trial lawyer who represents companies in high-stakes antitrust litigation matters.
Prior to transitioning to private practice, Ms. Prewitt spent 16 years as a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). She served as Assistant Chief of the Antitrust Division in the New York office from 2012 to 2014 and as a Visiting International Enforcer to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition in Brussels. Ms. Prewitt is a first-chair trial counsel and two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (the DOJ’s second highest award) and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award. She was the lead prosecutor for the DOJ’s criminal antitrust cartel investigations into rigging of Libor and Forex rates and managed those investigations alongside parallel investigations by domestic and foreign competition and fraud enforcers and regulators.
Ms. Prewitt is known as a preeminent competition lawyer and has been recognized internationally by leading publications, including as a “leading lawyer” by Global Competition Review; Expert Guides: Business Law and Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition recognizing her as “one of the leading cartel lawyers in the US” who is praised as a “talented criminal antitrust lawyer with strong presence;” The Legal 500, recognizing her for being “exceptionally knowledgeable, commercial, user-friendly and responsive;” and Chambers USA, with sources describing her as an “expert in antitrust law” and “very smart, very strategic and very user-friendly.”
Ms. Prewitt is Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Antitrust Section’s Cartel Working Group and Vice-Chair of the Programs Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the David E. Rockefeller Foundation.