Alan Devlin, former Acting Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, represents world-leading clients in their most sophisticated antitrust and competition matters, with a particular focus on merger control.

Mr. Devlin combines his understanding of economics with commercial pragmatism to advise on all aspects of antitrust law, including:

  • Global merger clearance
  • Antitrust litigation and appeals
  • Government investigations, including FTC 6(b) industry studies

Leveraging his extensive FTC experience, he infuses an awareness of agency priorities into the earliest stages of a client’s merger agreement and guides them through their most sophisticated antitrust matters. 

A recognized thought leader, Mr. Devlin has authored three books — Reforming Antitrust (Cambridge Univ. Press 202 1 ), Antitrust & Patent Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2016), and Fundamental Principles of Law & Economics (Routledge 2014) — and over 30 law review articles, many of which have been cited in cases or have won awards.

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

Mr. Devlin received a doctorate (J.S.D.), focusing on antitrust law and economics, under the supervision of Judge Richard A. Posner. He subsequently 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 (now of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit).

Mr. Devlin advises on all aspects of antitrust law, including merger clearance before the FTC and Department of Justice, as well as counseling and litigation.


His merger clearance and antitrust litigation experience includes representing:

  • Avadel Pharmaceuticals in its monopolization case against Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Frontier Airlines in its proposed acquisition of Spirit Airlines
  • Gulf Oil in its sale of oil terminals to Global Partners LP 
  • Crimson Midstream in its acquisition of the San Pablo Bay oil pipeline from Shell in California
  • IPSCO in its US$1.2 billion acquisition by Tenaris in the oil country tubular goods industry





Bar Qualification

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • JD, Stanford Law School, 2007
  • JSD, University of Chicago Law School, 2006
  • LLM, University of Chicago Law School, 2005
  • BBLS (International), University College Dublin, 2004
    First Class Honours