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The Path to Antitrust: A Panel for Law Students and Young Attorneys from Diverse Backgrounds

December 5 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Free event! No MCLE

Join our panel consisting of antitrust attorneys from law firms, government, and in-house to learn more about antitrust and competition law; the life of an antitrust practitioner; how you can become an antitrust attorney; and how to apply to our Inclusion & Diversity Fellowship program.

You can learn more about our Inclusion & Diversity Fellowship program and apply here!

The application deadline for the Inclusion & Diversity Fellowship program is Friday, January 6, 2023.

Moderator:  Kevin Yeh, Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California

Speakers:

  • Frank Qi, Senior Director and Legal Counsel – Antitrust, Qualcomm
  • Abiel Garcia, Partner, Kesselman Brantly Stockinger LLP
  • Michael Mikawa, Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Marshall Fern, 2022 Inclusion and Diversity Fellow, rising 3L at California Western School of Law, and the Executive Director of Notes and Comments of the California Western Law Review
  • Amara Conteh, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Speaker Bios

Kevin Yeh

Kevin Yeh is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. He was previously a Deputy City Attorney in the Complex and Affirmative Litigation Unit of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he specialized in antitrust, white-collar defense, and general litigation.  While at Gibson Dunn, he was seconded to Uber Technologies, Inc., where he handled global antitrust matters.  He clerked for Judge William H. Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  A San Francisco native, Kevin graduated from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Frank Qi

Frank Qi is currently Senior Director, Legal Counsel at Qualcomm advising different business units on antitrust matters, handling M&A as well as investigations and litigation across the world. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Frank practiced antitrust law at the Washington DC office of Ropes & Gray. He began his legal career through the US Department of Justice Honors Program at the Antitrust Division.

Abiel Garcia is a Partner of Kesselman, Brantly & Stockinger LLP. Prior to joining KBS, Mr. Garcia was an associate at Gibson Dunn, as a member of both their Antitrust and Competition and White Collar practice groups. He began his legal career as an Honors Attorney for the California Department of Justice, then as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, working in the Antitrust Section across his tenure. Mr. Garcia has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters including antitrust, unfair competition, business torts, breach of contract, and class actions.

Abiel Garcia

His previous matters have provided experience across a vast array of industries such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, oil and gas, and technology. Coupled with extensive litigation practice, Mr. Garcia has also provided antitrust counseling, merger clearance counseling, and compliance advice to a variety of leading corporations. In addition to his antitrust experience, Mr. Garcia has spent years conducting government and internal investigations, with a particular focus on cross-border matters in Mexico, Honduras, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean.

For the past five years, Mr. Garcia has served on the Executive Committee for the California State Bar’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition section, serving as a Vice Chair to the Diversity Committee, and also as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Antitrust and Unfair Corporation Section. He is a contributing author and editor of the leading treatise in California on antitrust and unfair competition law. Mr. Garcia received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he received the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar award. He earned his B.A. from Occidental College, where he majored in Economics. Mr. Garcia maintains a robust pro bono immigration practice, focusing on asylum cases and impact litigation stemming from the separation of families along the U.S. southern border.

Marshall Fern

Marshall Fern is currently a 3L at the California Western School of Law where he serves as the Executive Director of Notes and Comments for his school’s Law Review. Marshall is the recipient of the 2022 Inclusion and Diversity Fellowship, as a fellow he spent the past summer with the Attorney General’s office in the Healthcare Rights and Access Section, Competition Unit. At the AG’s office he worked on antitrust issues within the pharmaceutical industry and researched the effects pharmaceutical mergers have on market consolidation. He hopes to continue his education and career within the field of antitrust law. Outside of law school, he enjoys playing soccer, playing his guitar, and going to the beach.

Mike Mikawa

Mike Mikawa is a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in the San Francisco Office. His practice primarily focuses on investigating and litigating anticompetitive conduct in digital markets. Previously, Mike was an attorney in the Mergers IV and Technology Enforcement Divisions of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Mike was raised on his family’s strawberry farm in Watsonville, California and is a first-generation professional. He earned a double major in Economics and Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and earned his Juris Doctor from USC Law. 

Amara Conteh

Amara Conteh is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the firm’s antitrust practice. Her work encompasses a variety of antitrust matters, including civil and criminal litigation, merger reviews and government investigations.

Prior to law school, Amara worked as a research associate at Cambridge Associates, where she tracked hedge fund liquidity exposures for institutional investors. During law school, she worked in the George Washington University’s Technology Commercialization Office managing legal and business operations for patent license deals.

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