Sean Royall is a partner in Kirkland’s Dallas and Washington, D.C., offices and focuses on antitrust and consumer protection from both the litigation and government investigations perspectives. Sean previously served in a high-level position at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as the Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, where he played a prominent role in shaping and overseeing the agency’s antitrust enforcement agenda. In that capacity, Sean supervised the FTC’s investigations of many major mergers and acquisitions and also served as lead trial counsel in a landmark patent-related monopolization suit the FTC brought against computer chip designer Rambus Inc. Since leaving the government and returning to private practice in 2003, in addition to his decades of distinction as a nationally prominent antitrust attorney, Sean has become one of the leading lawyers in the country handling complex consumer protection matters involving marketing and advertising practices, privacy, and data security, often in relation to investigations and enforcement actions brought by the FTC and state attorneys general.

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