|Thomas O. Barnett|
|Occupation||Assistant attorney general for anti-trust|
|Employer||US Department of Justice|
Thomas O. Barnett is assistant attorney general for anti-trust at the US Department of Justice, assuming the position in February 2006.
As the senior enforcement official for US competition policy, Barnett has overseen the first review of a deal involving a US derivatives exchange - clearing the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's successful bid for the Chicago Board of Trade.
Barnett's division has also triggered controversy in the industry with its call in January 2008 for a review of the practice of allowing futures exchanges - excluding energy-focused operations - to control their own clearinghouses.
Barnett became the anti-trust division's acting assistant attorney general on June 25, 2005 and previously served as the deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement, a position occupied since April 18, 2004.
Prior to the DoJ he was a partner in the Washington DC office of Covington & Burling, and clerked for the Hon. Harrison Winter of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Barnett graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989 and received a Master of Science degree in economics in 1986 from the London School of Economics. He received his BA in 1985 from Yale University.
- Barnett appointed interim chief of antitrust division. Financial Times.
- Opponents of all-Chicago deal find case has backfired. Financial Times.
- Biography. DoJ.