James F. Rill is a senior counsel with Baker Botts in Washington, D.C., and the former assistant U.S. attorney general in charge of the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) Antitrust Division. He is also a former chairman of the American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Section.
During his tenure as assistant attorney general, he negotiated the U.S.-European Union Antitrust Cooperation Agreement of 1991 and issued the first joint Federal Trade Commission and DOJ Horizontal Merger Guidelines in 1992. In 1997, Rill was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Joel Klein to co-chair the DOJ’s International Competition Policy Advisory Committee, whose recommendations ultimately served as the stimulus for what became the International Competition Network (ICN).
He received his bachelor’s from Dartmouth College in 1954 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1959.