Chong S. Park
Chong is an antitrust partner based in Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office. Chong has nearly 25 years of experience as an antitrust counselor, litigator and trial lawyer, including five years as a senior attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Anticompetitive Practices Division. Chong’s antitrust practice focuses on high-stakes matters, including litigation, representation in government regulatory proceedings and investigations, and counseling. He has first-chaired bench and jury trials in federal and state courts and has substantial experience in class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Chong also has significant experience representing clients in proceedings initiated by the FTC, DOJ and the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition including third party subpoenas, Second Requests, merger investigations, “gun jumping” compliance investigations and divestiture proceedings.
Chong has extensive experience in cases involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, having litigated numerous cases involving issues of standards abuse and the alleged wrongful procurement and enforcement of patents for unfair competitive advantage. He has represented high technology companies in connection with investigations relating to the enforcement and licensing of standards-essential patents before the EU and US antitrust agencies and has counseled clients on patent pooling, licensing and consortium activities. Chong also has represented health care and pharmaceutical companies in numerous antitrust investigations and lawsuits.
During his five years with the FTC, Chong served as lead managing attorney and co-lead trial counsel in the FTC’s landmark standard-setting investigation and litigation, In re Union Oil Company (“Unocal”). As a result of his efforts on the Unocal case, Chong received the FTC’s Award for Superior Service. Also while at the FTC, Chong assisted in investigations across divisions, including merger, compliance, and health care investigations.
Chong has represented companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust lawsuits. His clients come from diverse business sectors including technology, health care, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services, food and beverage, and oil and gas.
- Lead counsel for a hold separate entity, Finishing Brands, created pursuant to a consent agreement of parties following the FTC’s challenge to Graco’s acquisition of Illinois Tool Work’s liquid finishing equipment business.
- Lead counsel for Crestron Electronics in antitrust litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts relating to the sale of home automation and control products.
- Represented a leading global asset management firm in an internal investigation of a portfolio company relating to potential fraud and corruption.
- Represented National Milk Producers Federation in a class action antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging manipulation of dairy and milk product pricing.
- Represented C-Spire (Cellular South) in antitrust litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia opposing the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.
- Represented CISCO, Scientific-Atlanta, Arris Group, Thomson, Ambit Microsystems, Netgear and a major telecommunications company in multidistrict litigation involving affirmative antitrust and unfair competition claims asserted against Rembrandt Technologies.
- Represented Loren Cook Company in assertion of Walker Process antitrust counterclaims in litigation brought by Greenheck Fan Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
- Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in defending antitrust claims brought by proposed classes of direct and indirect purchasers in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Represented Rohm Co., Ltd. in the assertion of antitrust counterclaims in litigation brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
- Represented LML Payment Systems in the assertion of antitrust counterclaims in litigation brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
- Represented a multinational electronics company in the assertion of affirmative fraud and unfair competition claims in litigation brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
The above representations were completed prior to joining Ropes & Gray.
- Quoted, “Department of Education Revokes Previous Approvals for Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” For The Record (September 2017)
- Co-author, “High Anxiety As First Student Loan Forgiveness Program 'Graduates' Come Due For Relief This October,” Forbes (September 19, 2017)
- Quoted, “New Fears For Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” NPR (August 2, 2017)
- Quoted, “Feds warn cops, firemen and teachers: There’s no guarantee on student loan forgiveness,” MarketWatch (August 2, 2017)
- Panelist, “Emerging Issues: Latest Trends and Insights in the Antitrust Rules for Standards Essential Patents,” Knowledge Group Webcast (June 30, 2015)
- Presenter, “US Antitrust Presentation to Shanghai Municipal Development and Reform Commission (DRC),” California State University, Long Beach (October 22, 2014)
- Panelist, “Not So Quiet on the Eastern Front: Emerging Antitrust Regimes in Asia,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Fourth Annual International Law Symposium (November 17, 2011)
- Panelist, “Antitrust and Administrative Law: The Pros and Cons of Antitrust Enforcement by the FTC,” ABA Annual Conference (Summer 2010)
- Panelist, “The Supreme Court Rediscovers Antitrust: Understanding Recent Decisions,” ABA Section of Administrative Law Conference (Fall 2007)
- Panelist, “Unresolved Questions at the Heart of the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine,” ABA Section of Antitrust Spring Meeting (Spring 2004)