Chong S. Park
Chong is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 25 years experience serving as lead counsel in complex litigation and government investigations for companies and individuals. His practice focuses on antitrust, privacy and cybersecurity, consumer protection, and commercial litigation.
Based in Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices, Chong is renowned for his experience as a litigator, having served five years as a senior trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, and also having served previously as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.
Chong has first-chaired bench and jury trials in federal and state courts and has substantial experience in class action litigation and government enforcement actions. His practice focuses on high-stakes matters, representation in government regulatory proceedings and investigations, alternative dispute resolution, and counseling. In proceedings initiated by government agencies, Chong has significant experience representing clients before the FTC, DOJ and the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition. He also has represented clients in proceedings initiated by various State Attorneys General.
In cases involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, Chong has extensive experience and has 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.
Chong has represented companies in government investigations as both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation. His clients come from diverse business sectors including technology, health care, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services, food and beverage, and oil and gas.
Chong also maintains an active pro bono docket. He has had substantial experience in handling criminal matters and appeals, immigration and asylum cases, disability and civil rights matters, and he is currently lead counsel for the American Bar Association and individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s handling of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (“PSLF”).
Chong is a triathlete, has a black belt in tae kwon do, and has competed on the local, state, and national levels in both disciplines.
- Lead counsel in pending DOJ investigation for multinational technology company.
- Lead counsel in several pending FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection investigations.
- Lead litigation/trial counsel for DraftKings in connection with FTC preliminary injunction challenge of proposed merger with Fan Duel.
- 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.*
Representations denoted with an asterisk were completed prior to joining Ropes & Gray.
- Quoted, “In about-face, several ABA employees are told they qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” ABA Journal (August 27, 2019)
- Quoted, “ABA Secures Loan Forgiveness Status After 3-Year Battle,” Law.com (August 27, 2019)
- Quoted, “ABA Urges Dept. Of Ed. Redo Of Loan Forgiveness Denials,” Law360 (September 26, 2018)
- Quoted, “Decision in ABA's Fight Over Texas Pro Bono Loan Forgiveness Yet to Come,” The Texas Lawyer (September 26, 2018)
- Quoted, “Huffington sentenced to time served for 1981 Harford double murder,” The Baltimore Sun (December 6, 2017)
- 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)
- JD, Stanford Law School, 1992; associate editor, Stanford Law Review, Co-President, Moot Court Board, Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award
- BA, magna cum laude, Yale University, 1987