Taylor Owings ’13 named acting chief of staff of U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division

Jul 28, 2020

Taylor Owings ’13 has been appointed acting chief of staff and senior counsel of the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Her appointment was announced by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division.

Owings had previously served as counsel to the assistant attorney general since February 2018. For the past year, she served on the leadership team organizing the Antitrust Division’s role in the Justice Department’s ongoing review of market-leading online platforms. She was honored for her work in the Antitrust Division with the Assistant Attorney General’s Award of Distinction in 2018 and with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2019.

“Taylor has excelled in her role as counsel, advising on appellate and intellectual property issues, as well as overseeing matters in the Technology & Financial Services Section and civil matters in the San Francisco Office. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Taylor has made herself invaluable whenever a critical or novel issue comes up,” said Delrahim.  “I fully expect to continue to rely on her wise counsel and for her to bring her great dedication and initiative to the role of chief of staff.”

Before joining the Department of Justice, Owings practiced antitrust law at firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Immediately after earning her J.D. at Vanderbilt, she was a law clerk for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and for Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt Law School, where she served on the board of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Her Law Review Note, “Identifying a Maverick When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor,” won the 2013 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She also holds a master of science degree from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in economics from Harvard College.


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