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Jonathan Kanter, Big Law Veteran, Keeps Distance From Defense Bar

Jonathan Kanter testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Jonathan Kanter, the Justice Department’s antitrust head, came to the University of Chicago earlier this year to lay out his agenda for more muscular enforcement, and was asked about government lawyers angling for lucrative jobs in private practice.