The former head of criminal enforcement in the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division has decided to leave the government side of law, accepting a job with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Scott Hammond will focus on criminal antitrust and international cartel matters as a partner in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. He comes to Gibson Dunn after 25 years with the antitrust division. He was named the division’s director of criminal enforcement in 2000 and deputy assistant attorney general in 2005.

A Gibson Dunn statement says that in recent days, Hammond has supervised domestic and international criminal investigations and prosecutions. Among those is a September 2013 guilty plea from nine Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd., for an alleged price-fixing conspiracy targeting auto makers that resulted in inflated costs of at least $5 billion.

According to Bloomberg, Gary Spratling, co-chairman of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice group, previously worked with Hammond in the antitrust division. The chairman praised Hammond’s work, saying in a statement, “He first established a model enforcement program that is being replicated around the world, and then was a leading force in facilitating international cooperation among antitrust authorities globally.”

Spratling also said that, “Scott is a long-standing leader of global cartel investigations and prosecutions, and his addition will ensure that Gibson Dunn will continue to be the ‘go-to’ firm for cartel defense work.”

Gibson Dunn is a major global firm featuring more than 1,100 lawyers across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Gareth Evans, a partner with Gibson Dunn focused on complex litigation, writes a bi-weekly technology feature for


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