Howard Shelanski
  1. Partner

Mr. Shelanski is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department in Washington DC, practicing in the Antitrust & Competition Group. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on antitrust and regulation, with high-level experience at  the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and in the Executive branch of government. He is also a Professor of Law at Georgetown University.

Mr. Shelanski served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2013 to 2017. Previously, he was Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics, where he supervised economic analysis and advised the Commission on economic policy matters. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Bureau’s Deputy Director.

Before joining the FTC and the Georgetown Faculty, Mr. Shelanski was a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-directed the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology from 2000 to 2008.

He was Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission from 1999 to 2000, and a Senior Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers at the White House from 1998 to 1999.

Mr. Shelanski served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Work Highlights

  • Aetna on its $77 billion acquisition by CVS Health
  • IHS Markit on its $44 billion all-stock merger with S&P Global 
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation on its $26 billion acquisition of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
  • Roche on its $4.3 billion acquisition of Spark Therapeutics
  • Advanced Accelerator Applications on its $3.9 billion acquisition by Novartis
  • A major biotechnology company on various pricing, exclusivity, and other contracting issues
  • Services Group of America on the $1.8 billion sale of its five operating companies collectively known as SGA’s Food Group of Companies to US Foods
  • Tyson Foods on its $4.2 billion acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods
  • Dean Foods Company on the pending acquisition by Dairy Farmers of America of a substantial portion of Dean Foods’s business operations
  • Natura on its $3.5 billion acquisition of Avon Products
  • Heineken on its non-binding agreements with China Resources Enterprise and China Resources Beer (Holdings) to create a long-term strategic partnership in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau
  • Williams on its $1.125 billion combined sale of assets and equity comprising Williams Partners L.P.’s Four Corners Area business in New Mexico and Colorado to Harvest Midstream Company
  • Millicom on its $1.65 billion acquisition of Telefónica assets in Latin America
  • Tencent and Tencent Music Entertainment in connection with their equity investments with Spotify and their strategic investment in Universal Music Group
  • IHS Markit on its $1.855 billion acquisition of Ipreo from private equity funds managed by Blackstone and the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division
  • Aptiv PLC on its $650 million acquisition of Winchester Interconnect from an affiliate of Snow Phipps Group


  • The National Law Journal “Washington DC Trailblazer,” 2020
  • The National Law Journal “Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer,” 2018

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2017-present
  • Professor of Law, Georgetown University, 2011-present
  • Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, White House Office of Management and Budget, 2013-2017
  • Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission, 2012-2013
  • Counsel, Davis Polk, 2011-2012
  • Deputy Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission, 2009-2011
  • Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1997-2009
  • Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission, 1999-2000
  • Senior Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisers, 1998-1999
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States, 1994-1995
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Louis H. Pollak, U.S. District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania, 1993-1994
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1992-1993

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • B.A., History, Haverford College, 1986
  • J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law, 1992
    • Order of the Coif
  • Ph.D., Economics, UC Berkeley, 1993


  • French
  • Spanish