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Jamillia Ferris

US Head of antitrust, competition, and trade

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Praised for her “calm, thoughtful, [and] practical” approach along with her stand-out ability to “translate complicated issues in an easily understandable way to board members and executives."

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About Jamillia Ferris

Jamillia is a partner and head of Freshfields US antitrust, competition, and trade practice, based in our Washington, DC office. Jamillia represents industry-leading companies before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on merger matters and civil conduct investigations as well as provides antitrust counsel on a wide range of business practices.

Jamillia served in various leadership positions, and has overseen mergers, at both the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In 2014, she was hired to lead the FCC's review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. In this role, Jamillia directed all aspects of the FCC’s investigation. She was also a member of the steering committee overseeing the FCC's review of Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. While at the DOJ, Jamillia served as chief of staff and counsel to the assistant attorney general of the Antitrust Division.

As a leader in her field, Jamillia is consistently recognized for work by Chambers, Global Competition Review, and Who’s Who Legal among others. She is regularly asked to present to global audiences on the state of antitrust law; and after having held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association, Jamillia currently serves on the Council of the Antitrust Section of the ABA.

In addition to her antitrust practice, Jamillia is on the board of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides comprehensive legal services to victims of domestic violence, as well as on the Advisory Council of Lemonada Media.

Recent work

Jamillia’s experience includes advising:

  • Coupa on its pending $8 billion sale to Thoma Bravo
  • Credit Karma in its sale to Intuit
  • Bungie in its sale to Sony
  • Zynga in its sale to Take Two
  • Lumentum in its acquisitions of NeoPhotonics and Oclaro
  • DeepMap in its sale to Nvidia
  • MaxLinear in its proposed acquisition of Silicon Motion
  • Mandiant in its proposed acquisition by Google



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., The George Washington University

Associations and Memberships

  • Editor, The Source (ABA Antitrust Law Section publication)
  • Vice Chair, Media and Technology Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, 2015-2018
  • Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, 2013-2015
  • Co-Chair, Fall Forum Conference, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, 2014
  • Vice Chair, Professional Development Committee, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2014
  • Non-Governmental Advisor, International Competition Network, 2013-2014

Awards and recognition

  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America – Antitrust & Competition Law, inc. M&A, Clearance, Investigations, Litigation
  • Recognized in Global Competition Review's 2021 edition of Women in Antitrust
  • Band ranked in the 2021-2022 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition of Global Competition Review/Who’s Who Legal – Competition


  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of Maryland