Chuck Loughlin

Chuck Loughlin

Washington, D.C.

Email chuck.loughlin@​

Phone +1 202 637 5661

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Charles "Chuck" Loughlin, former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chief Trial Counsel, is a partner in the Antitrust, Competition, and Economic Regulation group. Chuck has more than 25 years in both public service and private practice, with experience in multiple industrial sectors, including financial, pharmaceutical, and technology, enabling him to help companies navigate competition and antitrust issues across the United States.

Chuck handled some of the most significant antitrust matters to come before the FTC and was awarded the FTC's Award for Distinguished Service. He led the Impax Labs trial, co-led the Staples/Office Depot merger trial, and supervised the Tronox/Cristal merger trial and the 1-800 Contacts non-merger trial. While in private practice, Chuck was involved in the first trial of an antitrust challenge to so-called "reverse payment" patent settlements.

Awards and recognitions


Antitrust: Merger Control, Recommended
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 1993

B.A., University of New Hampshire, summa cum laude, 1989

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Representative experience

In re Impax Laboratories, Inc. (Administrative Court). Served as lead trial counsel.*

FTC v. Staples, Inc., et al. (D.D.C.). Served as co-lead trial counsel.*

FTC v. Tronox Ltd., et al. (D.D.C. and Administrative Court). Supervised lead trial counsel. Managed all aspects of litigation and trial.*

In re 1-800 Contacts, Inc. (Administrative Court). Supervised lead trial counsel. Managed all aspects of litigation and trial.*

In re Wholesale Grocers Antitrust Litigation (D. Minn.) Served as lead counsel for client.*

In re Optical Disk Drives Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Served as lead counsel for client on class certification.*

In re Cathode Ray Tubes Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Responsible for defense expert witness and deposing opposing expert.*

In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation (D. N.J.). Managed all aspects of litigation on day-to-day basis.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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