Katharine O’Connor

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Katharine (Kate) O’Connor focuses her practice on complex antitrust litigation, antitrust investigations brought by the US antitrust regulators and state attorneys general, and counseling clients on antitrust compliance questions. Kate also regularly represents clients before the antitrust regulators related to mergers and acquisitions. Kate has experience representing clients in a wide array of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, food and finance. Kate is a member of the firm’s antitrust and competition practice, which Global Competition Review has designated a “Global Elite” and “Illinois Elite” practice. She has been recognized by Global Competition Review, Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500 US and Super Lawyers as excelling in the field of antitrust. Read Katharine O’Connor's full bio.

Key Takeaways From the FTC’s Final Noncompete Rule: What It Means and Next Steps for Employers


By , and on Jun 7, 2024
Posted In Employment

During a recent webinar, Paul Hughes, Brian Mead and Katharine O’Connor shed light on pressing questions about the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) rule preventing all employers from using noncompete clauses. They explained the impact of the Final Rule on current noncompete agreements, examined the legal issues around enforcing a noncompete ban and ensuing litigation, and outlined what employers...

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FTC Issues Rule Banning Worker Noncompete Agreements


By , , , , and on Apr 30, 2024
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation, Labor

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 along party lines to ban all new noncompete agreements nationwide and render existing noncompete agreements binding most workers unenforceable. The Final Rule, slated for publication in the Federal Register, provides that employers’ use of noncompete agreements amounts to an “unfair method of competition” that runs afoul...

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Growing Antitrust Scrutiny of Healthcare Mergers: What Healthcare Executives Need to Know


By on Oct 5, 2022
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans

How can healthcare executives navigate the growing antitrust scrutiny of healthcare mergers, and what are some of the key issues facing executives in the current regulatory environment? In this conversation with The Chartis Group, McDermott Partner Katharine O’Connor discusses the legal considerations for healthcare executives seeking to navigate mergers. Access the article.

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