Areas of Practice
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1964
  • Amherst College, B.A., cum laude, Economics, 1962
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia

David L. Roll

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8169
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

David L. Roll has more than 35 years of experience in antitrust and administrative law matters. He has successfully defended clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and the FTC. He provides clients with merger analysis, asset redeployment planning, Hart-Scott-Rodino filing and second request process, and techniques for securing approval of proposed mergers and joint ventures. He also defends clients in litigation and trial of complex treble damage cases. Clients benefit from David’s deep insight serving as former assistant director of the bureau of competition at the FTC, where he was responsible for litigation of approximately one quarter of the Bureau's antitrust cases. David, a former Steptoe chairman, also founded the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation that calls on a global network of top tier commercial law firms to provide pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world. In 2009 he was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures and recognized by President Barack Obama.

Over the years, David has challenged and defended dozens of federal regulations and regulatory actions. These have involved crude oil and refined product pricing, banking, insurance, food and drug, ocean carriage, and consumer credit. In the course of this work, he has litigated in numerous federal agencies, federal district courts, most federal circuit courts, and the US Supreme Court. In a six-week jury trial, David defended the last major class action brought under the federal oil price controls.

David is a non-fiction author specializing in the history of the Roosevelt-Truman years. In 2013 Oxford published his second book, The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler. As a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, David is currently under contract with Penguin/Random House to write a new treatment of General George C. Marshall.


  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation, 2013
  • Euromoney’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Assistant Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, Awards for distinguished service

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Selected Publications

  • The FTC as an Antitrust Enforcement Agency: Its Structure, Powers and Procedures, an American Bar Association Monograph

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section
      • Chair, Clayton Act Committee, 1985-1988
      • Vice Chair, Robinson-Patman Act Committee, 1984-1985
    • Litigation Section
      • Co-Chair, Energy Committee, 1992-1993