Areas of Practice
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 1975, Managing Board (Notes Editor), Virginia Law Review, Order of the Coif
  • Rutgers University, B.A., with honors, 1972, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • US Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Ellen M. McNamara

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6410
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Throughout her career, Ellen McNamara has provided exceptional client service using superb litigation and counseling skills on a broad variety of antitrust matters and internal investigations.

Ms. McNamara's recent antitrust work has included the defense of a foreign government’s investigation into alleged horizontal and vertical price-fixing by a US company and a multinational investigation into alleged horizontal price-fixing by a foreign corporation. She has counseled numerous clients concerning a wide variety of cooperative activities among competitors such as joint ventures, teaming agreements, information exchanges, trade association activities, joint lobbying, and other activities designed to influence legislative and regulatory initiatives. Her work has included the analysis of strategic acquisitions, advocacy before federal enforcement agencies on merger-related matters, including both opposition to and support of proposed mergers and acquisitions, and responding to second requests under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Ms. McNamara also has substantial experience with “Made in USA” advertising claims and in price discrimination issues under the Robinson-Patman Act.

Ms. McNamara has represented defense contractors and commercial suppliers to the US government in connection with Department of Justice and Inspector General investigations, as well as voluntary disclosures, qui tam and other False Claims Act cases, including responding to civil investigative demands, advocacy before the investigating agents and agencies, and negotiating creative resolutions of complex issues. 

In addition to antitrust and contractor fraud matters, Ms. McNamara has represented clients in connection with a broad range of other government investigations. She has conducted numerous internal corporate investigations and advised corporate boards and senior managers on issues involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and whistleblower claims. She also has worked with clients to review and enhance their corporate compliance programs.

Ms. McNamara has spoken and written on these topics at bar association and continuing legal education events.