A member of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s antitrust department, Ilene Knable Gotts represents and counsels clients on a range of antitrust matters, particularly those relating to mergers and acquisitions. Ms Gotts began her career as a staff attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission in conduct and merger investigations.

In 1995, Ms Gotts served as the president of the Washington Council of Lawyers. She was the chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the Federal Bar Association from 1995 to 1997 and chair of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association from 2005 to 2006. Ms Gotts served as the chair of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law from 2009 to 2010. She previously served as the international officer and on the council. Ms Gotts is regularly recognised as one of the world’s top antitrust lawyers, including having been named for over the past five years in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, as one of the top 15 global competition lawyers, in the first-tier ranking of Chambers USA Guide and as one of the ‘leading individuals’ in PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook.

Ms Gotts has served as the editor of the ABA’s treatise on the antitrust merger review process for the past 20 years and has had over 200 articles published on antitrust issues relating to mergers and acquisitions and Hart-Scott-Rodino compliance. She is also a frequent lecturer on antitrust topics. She serves on the advisory boards of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report, Antitrust Counselor and Antitrust Report, and as the co-editor of Competition Law International.

Ms Gotts received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her law degree was awarded, cum laude, by Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. She currently serves on the Counsel’s Council of Lincoln Center. In 2011, the New York State Bar Association Antitrust Section awarded Ms Gotts the William T Lifland Service Award for her service to the antitrust bar.