- The Washington Times - Friday, October 4, 2002

Assistant Attorney General Charles A. James, who leads the Justice Department's antitrust division and headed the massive Microsoft investigation, is quitting to pursue an opportunity in the private sector, Attorney General John Ashcroft said yesterday.
"Charles James has been a valued asset to the Department of Justice," Mr. Ashcroft said. "He is a man of the utmost integrity and fairness. He has been a dedicated and tireless advocate for consumers and for competition, and he will be missed.
"I thank him for his long service to the department and to our nation," Mr. Ashcroft said.
Mr. James, unanimously confirmed by the Senate in June 2001, will become vice president and general counsel of Chevron Texaco Corp., and is expected to assume his new duties later this year.
"It has been an honor to serve the Department of Justice under strong and solid leadership," Mr. James said. "I am grateful for the opportunity Attorney General Ashcroft has afforded me, and look forward to my future endeavor which provides me with a unique personal and professional experience."
Last year, Mr. James oversaw the Justice Department's proposed settlement with Microsoft on antitrust charges brought against the software giant. The settlement, supported by the Bush administration, was in sharp contrast to a lengthy lawsuit and proposed criminal penalties sought by the Clinton administration.
Under his leadership, the antitrust division undertook a modernization plan Justice Department officials said would create a structure to address new industries, network competition and other emerging trends in the economy. The program was designed to deploy resources in a manner that responded to "an increasingly complex business environment" by redefining areas of responsibility and streamlining reporting lines to improve the overall efficiency of the division.
The modernization also transformed certain task forces into full-fledged sections and recognized the emergence and future importance of certain areas of the economy and the need for concentrated, focused expertise in these industries.
A focus of the plan, Mr. James said at the time, was an improvement in the division's ability to effectively marshal and deploy its resources and expertise in investigating and enforcing the antitrust laws in these as well as all other areas.
Under the plan, various litigation groups within the antitrust division were renamed and reorganized to allow antitrust lawyers to maintain a Washington criminal-enforcement presence with nationwide responsibility, to oversee a full range of civil-enforcement responsibilities and to balance the merger workload while ensuring a continued focus on non-merger matters.
Before his Justice Department appointment, Mr. James practiced law at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue's Washington office, where he chaired the firm's antitrust and trade regulation practice. His practice concentrated on the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, particularly in the telecommunications, health and information technology.
After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1979, Mr. James joined the Federal Trade Commission, where he served as assistant to the director of the FTC's bureau of competition. In 1985, he went to Jones Day, where he practiced law until 1989, when he left to join the first Bush administration in the antitrust division, serving as a deputy assistant attorney general and later as acting assistant attorney general.
Mr. James returned to Jones Day in 1992, where he practiced law until his confirmation as assistant attorney general.

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