Christine Varney (L’86)

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP


Christine A. Varney is a partner in Cravath’s litigation department and serves as the chair of the firm’s antitrust practice. She has been widely recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States in both private practice and in government service, and she is the only person to have served as both the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission.

The National Law Journal selected her as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and as one of 50 “Governance, Risk & Compliance Trailblazers & Pioneers.” She was also recognized by the publication as a Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer. Varney was named a “Competition MVP” by Law360 and “Lawyer of the Year” by Global Competition Review (GCR). She also was featured by GCR as one of the top “Women in Antitrust” worldwide and received Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Award for “Best in Antitrust/Competition.”

Varney currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and Third Way. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Brennan Center for Justice and The Legal Aid Society and on the Board of Advisors of the American Constitution Society. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves as a member of the International Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, The American Law Institute and The Economic Club of New York. She is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, teaching the course “Antitrust in Action.”

Varney received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1977, an MPA from Syracuse University in 1982, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986.