W. David Braun is a member of the firm's Business Law Practice Group. Mr. Braun's practice focuses upon U.S. and foreign corporate, licensing, and antitrust law. He represents principally U.S. client interests in Europe and European clients in the U.S., including the establishment of new businesses and joint ventures; licensing of intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, including distributorships and sales representative agreements, antitrust counseling, and litigation with respect to such matters.
Mr. Braun has previous experience working with the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, where he conducted criminal and civil investigations, including several criminal and civil trials, reviewed pre-merger filings, conducted investigations of mergers and joint ventures, and participated in policy planning and international enforcement cooperation with foreign antitrust agencies. He also served as a U.S. Delegate to the OECD Committee of Experts on Restrictive Business Practices, Paris; Adviser to State Department delegation on the antitrust chapter of the UNCTAD Transfer of Technology Code, Geneva; and an Antitrust Division exchange fellow at German Federal Cartel Office, Berlin.
Education and Honors
- University of Munich Law Study (Certificate, 1979)
- University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1975)
- University of Illinois (B.A., with distinction, 1972)
Professional and Civic Activities
- Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, 2020 (Antitrust, International Business & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions)
- German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest Board of Directors (Chairman, 2003-2017)
- Chairman, German American Chambers of Commerce (2013–2015)
- Research Assistant, Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law (1978–1979)