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Gene Kimmelman joined the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice on April 20, 2009, when he was appointed to serve the division as its chief counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations.
Mr. Kimmelman has extensive knowledge of a wide variety of public policy issues, with expertise in consumer protection, telecommunications, product liability, and antitrust law. Immediately prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Kimmelman served as vice president for Federal and International Affairs at Consumers Union (CU), publisher of Consumer Reports magazine and an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair and safe marketplace for all consumers. At CU, Mr. Kimmelman was responsible for the management and oversight of all of CU’s national and international public policy and advocacy activities which covered a broad array of consumer issues, including product safety, health care, financial services, food safety, and media policy. Mr. Kimmelman took a six-month leave of absence during 2008, to serve as acting director general of Consumers International, a federation of more than 200 consumer organizations from over 100 countries (of which Consumers Union is a member) based in London.
Prior to joining CU, Mr. Kimmelman served for two years as chief counsel and staff director for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to that, he was legislative director for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) where, during his 10-year tenure, he directed CFA's legislative, regulatory, and judicial intervention program, including being the lead consumer litigator in the U.S v. AT&T case. Mr. Kimmelman began his career as a consumer advocate and staff attorney for Public Citizen's Congress Watch.
Mr. Kimmelman is a recognized authority on consumer protection matters and has been widely quoted on policy issues in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has been interviewed frequently for network and cable television news programs.
Mr. Kimmelman is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brown University. He studied in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow at Copenhagen University's graduate program on the public sector. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and was the recipient of the University's Fortsman Fellowship in 1980. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.