Renata B. Hesse is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell, Ms. Hesse served as the Acting Assistant Attorney
General responsible for overseeing the Antitrust Division of the United States
Department of Justice from April 2016 to January 2017. Ms. Hesse served as the Deputy
Assistant Attorney General for Criminal and Civil Operations, and Principal Deputy
Assistant Attorney General, between 2012 and 2016. She was a career trial attorney in
the Division between 1997 and 2006, during the last four years of which she served as
the Chief of the Networks and Technology Section. Over the course of her 15 years at
the Division, Ms. Hesse has played a leading role in a number of the Division’s most
challenging and important investigations and litigations, including serving as the Acting
Assistant Attorney General in the Division’s review of the mergers between Comcast
and Time Warner and Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron, deputy assistant attorney
general overseeing the Division’s challenge to the US Airways/American Airlines merger,
and lead attorney during the remedy phase of the Division’s monopoly maintenance
case against Microsoft.
Before rejoining the Division in 2012, Ms. Hesse served as Senior Counsel to the
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where she was responsible for
overseeing the FCC’s review of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T‐Mobile. She was also a
partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s antitrust group.
Ms. Hesse has been frequently recognized as a leading and influential antitrust lawyer,
with a particular focus in the areas of intellectual property and high technology.
Ms. Hesse received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and
her B.A. from Wellesley College.