Jay N. Varon is a partner in Foley's Washington, D.C. office. He is a former chair of the firm’s Antitrust Practice and he is the current chair of the firm’s Consumer Law, Finance & Class Action Practice. Jay litigates a broad variety of commercial matters and class actions including antitrust, unfair competition, UDAPP, environmental, and administrative procedure cases. He counsels clients in antitrust and trade regulation matters, including federal scrutiny of corporate mergers and acquisitions, predatory and below-cost pricing concerns, Robinson Patman Act questions, dealer and distribution issues, and matters arising under a variety of consumer finance statutes including RESPA, TILA, and FCRA.
Clients value Jay’s many years of experience as both a litigator and counselor, as well as his command of alternative means of dispute resolution, upon which he has written and lectured, and which he has utilized, both as an advocate and as a mediator.
Jay is a magna cum laude graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He attended Stanford Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Stanford Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. Following law school, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.
Jay has authored many publications on high stake litigation and antitrust and RESPA topics, including several U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs for industry trade associations in such cases as Spokeo v. Robins, (Article III Standing) and Freeman v. Quicken Loans (RESPA); “Promoting Settlements and Limiting Costs By Means of the Offer of Judgment: Some Suggestions for Using and Revising Rule 68 33 Am. U. Law Rev. 813 (1984);” as well as shorter blog articles or pamphlets: “China Agritech: The Supreme Court Ends Class Action Stacking," (2018); "Justices Scrutinize The Pros and Cons of Extending American Pipe Tolling," (2018).
He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and California*.
*California bar membership currently inactive.