U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft last week named Charles James as his nominee for assistant attorney general for the antitrust division of the U.S. Justice Department.
James, 46, is a veteran healthcare antitrust attorney with the Washington office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he chairs the firm's antitrust and trade regulation practice.
James previously held antitrust enforcement posts in the Justice Department as well as the Federal Trade Commission.
"Charles has an enormous amount of experience in the antitrust field," Ashcroft said in a written statement, "as well as an impressive background in government service."
William Kopit, a healthcare antitrust attorney with the Washington office of Epstein, Becker & Green, said James is an inspired choice for the position. Kopit said James might be one of the only Justice Department assistant attorneys general experienced in the complexities of the healthcare business.
"He's very knowledgeable and well-schooled in healthcare issues," Kopit said. "That will be very helpful to more rigorous enforcement. In James you have someone who really understands the economic realities of the healthcare industry."