J. Anthony Chavez is Senior Counsel - Mergers & Acquisitions, Exxon Mobil Corporation, where his practice currently focuses on acquisitions, divestitures, formation of joint ventures, and providing antitrust advice. During his career, he has handled drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements, antitrust litigation and other complex litigation, internal investigations, governmental investigations (civil and criminal), compliance programs, premerger clearances, FCPA issues, and technology licensing, as well as issues relating to trade associations and information exchanges.
He has been active for many years in the ABA Antitrust Law Section and currently serves as the Section’s Technology Officer (term 2020 – 2022). Previously, he served the Section as a Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (2018 – 2020), Committee Officer (2017 – 2018), Finance Officer (2016 – 2017), Secretary and Communications Officer (2014 – 2016), member of the Section’s Council (2011 – 2014), member of the Nominating Committee (2012 – 2013), Co-Chair, Technology and Financial Resources Task Force (2010 – 2011), Vice Chair, Technology Resources Committee (2007 – 2010), member of the Competitiveness Task Force (2008 - 2009), member of the Long Range Planning Committee (2006 – 2007), Vice Chair of the Sherman Act Section 2 Committee (2003 – 2006), Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee (2000 – 2003), Vice Chair of the Corporate Counseling Committee (1998 – 2000), member of a Section working group which drafted comments on the European Commission’s discussion paper on the application of Article 82 to exclusionary abuses (2005 – 2006), member of a Section Task Force which drafted comments on the Standards Development Organization Advancement Act of 2003 (2003), and as a member of ABA Task Force (Sections of Antitrust Law, International Law and Practice, and Intellectual Property Law) which drafted comments on the European Commission's Evaluation Report on the Transfer of Technology Block Exemption Regulation No. 240/96; Technology Transfer Agreements Under Article 81 (2002).
In addition, for the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the Houston Bar Association, he served as Chair (1997 – 1998); Vice Chair (1996 – 1997); Secretary/Treasurer (1995 – 1996); and Council Member (1993 – 1995). He also served as Chair of the Standard Setting Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (2001 – 2002).