The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) will honor Robert A. Skitol with AAI’s 2021 Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement. He will be honored posthumously at AAI’s Awards Night on November 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Robert A. Skitol, a former Chairman of the Board of AAI, passed away on July 4, 2021. At the time, the AAI community mourned his passing with a tribute to his indelible and rich legacy. “Bob Skitol is a very special posthumous recipient of AAI’s Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement,” said AAI President Diana Moss. “We honor Bob’s contributions as a remarkable antitrust lawyer, advisor, supporter, and steady-at-the-helm chair—qualities that made our journey, individually and as an organization, more meaningful and successful.”
Mr. Skitol was a senior partner in the Antitrust Practice Group at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He was a former attorney-advisor to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and former special assistant to the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the agency. With more than 45 years of experience in all facets of antitrust practice, Mr. Skitol was an active participant in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and published articles covering a wide variety of antitrust subjects in the ABA Journal of Antitrust Law, the ABA Antitrust Source, and other law journals. He co-authored the book, Mergers in the New Antitrust Era.
Mr. Skitol’s contributions and mentorship in the antitrust community cannot be overstated. With quiet dignity and the tremendous respect he commanded from all sides of the bar, he reveled in unconventional antitrust thinking and entertained it with humor, wit and wisdom.
The AAI Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement, first presented in 2000, honors outstanding contributions to the field of antitrust. Past honorees include Joel Klein, Robert Pitofsky, F.M. Scherer, Alfred E. Kahn, Lloyd Constantine, Thomas B. Leary, Senators Herb Kohl and Mike DeWine, Maxwell Blecher, John Shenefield, Eleanor M. Fox, Steven Salop, Mario Monti, Roger G. Noll, Kathleen Foote, John M. Connor, Donald I. Baker, Jonathan W. Cuneo, William Baer, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Stephen Calkins, and Albert A. Foer.