AT&T (T.N) has hired prominent media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli to serve as lead trial counsel if the U.S. Justice Department files a lawsuit to block the wireless company’s acquisition of media and entertainment company Time Warner (TWX.N), Reuters reports.
Daniel Petrocelli, a partner at O‘Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, has represented Walt Disney (DIS.N) and Time Warner in the past. Last year, he defended then-presidential candidate Donald Trump against fraud lawsuits related to real estate seminars known as Trump University.
The Justice Department is expected to file an antitrust lawsuit as soon as this week to block the USD85.4 billion AT&T deal.
According to reports, the department has approached 18 state attorneys general to try to win their support for a lawsuit.