TechFreedom is pleased to announce that Bilal Sayyed is now a full-time member of its team of lawyers dedicated to defending the freedoms that make technological progress possible. As Senior Competition Counsel, he will be a leading voice in TechFreedom’s analysis of the application of the antitrust laws to the conduct of online platforms and tech companies. Bilal will pay particular attention to mergers and their effects on innovation and potential competition.

Before coming to TechFreedom, Bilal most recently served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning, the Federal Trade Commission’s internal think tank. Having previously practiced antitrust law in private practice, Bilal has spent 20 years in private practice and government service. Bilal’s new role with TechFreedom is a fitting extension of his experience thinking about how to apply the existing antitrust laws to new questions arising from economic change.

“I’m pleased to join TechFreedom in this full-time role,” Bilal said. “Sensible antitrust policy over the last 40 years has supported and allowed for significant economic growth and benefits to consumers, producers, workers, and shareholders.”

“Those policies,” Bilal continued, “are now under siege by those who have forgotten or are unaware of past errors in enforcement and policy. I can think of no better place than TechFreedom to defend and advance sensible antitrust enforcement and policy based on sound economics and recognition of the harms of excessive regulation on innovation, entry, and entrepreneurship.”

Bilal teaches competition and antitrust law as an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he received his J.D. He also holds a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.


Bilal may be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @BilalKSayyed and connect with him on LinkedIn. Some selected publications, presentations and speeches by Bilal include:

  • Update on the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, American Bar Association, Fall Forum, The Future of Antitrust (Nov. 2020)
  • Antitrust, Big Tech, and Free Speech, Columbia University, Knight First Amendment Institute (Jan. 2020)
  • Remarks, Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, Georgetown University Law Center (Sept. 2019)
  • Eight Recommendations to Improve the FTC’s Competition Mission, Global Competition Review (Mar. 2017)
  • Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, Global Competition Review (Feb. 2016)