Antitrust - California


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What the team is known for Preeminent in all manner of antitrust litigation. Features an excellent bench of experienced antitrust lawyers and maintains a particularly strong reputation in cartel defense, where it remains one of the best in the business.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Stellar lawyers with a great criminal price-fixing practice."

"Their criminal cartel work is among the best in the world." 

What's new? New clients include Time Warner Cable and VFM Leonardo.

Work highlights Represented Apple in its defense in the e-books antitrust litigation, which saw Apple and other publishers sued by the DOJ.

Acted for International Paint as a defendant in a case alleging a price-fixing conspiracy related to yacht paints.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Spratling is a "legend" who is "in the utmost echelon" for criminal cartel work and unanimously lauded for his skill and experience. Recently he continued to co-lead for UBS in Libor-related litigation. One source calls Spratling a "world-class criminal antitrust lawyer."

The "outstanding" Joel Sanders is a "very well-rounded" antitrust lawyer who is "terrific to work with." He has been one of the lead lawyers for UBS in the Libor class action and private litigation.

Daniel Swanson is a "top-notch, really smart and very responsive" antitrust litigator who is regularly called on for all manner of major suits, civil and criminal. He recently co-led the representation of Apple in the high-profile e-books litigation.

Commentators describe Trey Nicoud as a "very talented lawyer" who is establishing a reputation alongside some of the stellar names at Gibson Dunn. He is an experienced litigator, with around 30 years working both in-house and in private practice.

Robert Cooper has a reputation as "the dean of antitrust trial lawyers," according to sources, who hold him in extremely high regard. Clients continue to benefit from his wealth of experience, which extends back almost 50 years.

Significant clients UBS, Hewlett-Packard, Aetna, Intel.

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What the team is known for Regarded by sources as one of the premier antitrust practices in California. Has superb depth in both litigation and transactional matters and is frequently called upon to handle complex work for a host of blue-chip clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their communication skills are great."

"They are complete professionals in every area." 

Work highlights Advised Oracle with regard to antitrust suits concerning a breach of expressed and implied agreements with Hewlett Packard, by discontinuing software development for computer systems running Intel Itanium microprocessors and engaging in anticompetitive and unfair conduct.

Represented Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo in the major investigation into international air cargo practices.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Wall is variously described as an "extremely talented" and "phenomenal" litigator who practices across the full range of antitrust work. Says one source of Wall: "He has a tremendous courtroom presence - he's very persuasive and litigates without posturing. No matter how intense the pressure, he doesn't let it get to him."

Alfred Pfeiffer is an "outstanding partner" and a "very good courtroom litigator," according to sources. He was recently part of the team acting for Oracle in antitrust suits brought by Intel concerning the latter's Itanium processors.

Karen Silverman is a "darn good" lawyer who is known for her skill in criminal cartel cases and healthcare-related matters. Among her representations of late was that for Singapore Airlines in its high-profile air cargo antitrust investigation.

Niall Lynch has been a "terrific acquisition" since joining the firm from the DOJ in 2011. He is described as a "very experienced, savvy guy" who is "very intelligent and very personable."

The "excellent" Christopher Yates is developing a fine reputation in this area and recently acted for Apple in a putative class action concerning the tying of iPhones to certain networks.

Significant clients RPX, Toshiba, Orbitz, Lucasfilm, Yahoo!.

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What the team is known for Continues to have a strong reputation for its antitrust work, both within California and nationally. Acts for a range of top-tier clients in litigation, merger reviews and counseling work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great because of their business savvy and understanding of risk."

"They've got a really talented team." 

Work highlights Acted for Aetna in its $8.7 billion purchase of Coventry Health Care.

Represented SAP in the acquisition of business-networking firm Ariba, worth around $4.3 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey LeVee is a well-regarded class action litigator who undertakes a wide variety of antitrust work.

Robert Mittelstaedt is a "phenomenal litigator," according to sources, who point out his strengths as a trial lawyer. Of late he represented Aetna in antitrust litigation brought against it alleging monopolization in the California healthcare market.

Craig Waldman is noted for his abilities in merger-related antitrust work, although in addition he undertakes civil antitrust litigation. Sources describe him as "an incredible people person."

Peggy Ward is an "extraordinary" young partner at the firm, whom sources note as being "extremely intelligent" and "very practical." She was part of the team representing Aetna in its $8.7 billion acquisition of Coventry Health Care.

Significant clients Adobe Systems, Intuit, ICANN, Union Pacific, Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded California firm. Primarily acts for clients in major antitrust litigation, though also undertakes transactional work. Exhibits strength in media and entertainment and pharmaceuticals, among other industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Munger has some inordinately talented people." 

"They are very smart and know our business very well. Very commercial and practical."

Work highlights Represented Abbvie in the US Supreme Court in a so-called 'reverse payment' patent case concerning settlements between brand-name pharmaceuticals producers and generics companies.

Acted for BNSF Railway in defense of a case alleging price-fixing and monopolization in rail transportation.

Notable practitioners  

Glenn Pomerantz is "one of the top folks" in antitrust in the state, according to sources. He recently acted for Universal Music in the digital music antitrust litigation in the Southern District of New York.

Jeffrey Weinberger is a "sophisticated antitrust lawyer" whom sources highlight as "very practical and pragmatic." Among his recent work is acting for Abbvie in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the antitrust implications of 'reverse payment' patent settlements.

Bradley Phillips acts across a range of complex commercial litigation, including antitrust disputes. He acted for Universal Music Group in the FTC review into its acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. One source highlights him as a "brilliant lawyer."

Significant clients LG Display, Fox Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Takeda, Warner Bros.

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What the team is known for Excellent antitrust litigation outfit, representing a range of major international companies in significant nationwide suits. Equally adept on the plaintiff and defendant side. Key areas of strength include class actions, unfair competition matters and international cartel work.

Work highlights Successfully acted for Asiana Airlines in the air cargo antitrust litigation suit alleging price-fixing among various airlines.

Represented Agrium as a defendant in a major class action suit concerning the potash industry.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Tubach regularly represents clients in criminal antitrust investigations as well as civil litigation, including recently acting for SK Hynix in various litigation concerning standard setting of computer memory.

Chuck Diamond is a well-known litigator who includes antitrust as part of his wider practice. He has continued to act for US Airways as plaintiffs in a suit against Sabre Airways.

Kenneth O'Rourke is praised by market sources for his knowledgeable approach to antitrust matters. He acted for Asiana Airlines in an antitrust case concerning the air cargo industry.

Significant clients SK Hynix, Asiana Airlines, RealPage, Advanced Micro Devices, Lions Gate Entertainment.

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What the team is known for Represents blue-chip clients in a range of major antitrust matters, criminal investigations and government enforcement actions. Also noted for its impressive domestic and cross-border transactional work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're really proactive, with great attention to detail. They think of smart ways of approaching the matter."

"It's a pretty powerful team." 

Work highlights Acted for T-Mobile USA as a defendant in a multidistrict litigation concerning SMS text message rates.

Advised Reliance Steel & Aluminum in its purchase of Metals USA Holdings, a deal worth $1.2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The "phenomenal" Arthur Burke splits his time between the firm's Menlo Park office and New York. He is particularly recognized for his strength in technology matters and acts for a wide range of hi-tech clients.

Sources call Christopher Hockett "a dynamite lawyer" who is "an excellent communicator" with "a very large brain." He has the notable distinction of being the current chair of the antitrust section of the ABA.

Significant clients Bank of America, Comcast, Equinix, Innolux Corporation, NBCUniversal. 

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What the team is known for Acts across a wide variety of litigation matters, including government investigations and private antitrust suits, representing both US and international clients. It also regularly counsels clients on a variety of antitrust issues and is particularly noted for its complementary IP practice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an excellent team. The overall quality is good."

Work highlights Acted for DocMagic as a plaintiff in a civil monopolization claim brought against Ellie Mae, achieving a favorable settlement.

Represented Tulammo USA in defense of a claim brought against it alleging unfair competition in the firearms ammunition industry.

Notable practitioners 

Sources "have a lot of respect" for Penelope Preovolos, describing her as "one of the top class action lawyers around." She recently represented Ubiquiti Networks in relation to an antitrust counterclaim concerning internet technology.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Ubiquiti Networks, Via Licensing.

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What the team is known for Highly rated for its work in the intersection between antitrust and intellectual property, which regularly sees it acting for a host of major technology companies. Possesses a strong and experienced bench of antitrust litigators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The distinguishing feature of the group is their relentless dedication to client service and satisfaction. They go the extra mile and put our needs ahead of their own."

"They have a much better grasp of downstream implications than other firms."

Work highlights Represented Dyson in an antitrust suit concerning alleged monopolization of the bladeless fan market.

Acted for various Sony entities in the TFT-LCD antitrust litigation, which alleges price fixing, in both the USA and EU.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Rosenfeld is a well-known litigator who undertakes a large amount of antitrust work for major technology firms including Microsoft and Intel. Sources call him a "very smart lawyer, a great thinker and somebody who is really committed to the client."

Senior counsel Stephen Bomse has some 45 years' experience of working in antitrust and is very highly regarded by sources for the strength of his practice. He concentrates in particular on cartel matters, including his continuing representation of Sony in its LCD antitrust litigation.

Laurence Popofsky is described as "one of the most famous, active minds in antitrust," with over 50 years of experience in the area to call upon. He was part of the team acting for Intel in the SRAM antitrust litigation.

Significant clients Apple, Medco Health Solutions, Blaine Larsen Farms, Nanya Technology, Heat & Control.

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What the team is known for Strong nationwide firm with a very capable California offering. Focuses primarily on civil antitrust litigation, including class actions, as well as counseling various significant clients on antitrust issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers I've worked with are extremely bright, efficient and responsive."

Work highlights Acted for Philip Morris as a defendant in a major suit alleging price-fixing among leading tobacco companies.

Represented PNY Technologies in a suit brought by PNY against SanDisk concerning USB flash drives.

Notable practitioners

Ronald Redcay is a "professional, intuitive and efficient" lawyer who brings his extensive experience to bear in the antitrust field. Among his recent work is acting for BP in a case concerning the temperature of gasoline at point of sale.

Significant clients BP, Toyota Motor Sales, VeriSign, 7-Eleven, LG Electronics.

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What the team is known for Undertakes matters in a range of disputes involving antitrust, particularly in the technology arena. Possesses an experienced bench of lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have great respect for the lawyers there." 

Notable practitioners   

Mark Ostrau focuses on counseling and regulatory work for startups and established California firms, particularly in the technology sector. He is cochair of the firm's antitrust and unfair competition group.

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Please note that the following editorial was originally written when the team was at Bingham McCutchen LLP:

What the team is known for Litigation-focused team which continues to have a breadth of expertise and a good mix of senior and junior partners practicing in the area. Has a stellar client list featuring major names in technology and electronics.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very responsive, and when they're dealing with a technical matter, they make it very understandable to us."

"We're very pleased with the quality." 

Work highlights Acted for Oracle in a counterclaim alleging unlawful restraint of competition in the software arena.

Represented Intel as a defendant in the x86 microprocessor case, which alleged breaches of antitrust laws in the sale of microprocessors.

Notable practitioners  

Donn Pickett is a highly experienced, "well-rounded trial lawyer" whom sources note for his excellent manner with clients. He is a regular counsel for Intel, acting for them in two major litigations of late.

Frank Hinman is a "very smart" and "thoughtful heavy-lifter," according to sources, who also highlight his strategic approach. He regularly features in cases involving technology companies, including, recently, for Oracle in its case against CedarCrestone.

Up-and-comer Brian Rocca is described as being "very calm and cool" as well as having "great judgment." His practice concentrates on hi-tech matters, including acting for IKON Office Solutions in a monopolization and tying case.

Significant clients SanDisk, Ricoh Americas, Sharp, Mitsui, Ingomar Packing.

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What the team is known for Solid firm which features a strong crop of litigators and experience in class action litigation. Maintains particular expertise in electronic payment issues, among other areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They really get the way the business works." 

Work highlights Acted for Sara Lee Fresh in defense of a putative class action alleging price-fixing and other anticompetitive conduct.

Represented Korean Air Lines in a class action case relating to airline ticket sales.

Notable practitioners  

Holly House is regarded as a very good antitrust litigator who is regularly seen in matters in California. Among these matters is acting for Sara Lee Fresh in a class action case in the food industry.

Sources describe Thomas Brown as "fantastic in terms of creative legal arguments and strategy" and for providing "very practical advice." He is especially known for his niche expertise in electronic payment methods.

Significant clients Align Technologies, ISSF, Samsung, UTi.

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What the team is known for Regularly acts in antitrust litigation for a range of well-known clients. Best known for its work in the criminal cartel area but also undertakes civil class action litigation.  

Work highlights Acted for Samsung Electronics in the various antitrust litigations associated with DRAM memory chips.

Represented MasterCard in class action cases concerning alleged tying practices among major card companies.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Halling is well regarded for his work in criminal cartel antitrust work, although he represents clients in a variety of civil cases as well. He heads up the firm's antitrust and trade regulation group.

Sources are impressed by James McGinnis, who acts in a wide variety of antitrust suits, including civil class actions and criminal investigations.

Significant clients Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Yahoo!.

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What the team is known for Experienced group undertaking litigation and counseling across the antitrust arena, particularly in civil class actions. Clients highlight its client service and commercial acumen.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I can get hold of them whenever I need them. They are very respectful of my time and amenable to regular conversations where we can go through all the hot-button issues we have." 

"They have the ability to balance the litigation needs with the business needs."

Work highlights Represented Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group as a defendant in the online hotel booking antitrust class action suit.

Acted in defense of Quest Diagnostics against claims of unfair competition in relation to medical insurers.

Notable practitioners  

Trial lawyer Marie Fiala is noted for her courtroom presence, while sources also call her a "very bright and very talented" practitioner. She recently acted for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group in an antitrust class action case concerning online travel and hotel booking.

Samuel Miller is noted as a veteran litigator who undertakes a range of work including antitrust. Of late, he represented Stewart Tile Guaranty Company in a range of class action suits alleging price fixing in the insurance industry.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Joseph Alioto of Alioto Law Firm is described as "a serious player" in the California plaintiffs' Bar. He regularly features for the plaintiff class in major litigation in the state.

The "preeminent and spectacular" Maxwell Blecher of Blecher Collins Pepperman & Joye, P.C. is described as "one of the top antitrust lawyers in the state, if not the nation." He possesses unrivaled experience among the plaintiffs' antitrust Bar.

Francis Fryscak of Cooley LLP is highly rated for his abilities in Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, with sources highlighting his "ability to put you at ease." He represented Objet in the merger clearance of its combination with Stratasys.

Joseph Cotchett of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy is an "all-star litigator" and "legendary trial lawyer" who undertakes plaintiffs' antitrust work, among other representations.

Anita Stork of Covington & Burling LLP is a "very talented" antitrust practitioner who litigates in a variety of class action and other civil cases. She recently acted for Philippine Airlines in a litigation concerning alleged price-fixing in trans-Pacific air travel.

Daniel Sasse of Crowell & Moring LLP is a "very knowledgeable" and "remarkably responsive" younger partner at the firm, with a particular focus on cartel matters. Of late, he acted for Hyatt Hotels in the online travel companies antitrust case.

Allison Davis of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is "really knowledgeable" as well as being "very responsive and proactive," according to clients. Her antitrust practice primarily involves counseling and merger clearance work.

Jeffrey Shohet of DLA Piper LLP (US) is an "excellent attorney" with plentiful experience in the antitrust sector. Clients note him for his strong client service and knowledge.

Megan Dixon of Hogan Lovells US LLP is highly rated for her work in criminal antitrust matters. One source says of Dixon: "She's just outstanding. About as good a lawyer in criminal price-fixing as you will find."

Joseph Saveri of Joseph Saveri Law Firm is noted for his courtroom presence and legal instincts. He acts for individuals and plaintiff classes in a range of antitrust matters.

Bruce Simon of Pearson, Simon, Warshaw & Penny, LLP is "a real leader of the plaintiffs' Bar" whom clients praise highly for his litigation capabilities.

Roxane Polidora of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is noted by sources for her knowledge of antitrust and her common-sense approach to litigation. She heads up the firm's antitrust group.

The highly experienced Robert Taylor, formerly of Arnold & Porter, recently founded RPT Legal Strategies LLP. Taylor focuses on matters involving antitrust and intellectual property, where his expertise is highly regarded.

Sources call Francis Scarpulla "one of the most revered and well-loved plaintiffs' lawyers." He has 46 years' experience in antitrust litigation. He recently left Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason to rejoin the Scarpulla Law Firm.

Robert Pringle of Winston & Strawn LLP has a strong reputation for his antitrust work, which features an emphasis on technology matters. He recently represented NEC Corporation in its optical disk drive price-fixing litigation.

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