Antitrust - California


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What the team is known for Premier group of attorneys, highly experienced across all areas of antitrust. Outstanding litigation expertise, particularly in relation to major cartel defense work and class action suits. Significantly active in the technology and financial services sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand this area of the law and are just absolutely one of the best firms that we see in terms of the breadth and quality of the lawyers that have experience in this area."

"The Gibson team was absolutely superb." 

Work highlights Acted for Hewlett-Packard in bringing a $4 billion damages claim against Oracle alleging unfair competition and breach of contract relating to the sale of software products.

Defended Time Warner Cable against a class action suit claiming it should have offered subscribers an opt-out of several sports channels. 

Notable practitioners 

Market commentators state that Gary Spratling's "name is synonymous with criminal cartel work," as he is "one of the really prominent figures in criminal antitrust enforcement." His recent work includes leading the representation of Chunghwa Picture Tubes in the global LCD and CRT investigations.

The "awesome" Joel Sanders has a broad range of expertise but is particularly experienced in major antitrust class actions in the technology space. He recently co-led the representation of 'K' Line Logistics in a grand jury investigation involving the freight forwarding industry.

Daniel Swanson is hailed by clients as a "guru" who "in addition to being a good litigator, is also a very good counselor well-steeped in antitrust law." He regularly undertakes civil and criminal work for both international and domestic clients. 

Trey Nicoud is an experienced litigator and counselor in the field, having advised clients on class actions as well as merger reviews. He draws on particular experience in antitrust matters involving the transportation and technology sectors.

Sam Liversidge's clients describe him as "an incredibly knowledgeable and technically skilled lawyer in that he knows the antitrust law inside and out." His recent work includes defending VFM Leonardo against Sherman Act violation claims brought by Pro Search Plus.

Significant clients UBS, Micron Technology, Intel, Dreamworks Animation, Sony.

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What the team is known for Well-respected practice offering quality representation on all elements of antitrust. Expert litigators uphold a strong reputation for cartel work and major class action defense. Additional strength in merger clearance and agency investigations, particularly in the technology sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They handle our most difficult matters and provide world-class legal guidance." 

"They are a talented group across the board." 

Work highlights Represented Union Pacific Railroad in litigation involving price-fixing conspiracy claims surrounding fuel surcharges.

Acted for SanDisk Corporation in bringing conspiracy claims against Round Rock Research alleging monopolization through the enforcement of standard-essential patents.

Notable practitioners 

The "excellent" Daniel Wall is a preeminent figure in the antitrust space, noted for his impressive expertise across a broad range of litigation. He recently defended Live Nation against two class actions involving alleged violations of antitrust law and consumer fraud statutes.

Alfred Pfeiffer is highlighted by sources as "a very talented" antitrust practitioner. He cochairs the firm's global antitrust and competition practice, and has extensive capabilities in both civil and criminal investigations.

Karen Silverman is "fantastic at what she does," according to sources. She is particularly recognized for her antitrust expertise in the healthcare sector, while also handling matters involving areas such as technology and distribution. 

Niall Lynch is held in high regard for his extensive experience in the field. He draws on strong expertise in price-fixing cartel cases as part of a broader white-collar and government investigations practice.

Christopher Yates has particular experience in defending major class actions at both trial and appellate level. He recently defended Orbitz in multiple class action suits alleging the presence of resale price maintenance agreements between online travel companies.

Significant clients Apple, HannStar Display, US Airways, Carlyle Group, Orbitz Worldwide. 

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What the team is known for Accomplished California practice with impressive global capabilities in the antitrust space allowing it to represent diverse domestic and international clients. Undertakes the full range of merger clearance work as well as advising on regulatory issues and handling complex litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a very nice antitrust footprint in California."

Work highlights Defended Adobe Systems in a class action alleging a conspiracy among technology companies to restrain employee benefits and compensation.

Represented Abbott Laboratories in its $250 million acquisition of OptiMedica, advising on tax and antitrust issues.

Notable practitioners 

Jeffrey LeVee undertakes all manner of litigation and counseling in the antitrust space. His recent mandates include representing Pioneer in a class action involving price-fixing claims relating to optical disk drives.

Sources describe Robert Mittelstaedt as a "superb antitrust lawyer" with broad commercial litigation expertise. His trial experience means he is well versed in class actions, most significantly in the technology sector.  

The "terrific" Craig Waldman is highlighted for his agency experience and strength in the technology space. One client appreciates his "communication skills and real world risk assessment," stating that "he's able to take these complex antitrust matters and communicate them in plain English." 

Peggy Ward is held in high regard by commentators for her dedicated antitrust practice. She is experienced across the full range of antitrust work, from compliance programs and government investigations to M&A reviews.

Significant clients DIRECTV, Chevron, ICANN, Intuit, Sutter Health.

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What the team is known for Robust litigation firm with significant expertise in antitrust matters, including government and agency investigations. Active across a range of areas such as technology and pharmaceuticals, while maintaining historic strength in the media and entertainment field.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very tough, capable litigators. I have a lot of respect for them."

"They are as efficient a firm as I've ever seen!" 

Work highlights Defended the NCAA in a potentially precedent-setting class action claim relating to the payment of college football and basketball players.

Represented Intel in a class action claim brought by former employees of several leading technology companies alleging violations of the Sherman Act.

Notable practitioners 

Glenn Pomerantz is identified by sources as a "really consummate trial lawyer." He often represents clients in the media and entertainment space, with particular experience in acting for record labels and film studios.

The "incredibly efficient" Bradley Phillips is an experienced litigator who regularly undertakes major antitrust disputes at both trial and appellate level. He is highlighted for his significant expertise in handling price-fixing claims.

Jeffrey Weinberger is described by commentators as a "very, very strong" practitioner. His practice spans antitrust and IP matters, most notably in the pharmaceutical industry.

Significant clients BNSF Railway, Brighton Collectibles, AbbVie, LG Display, Universal Music. 

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What the team is known for Esteemed group of attorneys fielding extensive capabilities in antitrust-related litigation as well as major transactional and regulatory work. Particularly well versed in cartel defense and class action suits, often in the pharmaceutical and technology arenas. 

Work highlights Represented Impax Laboratories in multiple class actions involving reverse payment issues and pay for delay agreements. 

Advised Leoni on a criminal investigation and follow-on class action claim in the litigation relating to the alleged price-fixing of wire harnesses. 

Notable practitioners 

Michael Tubach focuses on white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation, and regularly handles disputes involving antitrust issues. Market sources praise his practical and creative approach to issues.

Kenneth O'Rourke is commended by sources for his expertise on antitrust matters. He has litigated the full range of antitrust cases, including claims of price-fixing and monopolization.

Chuck Diamond is an experienced trial lawyer with expertise across a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including antitrust and IP disputes.

Significant clients AU Optronics, Honeywell, Samsung Electronics, International Game Technology, RealPage.

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What the team is known for Experienced group of attorneys advising on a range of antitrust litigation and merger clearance work. Combines expertise in white-collar defense with solid IP experience to provide clients with well-rounded antitrust advice, particularly in the technology space.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide a fabulous legal service."

"They have an exceptional group of lawyers in that space."

Work highlights Represented Microsoft in several matters, including a challenge brought by the Korean Fair Trade Commission regarding the client's acquisition of Nokia services.

Defended Delta Dental of California against claims that contractual changes relating to maximum fee amounts breached contract and unfair competition law.  

Notable practitioners 

Senior counsel Stephen Bomse is a "superb antitrust lawyer," according to sources. His market-leading experience includes a broad range of antitrust matters, including individual opt-out work. He is described as "very thoughtful and intellectual, but also practical." 

Sources note that Laurence Popofsky is an "institution as far as antitrust law goes." His strong antitrust practice is complemented by his expertise in IP matters.

Interviewees describe "strategically brilliant" Robert Rosenfeld as "an amazing thinker with a good approach to antitrust law." He advises and litigates across a range of areas in relation to antitrust, including healthcare and technology.

Significant clients Louisiana-Pacific, DHL Holdings, Sony, Crane, eBay.  

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What the team is known for Respected antitrust practice covering the full range of transactional and litigation work. Notable activity in the technology sector while also acting across a range of industries for both domestic and international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very responsive; they're on top of everything we ask for and come up with proactive thoughts and strategy. We're very happy with the way they work and step up to find the best avenue of success."

"They're dynamite lawyers." 

Work highlights Defended Comcast in a class action claim relating to its historic acquisition of Philadelphia cable systems, as well as advising the client on its $45 billion merger with Time Warner.

Successfully defended Innolux in LCD systems litigation involving alleged price-fixing under the Sherman Act.

Notable practitioners 

Arthur Burke is highly recommended by sources for his M&A advisory work and expertise in handling external investigations. He has been particularly active in the telecommunications arena of late, while also offering experience across a broad range of antitrust litigation.

Clients state that Christopher Hockett has "a very practical approach to addressing issues, but at the same time thinks about things in a sophisticated and complex way so he can come up with solutions." He heads the firm's global antitrust practice and continues to handle several high-profile antitrust litigation matters.

Significant clients Bank of America, NBCUniversal, Cadence Design Systems, T-Mobile, United States Golf Association.  

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What the team is known for Maintains strong reputation for its antitrust work, offering particular expertise in matters involving IP issues. Regularly handles complex antitrust litigation across an array of areas, including transportation and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is excellent. They provide the hard advice and manage complex global investigations seamlessly."

"They're responsive, thorough, engaged and also sensitive to cost."

Work highlights Advised Via Licensing on antitrust issues arising from the proposed creation of a patent pool for 4G wireless technology.

Represented Tulammo in filing predatory pricing counterclaims against a competitor, following initial allegations of trade secret and copyright violations.

Notable practitioners 

Penelope Preovolos is particularly noted for her expertise in class actions, including those involving issues of consumer protection. She is extremely active in disputes involving electronics and technology.

Stephen Freccero is experienced in both civil and criminal antitrust cases, particularly those relating to price-fixing claims. Interviewees note that "his trial expertise makes him very efficient and focused," while also praising his "mastery of economic concepts critical to complex issues." 

Sources describe Sean Gates as a "talented litigator who efficiently manages discovery with an eye toward summary judgment and trial," adding that he has "excellent attention to detail." His background in government enforcement and investigations informs his broad litigation practice.

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What the team is known for Regularly called upon to advise clients across a range of antitrust litigation and M&A-related work, including government and agency investigations. Additional expertise in the IP and life sciences arenas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very experienced and practical."

Notable practitioners 

Clients describe Mark Ostrau as a "very smart, experienced, practical and responsive" practitioner. He regularly provides advice on day-to-day antitrust issues as well as government investigations. He is particularly experienced in the intersection between antitrust and IP matters.

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What the team is known for Experienced group of attorneys advising on an array of antitrust litigation matters alongside merger clearance and trade regulation issues. Boasts an enviable client list in the technology and distribution fields.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I would highly recommend them to anyone that might ask. I was thoroughly satisfied with how they handled themselves and what they accomplished."  

"I think they did an excellent job." 

What's new? Donn Pickett, Frank Hinman and Brian Rocca joined the team from Bingham McCutchen, following the relocation of most of that firm's partners to Morgan Lewis. 

Work highlights While at Bingham McCutchen, defended Google in a class action claim alleging the monopolization of internet searches on mobile Android devices.

While at Bingham McCutchen, advised Allied Beverages on the sale of its distributorship to Reyes Beverage Group for $225 million.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators observe that Donn Pickett is a "very fine antitrust lawyer." He has a broad antitrust practice which includes counseling clients on government and agency investigations as well as representing them in follow-on litigation.

Frank Hinman has extensive experience in wide-ranging antitrust matters. His practice includes handling merger clearance matters and complex litigation including international cartel cases and class action claims.

Brian Rocca continues to impress sources with his commercial litigation practice, which covers all aspects of antitrust class actions, investigations and compliance advice. His work for technology and distribution companies is of particular note.

Significant clients The Common Application, Intel, SanDisk, Oracle, Ingomar Packing.

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What the team is known for Handles a range of high-profile antitrust matters, including cartel defense and enforcement work. Particularly adept in cross-border transactions, with notable activity in the healthcare and technology sectors.

Work highlights Represented eBay in two government investigations regarding whether it entered into an agreement with Intuit involving the hiring of employees.

Acted for Twin America in a post-merger government challenge and related class actions. 

Notable practitioners 

Holly House is highly regarded for her litigation skills. She is particularly experienced in the technology space, and continues to advise LG Display on the LCD price-fixing litigation.  

Thomas Brown is an increasingly prominent figure in the California antitrust market. He regularly advises startup companies and major corporates on electronic forms of payment in relation to antitrust law.

Significant clients Align Technology, ISSF, Korean Airlines, UTi, Sara Lee.

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What the team is known for Broad antitrust practice visible in major cartel litigations, particularly in the technology and healthcare space. Additional expertise on IP issues such as the enforcement of standard essential patents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They get my highest marks - they just had such a breadth of expertise."

Work highlights Advised PriMed on an agency investigation into its affiliation transaction with Yale New Haven Health Services and Northeast Medical Group.

Defended Samsung Electronics in the LCD litigation price-fixing case as well as representing Samsung SDI in several follow-on class actions.

Notable practitioners 

Market commentators note that Gary Halling brings "instant credibility into the courtroom." He has a broad litigation practice with particular expertise in antitrust matters of both a civil and criminal nature.

James McGinnis has advised on a wide range of antitrust matters on both a domestic and international scale. Peers praise his abilities as a trial lawyer, highlighting that he is "very good at handling complex antitrust issues in a courtroom."  

Significant clients Scripps Institute, MasterCard, International Secure Content Storage Initiative.

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What the team is known for Undertakes work across a range of industries, while remaining particularly highly regarded for its notable energy work. Offers expertise across a range of antitrust counseling and litigation, including class action claims.

Work highlights Defended BorgWarner in litigation involving an alleged price-fixing conspiracy relating to automobile ignition coils.

Continued to advise CMS Energy on multiple class actions claiming the client conspired to inflate the price of natural gas.

Notable practitioners 

Marie Fiala is a "wonderfully good antitrust lawyer in the energy field," according to sources. She is an experienced litigator who is well versed in the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants, particularly in class action suits.

Significant clients Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, Microsoft, NACHA, PG&E.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Joseph Alioto of Alioto Law Firm is described as an "institution" when it comes to representing plaintiffs in antitrust disputes. He draws on longstanding trial experience in the space.

Senior counsel Ronald Redcay of Arnold & Porter LLP has extensive experience as a counselor and litigator on antitrust issues, particularly in relation to class action suits.

Senior statesman Maxwell Blecher of Blecher Collins Pepperman & Joye, P.C. is an extremely experienced antitrust practitioner on the plaintiff side, and has litigated a vast number of cases at both trial and appellate level.

Francis Fryscak of Cooley LLP is an experienced antitrust adviser on all types of issues arising from M&A transactions, joint ventures and agency investigations. Clients appreciate that he is "very proactive in terms of communicating expectations and information requests." 

Sources describe Joseph Cotchett of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy as a "top plaintiffs' lawyer," particularly highlighting his representation of direct purchaser classes in relation to antitrust.

Steven Williams of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy represents plaintiffs in an array of litigation, including class actions. He brings his "very strategic" approach to disputes involving multiple industries.

Anita Stork is an active litigator based at Covington & Burling LLP, and is currently working on several antitrust price-fixing cases across the technology and transportation industries. She is experienced in both civil and criminal disputes.

Daniel Sasse's clients appreciate that he is "cerebral but also understands how businesses work in connection with litigation." He offers particular experience in handling cartel-related litigation as part of a broader dispute and investigation practice. He heads Crowell & Moring LLP's Orange County office.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP partner Allison Davis is experienced in a wide range of antitrust-related M&A work, maintaining particular emphasis on deals involving energy and technology companies. Clients highlight her as a "very effective speaker," adding that she's "able to explain difficult areas of the law in a very practical manner."

Interviewees highlight Jeffrey Shohet of DLA Piper LLP (US) as a "super intelligent guy and a very good antitrust lawyer." He is held in high regard for his "practical, knowledgeable analysis of business practice."

The "quite brilliant" Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey of DLA Piper LLP (US) recently joined the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. She receives significant praise for her experience in cartel and white-collar defense work, particularly in government investigations. Interviewees state that "she's always got new and novel ways of solving problems." 

Megan Dixon of Hogan Lovells US LLP is recognized for her strong white-collar criminal defense practice, which informs her work on antitrust government investigations and other complex litigation.

Joseph Saveri of Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc. is a well-known name in the California antitrust market. He is experienced in complex litigation across a range of industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

Eric Fastiff heads the antitrust and IP department at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and is hailed by sources as "an excellent antitrust lawyer." He is well respected for his representation of plaintiffs, and has been involved in an array of high-profile litigation, including LCD panel class actions.

Sources identify Bruce Simon of Pearson, Simon, Warshaw & Penny, LLP as not just a "real force in California but also a national plaintiffs' lawyer." He is currently acting on several of the country's biggest antitrust litigations.

Roxane Polidora leads the antitrust department at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and maintains a broad-based practice in the space. Clients describe her as "someone who really can handle every aspect of an antitrust claim," with a "practice that is national in scope."

Francis Scarpulla is a highly respected plaintiffs' lawyer, particularly noted for his nationwide representation of indirect purchaser classes. He recently left Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason to rejoin Scarpulla Law Firm.

Heather Tewksbury recently joined Wilmerhale's Palo Alto office, having previously served in the DOJ Antitrust Division. She is described as a"terrific litigator who is incredibly hard-working and develops a strong rapport with everybody that she works with." Her trial expertise draws particular praise, with one interviewee noting that she "is just superb on her feet in a courtroom."

Robert Pringle of Winston & Strawn LLP receives widespread praise for his antitrust expertise in relation to both litigation and counseling matters. Sources think he's "just wonderful; he can handle anything from criminal trials to government investigations and has done it all with superb judgment".

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