Antitrust - Florida
THE FIRM This group once again leads the pack in the Florida antitrust market, earning widespread acclaim for the national scope of its workload, which covers opt-out and direct action suits as well as international cartel cases. The firm is most prominent for its plaintiff-side practice, and also undertakes defense work, acting for large public and private companies and individual entrepreneurs. It is noted for its strength in matters involving the pharmaceutical sector, and additional expertise in the transportation, insurance and real estate industries, among others.
Sources say: "It's been the top firm for antitrust in Florida for some time."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very creative and talented" Richard Arnold is an "outstanding" and "preeminent" antitrust lawyer. He has extensive experience prosecuting antitrust claims in a plethora of industries, including automotive, telecommunications, banking and healthcare.
William Blechman is a "go-to guy" for antitrust law, described by sources as a "smart, aggressive and passionate" lawyer. His impressive resume includes significant experience in cases involving alleged international cartels, particularly in relation to food and industrial manufacturing processes.
Scott Perwin is also a notable part of the exceptional antitrust bench at the firm, and is called "one of the top guys" for antitrust by commentators.
The distinguished Michael Nachwalter has long been one of the big names in this arena. In addition to his antitrust practice, he is also active in alternative dispute resolution and general commercial litigation.
THE FIRM This antitrust team focuses largely on the litigation aspects of antitrust law, and is recognized for its representation of clients in both plaintiff and defense-side work. Notable recent mandates include representing Fresh Del Monte Produce in antitrust litigation involving allegations of anticompetitive behavior in the pineapple market. The team also acted for Office Depot alongside a number of other corporate plaintiffs who have opted out of class actions in respect of the California LCD antitrust litigation.
Sources say: "A consistent player in a lot of the big cases."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stuart Singer is a "very bright antitrust lawyer, both analytically and on the litigation side." In addition to his antitrust practice, he is also active in intellectual property and energy-related litigation. One source enthused: "He is a superb lawyer who not only obtains results but is at the forefront of some very interesting legal issues. I give him an unqualified recommendation."
THE FIRM Carlton Fields is recognized for its specialization in class action defense and trade regulation within the antitrust sphere, and for its expertise in matters relating to class certification. The practice encompasses both litigation and counseling, and its work of late has included cases in such diverse areas as the pharmaceutical, technology and healthcare industries.
Sources say: "They are very strong in this area."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "effective and well-versed" Chris Coutroulis is held in high regard by sources for the "breadth of his experience" in antitrust. He focuses on antitrust and trade regulation across a variety of sectors, including food and telecommunications. "He's extremely solid," said one interviewee.
THE FIRM Akerman Senterfitt remains an active presence in this area, despite the retirement of Ronald Ravikoff in 2012. The team represents both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust litigation, and also handles merger clearance work. In recent highlights, it advised SAMSUNG on its implementation of a national unilateral pricing policy, one of the largest such policies ever implemented in the USA.
Sources say: "A highly respected, class-act firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Silverman is a "superb antitrust lawyer" who is "as good as there is." Sources praise his courtroom presence and articulate style, as well as his knowledge of legal trends. He has notable expertise in computing and related technology areas.
THE FIRM Baker Donelson made its first foray into Florida by way of its merger with Orlando firm Litchford & Christopher in November 2011. The office now benefits from the national scope of the Baker firm, coupled with the Florida antitrust experience of the existing office. The practice encompasses litigation and counseling on antitrust matters, including cases resulting from government investigations and vertical integration.
Sources say: "A very strong group."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Hal Litchford anchors the firm's Florida antitrust practice and is recommended by one peer as "someone I would send work to in a conflict situation." He has substantial experience in a wide variety of areas in addition to antitrust, including trade secrets and IP.
THE FIRM New to the rankings this year, the antitrust component of this firm was boosted by the addition of Marty Steinberg and four other lawyers from Hunton & Williams in April 2012. The team's experience cuts across all areas of antitrust law, with an emphasis on litigation. Notably, it represented Tech Data and the bankruptcy estate of All American Semiconductor as opt-out plaintiffs in the LCD antitrust action.
Sources say: "They just take the ball and run with it - they've been fantastic."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Marty Steinberg cochairs the firm's litigation group and has a broad practice covering white-collar crime, IP and product liability in addition to antitrust law. He recently represented Vulcan Materials in its defense of a putative class action relating to the concrete industry. Sources describe him as a "first-rate, hard-working lawyer," and note his communication skills and "high degree of intellect."
One commentator calls Robert Turken "the best lawyer I've seen on his feet," while others are quick to praise his "photographic memory" and his skill at giving "very clear" advice. He undertakes a substantial amount of antitrust work as part of his complex commercial practice, and co-led the firm in its abovementioned representation of Tech Data and All American Semiconductor.
THE FIRM This group is highlighted for its expertise in healthcare-related antitrust work, which includes a major long-running hospital case. The firm is also proficient across a broad spectrum of industries and has a substantial presence in Florida, with seven offices statewide.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jerome Hoffman is a lawyer who "has all the skills," according to commentators. Peers recommend him for his abilities in this field, and highlight his previous experience as lead counsel to the state of Florida in a variety of antitrust cases as a strong asset for the practice.
"Rising star" Manuel Dominguez of Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll, LLP is "a natural who is on top of his game," say sources. He is recognized for his impressive work on plaintiff-side antitrust and consumer protection litigation.
Stephen Nagin of Peretz Chesal and Herrmann, PL is best known for his expertise in antitrust and intellectual property law, and is described as "a go-to guy for antitrust." He is a trial lawyer with extensive experience, and his ability as an adviser is also highlighted by sources.