Antitrust - Georgia


Band 1 | Alston & Bird

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What the team is known for Impressive performers in all areas of antitrust representation for both defendant and plaintiff clients. Provides additional strength in the corporate sphere, where experienced attorneys are routinely called upon to advise on antitrust issues relating to joint ventures and mergers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"As far as the top firms in town, I would say that probably Alston stands out for breadth and depth of talent in Atlanta."  

Work highlights Acting for DIRECTV in two putative nationwide class actions challenging the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball’s systems for distributing televised games, concerning alleged violation of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.

Acted for State Farm Mutual Insurance in five antitrust cases filed by local body shops across the country relating to an alleged price-fixing conspiracy.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Biegel is "just very patient in learning everything that is going on with the regulatory agencies and keeping abreast of developments," according to market sources. Among his recent highlights, he counseled International Paper on the merger of one of its subsidiaries with a competing distributor, which included advising on pre-merger notification filings.

Michael Kenny has a varied commercial litigation practice encompassing antitrust issues at trial and appellate level. He has represented large corporates as both plaintiffs and defendants.

Debra Bernstein is a well-known and "very talented" junior partner who continues to impress in the field of antitrust and related class actions. She has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including automotive, agriculture and manufacturing.

Sources say that Randall Allen is a "smart, hard-working attorney and very capable," and interviewees also note his "good combination of antitrust knowledge and general litigation skills." He has handled all manner of antitrust cases on a national scale as part of a wider commercial litigation and arbitration practice.

Teresa Bonder is developing a significant reputation in the field as chair of the firm's antitrust practice group. She regularly counsels corporate clients on joint ventures and mergers, in addition to acting on antitrust class actions and investigations.

Significant clients Dell, Autoliv, Mohawk Industries, Nokia, Graphic Packaging.

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What the team is known for Excellent practice with national capabilities in the antitrust field, particularly noted for its strength in handling both criminal and civil cartel investigations and litigation. Recently highly active in the food and beverage industry.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"King & Spalding is a really strong group." 

Notable practitioners  

The "top-notch" Jeffrey Cashdan is "the full package," as far as one interviewee is concerned, due to his being "so smart and hard-working." He is an experienced practitioner on both civil and criminal cartel matters, in addition to a variety of other complex litigation.

Senior associate Christine Hopkinson continues to develop her reputation in the market, impressing peers on a wide range of antitrust matters, including monopolization, class actions and price-fixing claims.

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What the team is known for Maintains a solid reputation in the market for the experience of its dedicated litigators, who are well versed in a broad range of antitrust issues. Regularly advises clients in the healthcare and financial services sectors on M&A and class action defense.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Lowrey is a well-respected antitrust litigator with a range of experience in class actions, including individual opt-out suits. He has worked on cases in the healthcare, financial services and utilities industries.     

The "fantastic" Emmet Bondurant is hailed by interviewees as "one of the most experienced and most capable antitrust" practitioners in the market. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of antitrust-related litigation at both trial and appellate level.

Band 3 | Bryan Cave LLP

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What the team is known for Offers notable expertise in antitrust litigation and is also well versed in advising clients on antitrust issues relating to M&A and merger reviews. Has significant experience in representing large corporations in individual claims after opting out of class actions.

Work highlights Acted for Home Depot USA as plaintiff on two allegations of price-fixing conspiracies relating to the shipping of goods to Puerto Rico, and to LCD panels found in products the client had purchased.

Provided general antitrust counsel to Shaw Industries, including advice concerning an opt-out litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Watson regularly counsels clients on a range of antitrust compliance issues, including internal and company mergers. He is also an experienced litigator well known for representing plaintiffs wishing to opt out of class actions.

Significant clients, Kimberly-Clark, 84 Lumber Company, Langdale Industries, Neenah Paper.

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What the team is known for Routinely called upon by clients to offer in-depth advice on the avoidance of antitrust law violations, in addition to litigating both civil and criminal cases where violations may have occurred. Particularly noted for its class action defense and government investigation work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they've done an excellent job. They do a good job at explaining complex issues to people unfamiliar with such issues, and make sure we comply with antitrust law."   

"They have some really heavy hitters over there." 

Notable practitioners  

Tony Powers is a "fantastic competition lawyer" with "tremendous experience," according to peers. He advises clients on antitrust compliance and training, in addition to representing them in both civil and criminal litigation. Sources appreciate that "he has a very comprehensive knowledge of antitrust law and is very good at explaining rather arcane subjects to people who do not deal with them every day and who are not attorneys."

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Jeffrey Berhold of Jeffrey L. Berhold, P.C. is a highly regarded practitioner known for handling all manner of business litigation and criminal defense, with particular experience in class actions.

Interviewees note that James McGibbon of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP "is really a brilliant guy. He really knows antitrust as he has been doing it for a very long time. From a strategy and tactics standpoint he's wonderful as he grasps things very quickly." Sources also reserve praise for his knowledge of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act.

The "excellent" Charles Murphy of Vaughan & Murphy is a well-established attorney who regularly counsels clients on matters involving trade associations and advises on how best to avoid antitrust law violations. According to sources, he "brings real substantive expertise in antitrust as well as criminal defense."

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