Antitrust - Illinois


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What the team is known for Accomplished practice in Chicago consistently involved in a range of complex and high-profile cases. Offers impressive litigation expertise in both civil and criminal matters, in addition to being well versed in government investigations and enforcement issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They exercised excellent judgment and structured a very compelling case."

"They are very much engaged in these cases and also keep us informed each step of the way."

Work highlights Assisted Bain Capital in an ongoing class action brought by former shareholders, alleging a price-fixing conspiracy of public company stock.

Acted for Health Care Services in relation to an allegation of competition suppression which was brought by a private clinic.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees highlight James Mutchnik for being "smart, aggressive, and well regarded," adding that he is "just first-rate in every way." He is particularly well known for his criminal defense work and also regularly counsels clients on mergers and distribution matters.

Daniel Laytin impresses peers with his expertise in all types of litigation, including complex antitrust claims of conspiracy and price-fixing. He acted as co-lead for Navistar International on two nationwide class actions relating to the production of heavy-duty truck transmissions.

The highly respected Andrew Langan has "an extraordinary range of experience in organizing, managing and leading large defense cases," according to sources. He regularly represents corporate clients in all manner of litigation, in addition to merger reviews.

David Zott's broad litigation experience includes antitrust-related class actions covering multiple jurisdictions. One client states: "He's a very thoughtful litigator who is balanced and strategic when considering what will work well for depositions and pre-trial. He is also a very good trial lawyer who helped construct an excellent strategic approach that led directly to the very favorable result in the matter."

Barack Echols continues to gain favorable praise from market sources, who assert that he is a "terrific lawyer." He is experienced in a range of class action defense cases, including claims of direct and indirect purchaser price-fixing.

Significant clients EVA Airways, Hitachi, Packaging Corporation of America, Trina Solar, Zebra Technologies.

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What the team is known for Offers high-quality representation in criminal and government antitrust investigations as part of a solid litigation practice. Continues to be visible on large class actions across a range of industries, most notably in chemicals, steel and manufacturing.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're exceptionally responsive, intellectually very sharp, and client-oriented."

"We get a quality work product in an efficient manner." 

Work highlights Represented Starwood Hotels in a collection of class actions brought against multiple hotels and online travel agencies, alleging the defendants entered into minimum resale price maintenance agreements.

Continues to act for Lear as defendant in multiple class actions alleging the price-fixing and bid-rigging of automotive wire harnesses.

Notable practitioners  

Sources affirm that Andrew Marovitz is an "excellent litigator" who "is very good at what he does." He is highly experienced in the field of antitrust, having represented domestic and international clients against allegations of price-fixing, monopolization and other related conspiracies. One client appreciates that "he has an exceptional analytical ability and is very good at figuring out not only what's the most effective defense but how you would mount that defense."

The "super-smart" Britt Miller regularly represents and counsels corporate clients on a range of complex commercial litigation, including antitrust. Clients appreciate her tenacity, attention to detail, and efficient approach to matters. She assisted Temple-Inland on several class actions alleging the price-fixing of containerboard and other related products.

Mark McLaughlin has a wealth of expertise in antitrust and securities matters, and regularly handles large class actions in both these areas. Sources reserve particular praise for the common-sense approach he brings to matters. 

Lee Abrams is a well-established practitioner who assists large corporate clients on a range of antitrust issues, including counseling and litigation. He is praised for his "consistent knowledge across the board" and depth of experience in the sports and entertainment field.  

Significant clients The Big Ten Conference, American Specialty Health, HSBC, The Mosaic Company.

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What the team is known for Comprehensive antitrust practice admired for its experience in counseling, litigation and government investigations. Regularly advises on merger control issues, including joint ventures. Continues to be particularly active in the healthcare, energy and life sciences sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are competent and professional attorneys."   

Work highlights Assisted Astellas Pharma in the defense of a class action claim brought by a Florida hospital which alleged violations of the Sherman Act.

Advised AstraZeneca on a high-value patent damages case against Apotex.

Notable practitioners  

Market commentators describe John Treece as "a wonderful lawyer - smart, skilled, and very client-focused." He heads the department and receives widespread praise for his expertise in antitrust and patent law as well as at the intersection between them. 

Sources say that Charles Douglas has "tremendous experience and judgment" on a range of commercial litigation, including antitrust and securities. He recently assisted longstanding client AT&T Mobility on a price-fixing class action claim relating to text messaging services.

Jack Bierig is well known in the market for his representation of healthcare providers in antitrust-related litigation and government investigations. "He is extremely responsive, helpful, and communicative, and his advice is always practical and cogent," notes one satisfied client.

David Graham is an "extraordinarily talented lawyer heavily engaged in the practice of antitrust law," according to one market source, who adds: "I would hire David if my life depended on it." Another interviewee asserted that "he knows what he's doing and understands the antitrust laws in a sophisticated way."

Significant clients Microsoft, St Luke’s Health System, SSAB Swedish Steel, Wanxiang America, R.R. Donnelley & Sons.

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What the team is known for Prominent litigation firm highly regarded in the Chicago marketplace for its national antitrust capabilities. Counsels clients on antitrust-related merger and acquisition clearance. Offers particular industry strengths across the chemical, agricultural and hi-tech electronic arenas, among others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is very sophisticated, knowledgeable and talented."  

"They're very timely and give a practical answer which is what I'm looking for."

Work highlights Advised Dow Chemical on the appeal of a $1.06 billion judgment from an industrial purchaser class action relating to polyether polyol chemicals.

Represented Land O’Lakes on several class actions brought by indirect and direct purchasers alleging the price-fixing of raw milk and eggs.

Notable practitioners  

Nathan Eimer is "a fabulous antitrust litigator," "intellectually savvy and smart," and possesses "impeccable judgment," commentators note. His broad commercial litigation practice has a notable focus on antitrust, including both civil and criminal suits.

The "excellent" Michael McCluggage impresses clients with his "in-depth knowledge, broad network of relationships in the legal community, negotiation skills and legal acumen." He has represented clients in numerous antitrust-related investigations, false claims and class actions.

Significant clients International Paper, LG Electronics, Praxair, Schreiber Foods, CITGO Petroleum.

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What the team is known for Notable multijurisdictional capabilities across a range of antitrust counseling and litigation matters, regularly undertaken for both national and international clients. Additionally well versed in merger clearance and agency investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very commercially aware, with a strong commitment to responsive customer service."

"They interact well with their global network and do a nice job with that network in making sure we stay aligned to the best person available for the task."   

Work highlights Advised American Airlines on its $11 billion merger with US Airways, and defended the client against a private consumer action seeking an injunction on the merger.

Acted for Boehringer Ingelheim in the defense of a federal district court challenge to the client's subpoena response regarding attorney-client privilege and work product claims in a patent infringement litigation.

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected Michael Sennett heads up the firm's Chicago-based antitrust practice. Clients appreciate his "strong antitrust skills" and also remark that he "consistently provides solid, practical business solutions." He has a broad antitrust practice, including criminal suits and M&A.

The "fantastic" Paula Render receives praise for her litigation expertise, which includes multijurisdictional class actions and merger challenges at both trial and appellate level.

Pamela Taylor is "very strong in terms of knowledge and practicality," market sources say. She counsels clients on all manner of antitrust issues but is particularly well known for her expertise in HSR filings and pricing.

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Cardinal Health, CVS Caremark, Edwards Lifesciences, Fortune Brands Home & Security.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded group of attorneys with significant trial experience in all areas of antitrust litigation, including class actions and criminal investigations. Regularly advises hospital systems on issues of competition and consumer fraud.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've been exceedingly happy with their work both from a qualitative and a cost standpoint."  

Work highlights Continues to act for Dairy Farmers of America in a high-profile class action claim of alleged monopolization in the cheese and dairy product markets.

Represented Steel Dynamics as defendant in a class action price-fixing conspiracy allegation relating to steel products.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Chefitz is a well-established figure in the antitrust market, particularly noted for his extensive trial expertise. He possesses a wealth of experience across a wide range of cases, including class action defense work, as well as other complex business litigation.

David Marx enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and is noted for his strengths in civil and criminal litigation, particularly with regard to the healthcare sector.

Amanda Metts continues to impress in the antitrust market, particularly on class actions and monopolization claims. One client says: "The reason I value her work and relationship is because she is supremely responsive, exceptionally practical and really smart. She's one of the smartest lawyers I've worked with, if not the smartest, so she's always coming up with creative strategies that allow us to get good results."

Significant clients Weyerhaeuser, Morton Salt, American Gypsum, Diageo and Moet Hennessey, Banner Health.

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What the team is known for Widely recognized for its solid litigation and counseling experience in the field of antitrust and at the intersection with intellectual property matters. Acts for a broad client base spanning the manufacturing, consumer products and financial services sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been really good at helping us through issues and giving us advice in insular pieces of business that have had antitrust implications."  

"I have a good impression of the firm in terms of its litigation expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Panasonic entities as defendants in an alleged price-fixing conspiracy involving cathode ray tubes.

Successfully acted for Verizon Wireless in defense of putative class actions filed throughout the country with regard to an alleged price-fixing conspiracy concerning pay-per-use text messaging services.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say "star litigator" Dan Webb "is always available to his clients and invests the time personally needed to do excellent work." He is renowned for his experience in high-profile multidistrict litigation and class actions involving issues of monopolization and price-fixing.

James Herbison continues to impress sources in the antitrust space on both civil and criminal matters. Interviewees state that he is "outstanding - very responsive and knowledgeable, and provides good insights." He is lead counsel to the Metals Service Center Institute, regularly providing the client with compliance advice as well as acting for it as a third party on a price-fixing allegation involving steel manufacturers.  

Significant clients Monsanto, TreeHouse Foods, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Metals Service Center Institute, Solyndra.

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What the team is known for Well-known practice with extensive capabilities in the field of antitrust, particularly in advising domestic and international clients on day-to-day counseling and compliance programs. Offers additional strength in cross-border merger reviews, most notably in the healthcare sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very strong. The practice of law regularly encounters issues where you have to understand the laws of several countries in order to solve the problem for your client, and they are very experienced and knowledgeable in that area."  

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely terrific" Roxane Busey is "very knowledgeable about antitrust laws," sources note. She regularly counsels clients on the full range of antitrust issues, with particular experience in merger clearance and strategic joint ventures. She also litigates civil and criminal antitrust suits.

Sources regard Thomas Campbell as "an extremely fine lawyer" who "does an outstanding job for his clients." As senior counsel at the firm, he has a huge array of experience in the area of antitrust, particularly in the healthcare industry.  

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What the team is known for Utilized by clients for a range of general counseling and trade regulation matters, including merger control. Represents both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust-related litigation and government investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We're very happy with them. I'd say the experience across the board is good; they're very responsive and are true experts in the field of antitrust. Their advice has been practical and useful to us."

"They are nimble, cost effective and they've got the full range of antitrust capabilities."

Work highlights Advised the plaintiff class, which included the University of Utah Medical Center, as liaison counsel in an alleged plasma-derivative protein therapies industry price-fixing case valued at $128 million.

Assisted Mercola.com Health Resources in the creation of an internet minimum advertised price policy for products sold via distributors and online.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffery Cross is "just a font of knowledge" and "absolutely skilled in terms of price discrimination issues," interviewees report. In addition to his experience in distribution and franchise law, he regularly counsels clients on M&A in an antitrust context. "He's very thorough and takes the time to understand what our questions and issues are," notes another enthusiastic source.

Eugene Zelek's clients highlight him as "an expert in distribution law who understands how to weigh risks and benefits," adding that "he understands the client's business goals and develops solutions that achieve those goals." He advises a wide range of industrial and consumer industry clients on all manner of antitrust issues, including pricing and licensing.

David Gustman's broad business litigation practice regularly involves complex antitrust matters including criminal investigations. He also counsels clients on joint ventures and M&A. One client feels that his "best attributes are good judgment and the ability to provide very practical advice."

Significant clients McKee Foods, GlencoreXstrata, Koninklijke Philips, Coca-Cola, Channel IQ.

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What the team is known for Highly esteemed plaintiff-exclusive practice in Chicago, noted for its depth of experience on all anti-competitive issues across a broad range of industries. Sources highlight its strength in antitrust class actions in particular.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're the best plaintiffs lawyers in Chicago for sure."    

Notable practitioners  

Michael Freed gains widespread praise from market commentators for his complex litigation work, not least in antitrust disputes, at both trial and appellate level.

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What the team is known for Offers clients antitrust compliance training and advice in transactional matters, as well as representation in both civil and criminal disputes. Specific industry strengths include shipping, manufacturing and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We feel that we're getting excellent advice, they treat us fairly from a billing and overall business perspective, and they're always looking out for our best interests, which are all great qualities to have from your outstide counsel."  

"The firm has provided excellent service - 10 out of 10."

Notable practitioners  

Amy Manning is managing partner of the Chicago office. Her clients appreciate that she "has incredible energy, and is always looking out for our best interests," adding that "she's an excellent litigator but also gives practical advice on the problems we may be facing day in and day out." She is well versed in a wide range of criminal and civil antitrust cases, including monopolization, price-fixing and distribution issues.

Significant clients Horizon Lines, Jo Tankers.

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What the team is known for Established antitrust practice known primarily for its work on large civil actions for plaintiff clients but also sought after by defendants for its expertise. Active in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and grocery retailing.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Well-respected mainly plaintiff firm."   

Notable practitioners  

The "wonderful" Paul Slater has "a great reputation in Chicago," according to interviewees. His litigation practice has a heavy emphasis on antitrust but also includes trademark and patent matters. Sources appreciate the way he "brings a real intellectual approach to his cases."

Bruce Sperling's peers identify him as "a wonderful thinker" in his work for both plaintiff and defendant clients. He has recently been active on cases involving the financial services and pharmaceutical industries.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Stephen Libowsky heads up the competition and antitrust department at Dentons and regularly acts for clients on a variety of issues in this area. He advised Molex on antitrust issues and related filings arising from its sale to Koch Industries for $7.2 billion.

Alan Silberman of Dentons is a well-respected practitioner in the field due to his substantial experience and skill in advising clients on antitrust-related transactions and litigation.

Andrew Klevorn of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's clients describe him as "fantastically knowledgeable, particularly on antitrust matters." He is well versed in advising clients on strategic M&A as well as complex civil and criminal class action defense against claims of price-fixing or monopolization. He has "the right combination of smarts and customer friendliness that makes it a pleasure to work with him," sources note. 

Scott Mendel of K&L Gates is particularly active in the healthcare arena, where he regularly counsels clients on M&A and class action defense in antitrust-related litigation. He has recently been involved in a number of price-fixing cases with national implications.

James Gardner of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP receives praise from market sources for being "very personable and very much attuned to the business issues," in addition to "offering excellent client service." He is particularly noted for his work in the healthcare and financial services arenas.  

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