Antitrust - Illinois


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What the team is known for Considered by many commentators to be the premier antitrust firm in Chicago. Possesses a strong roster of lawyers combined with a breadth and depth of experience primarily in litigation matters. Regularly sighted in almost all of the largest class action matters in the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have some of the smartest lawyers around."

"Kirkland remains outstanding." 

Work highlights Represented Baxter in defense of a class action suit concerning therapies relating to plasma protein.

Acted for Packaging Corporation of America in a case of alleged price-fixing by manufacturers of containerboard.

Notable practitioners  

James Mutchnik has been one of the leading antitrust litigators in Chicago for a number of years. His practice features an emphasis on criminal as well as civil antitrust matters. He continues to act for Hitachi Display Products in the TFT-LCD antitrust class action suit in Northern California.

Daniel Laytin is praised by sources for his intellect, with one source saying: "He's the smartest guy in any room he enters." He is the lead lawyer for Packaging Corporation of America in the containerboard antitrust class action suit.

David Zott is an experienced trial lawyer with "excellent judgment." He practices antitrust alongside other complex commercial litigation and was co-lead with Daniel Laytin for Baxter as a defendant in the plasma therapy antitrust case.

Andrew Langan is able to bring "a wealth of experience" to antitrust and complex commercial litigation, according to sources.

Junior partner Barack Echols is making a name as a "sharp" practitioner who is capably handling matters often assigned to more senior lawyers. He was part of the team acting for Packaging Corporation of America in litigation concerning containerboard boxes.

Significant clients Bain Capital, Baxter, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Hitachi, Navistar International.

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What the team is known for Highly respected for the strength of its antitrust litigation practice in Illinois. Has the capability to undertake all manner of major class action litigation and investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are highly skilled, professional, responsive to the needs of the client and efficient."

"Their attorneys were very knowledgeable and intelligent." 

Work highlights Acted as co-counsel to ArcelorMittal in defense of an alleged conspiracy concerning the production of steel.

Represented Temple-Inland as a defendant in a price-fixing case relating to containerboard.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Marovitz is a "real competitor" who is an "excellent, excellent lawyer," according to sources. He regularly leads on Mayer Brown's biggest antitrust cases, including acting for Lear Corporation in a putative class action concerning wire harnesses used in automobiles.

Mark McLaughlin is the firm's general counsel in addition to his work as an antitrust and securities lawyer. Sources are quick to point to his excellence in the antitrust arena.

Britt Miller is a "very knowledgeable" attorney who is "really plugged in to what's happening in antitrust," say sources. Commentators are also effusive about her client service. She was one of the lead lawyers for Lear Corporation in the wire harness antitrust litigation.

Lee Abrams advises and acts for clients in a range of antitrust matters. He is described by market observers as "unmatched in his knowledge of how to establish a winning strategy." 

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, BASF, Cargill, Lear Corporation, The Mosaic Company.

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What the team is known for A respected boutique firm dedicated to complex litigation, featuring some outstanding antitrust partners. Clients regularly turn to it for high-stakes class action antitrust litigation.

What's new? Two litigation partners, including antitrust lawyer Michael McCluggage, joined the firm from Edwards Wildman Palmer in August 2013.

Notable practitioners  

Nathan Eimer is a "fabulous lawyer" who has been one of Chicago's top antitrust litigators for many years. Sources point to his strong relationship with the plaintiffs' Bar and his ability in class action cases.

New partner Michael McCluggage is noted for his antitrust litigation experience. One commentator calls him a "great addition" to the firm.

Band 2 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for A highly capable antitrust group which undertakes litigation as well as merger reviews and related transactional work. Sources credit its responsiveness and client service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They've been very thorough and creative in approaching negotiation."

"It is a fabulous global law firm." 

Work highlights Acted for 3D Systems in defense of a claim brought by DSM Desotech concerning stereolithography equipment.

Advised Baxter in relation to its proposed acquisition of Gambro, a deal worth around $4 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Sennett is "just brilliant" according to commentators, who note his strength in both merger-related work and litigation. He acted for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan as a defendant in the potash antitrust litigation.

Pamela Taylor focuses her practice on merger enforcement and other transactional antitrust matters. She recently advised Saputo in relation to the $1.45 billion acquisition of Morningstar Foods.

Paula Render is a junior partner focusing exclusively on antitrust litigation. Sources credit her oral skills and creativity. She was the lead lawyer for Arctic Glacier in defense of an indirect purchaser action related to packaged ice.

Significant clients Baxter, 3D Systems, Boehringer Ingelheim, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, CVS Caremark.

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What the team is known for Undertakes a wide range of antitrust litigation both within Illinois and on a national scale. Possesses notable strength in healthcare matters including hospital mergers.

Work highlights Acted for American Gypsum in defense of a claim of alleged price-fixing of drywall brought by direct and indirect purchasers.

Representing Mars in a class action brought against it and other chocolate manufacturers alleging price-fixing.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Chefitz is regarded as a leading litigator in both antitrust and securities matters. He recently acted for Steel Dynamics in the nationwide steel antitrust litigation.

David Marx continues to undertake a wide range of antitrust cases, with a particular niche in healthcare matters. Sources comment that Marx is "very smart and very strategic."

Up-and-comer Amanda Metts is noted as a "very tough litigator" who is building a reputation for her antitrust work. She is one of the lead lawyers defending Dairy Farmers of America in a multidistrict litigation concerning the dairy industry.

Significant clients American Gypsum, Koch Industries, National Standard, Henry Ford Health System, Morton Salt.

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What the team is known for A strong antitrust group acting in government investigations, litigation and transactional matters. Its lawyers have great litigation experience across a range of industries including financial services and healthcare.

Work highlights Acted for Citi as a defendant in the card interchange fee antitrust litigation, alleging breaches of the Sherman Act.

Represented AT&T Mobility in a case concerning an alleged conspiracy over the price of pay-per-use SMS messaging.

Notable practitioners  

John Treece is a "terrific" antitrust lawyer who sources regularly see in top-level litigation. Among his recent representations is for Astellas Pharma in a class action case concerning the immunosuppressant Prograf.

Jack Bierig is primarily known for his work in the healthcare arena. Sources call him a "very knowledgeable and insightful" lawyer who has a "surgical and strategic" approach to antitrust.

Charles Douglas chairs the firm's management committee in addition to his day-to-day practice. He has around 38 years' experience as a trial lawyer working primarily in antitrust and securities matters.

David Graham's complex commercial practice includes antitrust and securities litigation. He recently led the representation of Citi in the card interchange fee antitrust case.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, AT&T Mobility, Citi, Microsoft, Smith & Nephew.

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What the team is known for Represents major clients in many of the leading antitrust cases across the country as part of its multifaceted litigation practice. Features some top-flight litigators and experienced antitrust lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"There are no areas where they're not exceptionally good. They continue to exceed expectations each and every day."

"They are only a phone call away and extremely responsive, whether it be by e-mail or texting."

What's new? New clients include Panasonic, Goldman Sachs and the LA Dodgers.

Work highlights Represented RockTenn as a defendant in the containerboard antitrust litigation alleging a conspiracy to restrict output of its products.

Acted for Verizon Wireless in the text messaging antitrust litigation concerning short-code text messages.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Webb remains one of Chicago's most respected litigators and his practice often involves antitrust matters. Sources call him a "superstar." He acted for Monsanto in its $1 billion patent and antitrust victory against DuPont.

James Herbison is a junior partner who "has a great deal of expertise in the area." He has been working across a wide range of the firm's recent representations.

Significant clients RockTenn, Monsanto, Verizon Wireless, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Dell, Panasonic.

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What the team is known for Experienced team which undertakes a great deal of counseling and compliance work for a range of global clients. Respected representation of clients in class actions and in merger reviews.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've provided an excellent service and exceeded my expectations."

Work highlights Acting for Winn-Dixie, HJ Heinz, Roundy's Supermarkets and C&S Wholesale Grocers as opt-out plaintiffs in the eggs antitrust litigation concerning alleged price-fixing of eggs.

Notable practitioners  

Senior counsel Thomas Campbell is a highly respected litigator whose practice encompasses antitrust among other things. He has 45 years' experience in the field.

Roxane Busey is a "really good tactical thinker" when it comes to antitrust. She regularly counsels clients on global antitrust matters.

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What the team is known for A varied antitrust practice featuring practitioners undertaking counseling and compliance work, merger clearance and complex litigation. Sources praise its client service and overall antitrust expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an excellent command of antitrust." 

Work highlights Acted for GlencoreXstrata in the appeals in the sulfuric acid antitrust case, which Freeborn & Peters successfully won at first instance and on appeal to the Seventh Circuit.

Represented McKee Foods in its purchase of assets worth $27.5 million from Hostess Brands following the latter's bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffery Cross "has a very good understanding of the interplay between economics and antitrust," according to sources, and is noted for his practicality. He was part of the team acting for McKee Foods in an acquisition from Hostess Brands. 

Eugene Zelek is an experienced antitrust counselor who works with a number of major firms. He is described by market observers as a "very pragmatic and solution-oriented guy."

David Gustman is a "strong trial lawyer" who "shows very good judgment," say sources. Recently he was the lead lawyer for GlencoreXstrata in the sulfuric acid antitrust case.

Significant clients GlencoreXstrata, NorFalco, Nintendo of America, McKinsey & Co, Coca-Cola.

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What the team is known for Widely cited as the leading plaintiffs' firm in Illinois, with a wealth of experience in antitrust and other matters. A regular fixture in major class action litigation across the country.

Notable practitioners 

Michael Freed is "the dean of the plaintiffs' antitrust Bar" and the "leading plaintiffs' lawyer in Chicago," according to commentators. He is noted for his credibility in front of judges.

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What the team is known for A reputation as a strong firm for antitrust and commercial litigation, both on the plaintiff and defense side, with decades of trial experience among its senior partners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A really excellent firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Slater is a "very sharp antitrust lawyer" who impresses sources with his abilities in antitrust and other litigation.

Bruce Sperling is widely recognized as a force on the plaintiffs' side in commercial and antitrust litigation. One peer calls him "one of the premier litigators in Chicago."

Band 4 | Dentons

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What the team is known for An experienced team that offers solid antitrust counsel as well as undertaking litigation for a variety of nationwide clients, with a particular niche in the foods industry.

Work highlights Advised Land O' Lakes on a number of distribution and pricing issues.

Represented EFCO Corporation in defense of a case brought following adjustments to its distribution arrangements.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Libowsky is a "very practical, diligent and intelligent" attorney who is able to "cut to the chase on issues." Sources also note his abilities and presence in courtroom settings.

Alan Silberman is an "excellent" and busy senior antitrust lawyer who has almost 50 years' experience in the field. He continues to advise McDonald's on a range of antitrust issues.

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What the team is known for Fields a team of upcoming and established antitrust litigators, who act in a range of class action and civil antitrust litigation. Regularly counsels a number of blue-chip firms on distribution and pricing issues.

Work highlights Acted for Kraft, Kellogg and Nestlé among others in the processed egg antitrust litigation alleging price-fixing in the egg market.

Represented Mitsubishi Electric in an antitrust suit concerning alleged price-fixing of cathode ray tube products.

Notable practitioners  

John Hamill is a key contact.

Significant clients Mitsubishi Electric, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Kraft, Kellogg, Nishi-Nippon Railroad.

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What the team is known for Primarily represents clients in both criminal investigations and related civil antitrust litigation, including major multidistrict and class action cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their availability and responsiveness are among the best that we work with."

Notable practitioners  

Amy Manning has a "really bright future" as an antitrust litigator according to one peer. She is credited in particular for "knowing the material inside and out" and for her experience with the regulators.

Significant clients Horizon Lines, Jo Tankers. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Laura Keidan Martin of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a healthcare litigator whose work involves a range of antitrust aspects. Sources credit her on her skill and experience in the area.

Andrew Klevorn of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is an experienced litigator whose practice covers a range of industries including healthcare. He also undertakes merger-related work. 

Scott Mendel of K&L Gates does "a really good job" in antitrust, according to sources, who also note his expertise in distribution matters. He has 37 years' experience in the area.

Randall Hack of Locke Lord LLP is noted as a "very sharp" lawyer. He has a plethora of experience in litigation matters, including antitrust.

James Gardner of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP has a practice which covers a wide variety of antitrust matters, including merger reviews and complex litigation. He is highly experienced, having spent 45 years working in the field.  

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