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Nationwide

Antitrust


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Antitrust - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Well versed in the entire spectrum of antitrust work from the clearance and review of major M&A transactions to the defense of civil and criminal litigation. Advises a range of clients spanning multiple industries including financial services, energy, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The group of attorneys at Arnold are exceptionally effective - I have tremendous confidence not only in the reliability of the legal advice but also in their ability to manage the cost of the services provided and achieve a prompt resolution."

Work highlights Acted for Kroger in its acquisition of Harris Teeter, valued at approximately $2.5 billion.

Represented Nucor on several matters relating to the steel industry including a class action suit and a joint venture litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Gleklen heads up the firm's US antitrust practice group and is a key contact. 

Significant clients GE, AT&T, Visa, Cisco Systems, Hikma Pharmaceuticals.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles. 

What the team is known for Highly renowned plaintiff practice offering top-quality representation for classes and individual litigants in all manner of antitrust cases. Exhibits comprehensive knowledge of anticompetitive behavior such as monopolization and price discrimination.  

Notable practitioners  

Maxwell Blecher is regarded as a "true legend of the Bar," and his almost unparalleled experience in plaintiff matters continues to command the utmost respect from peers.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Fort Lauderdale.

What the team is known for Extremely accomplished litigation boutique with vast experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the antitrust space. Houses top attorneys noted for their trial expertise and strength in class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're great - absolutely first-class."   

"Obviously a strong litigation firm." 

Work highlights Advised Cogent on the agency reviews into both the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DIRECTV mergers.

Represented Sell It Social as plaintiff against Acumen Brands in a case of alleged monopolization.

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" David Boies is an esteemed litigator well known for his successes in a range of areas, including antitrust, over the past four decades. One client appreciates the way he is able to "think outside the box in an extraordinary way."

Donald Flexner is a much-respected figure in the antitrust market and has experience across the full spectrum of antitrust issues, from compliance counseling to civil and criminal litigation. Peers highlight his "professionalism and courteousness" as particularly strong attributes.

Significant clients Dollar General, Delta Air Lines, American Express.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Outstanding presence in the field emanating from its DC stronghold with additional support provided by attorneys in its New York office. Exceptional team of dedicated antitrust experts, the majority of whom are noted for having held high-ranking positions at government agencies such as the FTC and DOJ. Equally superb on M&A, litigation and investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Probably the top-tier competition firm worldwide."  

"That practice is incredibly strong." 

Work highlights Represented Family Dollar in its sale to Dollar Tree for $8.5 billion and Dollar General's $9.1 billion acquisition proposal.

Acted for Keurig Green Mountain as defendant against a class action claim alleging monopolization in connection with coffee brewers and portion packs.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Leddy is identified by his peers as "one of the best antitrust lawyers in the country." He is particularly strong in global cartel investigations and has been involved in a number of the most high-profile cases in the area. Sources note his astuteness and "uncanny ability to focus on what the underlying principles of an antitrust violation are."

Jeremy Calsyn is a "fantastic, measured and very versatile antitrust lawyer" when it comes to cartel work, sources comment. He continues to act for a range of clients involved in global investigations across various industries, including transportation and financial services.

Impressed clients describe George Cary as a "heavy hitter" and "big gun" when it comes to antitrust, while peers say that "he's a terrific litigator - a very, very solid representative of his client." He operates across the full gamut of antitrust, with significant expertise in merger enforcement and agency investigations as well as the crossover into IP law.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Medtronic.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is San Francisco.

What the team is known for Continues to be a market-leading plaintiffs' firm with highly skilled commercial litigators well versed in antitrust law. A leading name in large-scale investigations across numerous industries, most recently in consumer electronics and transportation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a very high-quality shop." 

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Cotchett is a "top plaintiffs' lawyer," with over four decades worth of experience in a broad range of business litigation including antitrust. Market commentators highlight him as "a fantastic trial lawyer" and note that he is a "very prominent" figure in California as well as the rest of the USA.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Well respected for the depth of its bench, which hosts a number of former high-ranking attorneys in government agency positions. Demonstrates significant expertise when it comes to class actions and cartel enforcement.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely client-friendly and detail-oriented. I like that the partner is totally engaged and just knows every little detail that's going on."

"Very satisfied with their professionalism and approach. They fit our risk profiles well."  

Work highlights Assisted Facebook on its acquisition of Oculus VR for $1 billion.

Acted for Alps Electric as defendant in the auto parts price-fixing litigation, specifically relating to heater control panels.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Thomas Barnett is a "gifted antitrust lawyer" who handles matters across the antitrust spectrum, including merger reviews and criminal enforcement, and acts for an exceptional roster of clients.

Deborah Garza's peers have a "high regard" for her experience in the field and the balanced nature of her practice. She has recently been involved in a significant amount of class action litigation, most notably in the financial services sector. 

Significant clients AstraZeneca, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Disney, Verizon.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Excellent team, noted for its significant litigation and regulation expertise. Possesses considerable strength in both civil and criminal investigations, including those arising from merger reviews.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm very impressed and would recommend this firm to others." 

"They have some amazing litigators." 

Work highlights Advised Saint-Gobain on the FTC review of its approximately $1.7 billion sale of its Verallia North America business to Ardagh Group.

Acted for Qualcomm in a case concerning an alleged conspiracy to exclude TruePosition technology from the telecommunications market.

Notable practitioners  

The "wonderful" Evan Chesler is hailed as "one of the stars of our time" when it comes to litigation, which often includes antitrust as part of a wider commercial practice. He has been particularly active in the financial services industry of late, though he is familiar with a great many other areas.

Significant clients ABC, American Express, ESPN, Life Technologies, Unilever.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Menlo Park and New York.

What the team is known for Widely recognized in the market for the depth of its bench, which boasts a number of highly experienced antitrust practitioners. Works closely with the firm's M&A group to offer high-quality advice on mergers, joint ventures and agency investigations, with significant strength in cross-border transactions. Balances this expertise with a full-service antitrust litigation practice, noted for its work in both civil and criminal suits.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think the Davis Polk attorneys are very formidable." 

"An extremely strong firm." 

Work highlights Acted for Shire on its abandoned merger with AbbVie valued at approximately $54.8 billion.

Advised JPMorgan Chase as defendant in a global litigation alleging that multiple banks conspired in relation to interest rate benchmarks.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Arthur Burke commands "a tremendous amount of respect" from peers on both coasts, to which he divides his time, and is a "trusted adviser" to a broad range of clients. He is an experienced litigator in the antitrust space but has also acted on a number of high-profile M&A and related investigations.

Sources describe Ronan Harty as "somebody that you would want to have on a business-critical matter." He recently demonstrated this in several transactions related to the food industry, including Tyson Foods' proposed acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company for $8.6 billion.

Senior partner Arthur Golden is a vastly experienced attorney noted for his transactional and litigation expertise. He was part of the team which advised Hoffmann-La Roche on its acquisition of InterMune, for $8.3 billion.

Christopher Hockett's clients appreciate that he does a"very good job at keeping things practical and simple while dealing with, and addressing, the complications of the case." He leads the firm's global antitrust group and is a "tremendous talent" when it comes to litigating class actions and investigations, sources note.

Michael Sohn is an esteemed expert in the field, receiving widespread praise for the consistent strength of his five decade-spanning practice. He excels in front of government agencies and has provided counsel on investigations and M&A transactions throughout his career.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, T-Mobile USA, Comcast, eBay, LG Electronics.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Philadelphia and DC.

What the team is known for Consolidates its superb reputation across all areas of antitrust due to the high visibility and success of its leading attorneys. Routinely called upon by its broad client roster to advise on some of the most significant M&A transactions in the area. Also recognized for its litigation prowess, including class actions, particularly in the technology and pharmaceutical arenas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a strong market position." 

"I love Dechert! It's a strong practice." 

Work highlights Acted for CVS Health on antitrust issues relating to multiple M&A transactions including a joint venture with Cardinal Health, and its acquisition of Coram for $2.2 billion.

Assisted Dow Chemical as defendant against an allegation of price-fixing in the urethanes industry.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Denis "has a very strong reputation" and is well respected for his work in front of government enforcement agencies, not least due to his involvement in some of the most high-profile merger reviews of the past year.

Significant clients American Airlines, OfficeMax, GE, Albertson's, Microsoft.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Renowned for its strength in major antitrust litigation across the country, acting for plaintiff clients. Distinguished for its experience in price-fixing class actions in particular.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Certainly one of the country's leaders in the plaintiff antitrust world."  

Notable practitioners  

Michael Freed remains a top name when it comes to class action plaintiff work and is highly respected by his peers for his broad activity across antitrust and securities law.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas and DC.

What the team is known for Extremely impressive performer in key states across the USA with top-notch attorneys undertaking the full array of antitrust matters. Dominant practice when it comes to global cartel defense and other litigation variants. Complements these strengths with transactional and agency experience in order to provide clients with a full-service antitrust offering of the highest order.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a first-class firm - we're talking about one of the great antitrust shops in the country, if not the world."  

"I have great regard for Gibson's litigators - I think everybody over there is a dynamite lawyer."

Work highlights Advised Chunghwa Picture Tubes on the global LCD and CRT price-fixing investigations as well as follow-on litigation.

Represented Ottogi as defendant against allegations of a price-fixing conspiracy relating to Korean ramen products, brought by both direct and indirect purchaser classes.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Spratling's peers have a tremendous amount of respect for his criminal cartel practice, calling him "a luminary in this space" and the "godfather of the amnesty program." Sources also appreciate that he is "incredibly generous with his time."

Jarrett Arp is a "fantastic lawyer," particularly recognized for his cartel expertise, though he regularly counsels clients on a range of other matters as well. He continues to be heavily involved in several major investigations and follow-on class actions in the financial services sector.

Daniel Swanson has a vast amount of antitrust expertise covering everything from merger investigations to civil and criminal litigation. One client said: "He's brilliant at being able to look at situations from a practical point of view and so from a counseling standpoint is someone you can rely on."

Sources speak highly of Joel Sanders's extensive capabilities in the area, particularly in relation to his continued involvement in several major disputes and investigations across a wide array of industries.

Significant clients UBS, Woodbridge, “K” Line Logistics, MITSUBA, NEC TOKIN.  

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Market-leading plaintiffs' firm with considerable experience in antitrust class action suits and criminal cartel investigations. Has had numerous successes in the area resulting in major recovery or settlements for its clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very good; very confident and organized."  

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel for a plaintiff class of former college football and basketball players against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, regarding compensation concerning the players' images and likenesses in video games and television broadcasts.

Represented a direct purchaser class in the auto parts litigation against multiple Taiwanese manufacturers.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hausfeld is "a very successful and able antitrust litigator" and "one of the titans of the plaintiffs Bar," according to interviewees. He regularly acts for individual opt-outs and plaintiff classes on a range of antitrust matters including allegations of price-fixing and monopolization. 

Significant clients Deutsche Bahn, Michelin, Metro, Ed O’Bannon, adidas.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Esteemed antitrust group highly commended for its global capabilities on transactional matters, as well as an increasingly strong litigation practice. Has recently played prominent roles in several major cartel investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their service and operations are excellent."  

Work highlights Represented IBM on the global review regarding the $1.5 billion sale of its microelectronics business to GlobalFoundries.

Assisting Alstom on the antitrust and foreign investment issues concerning the $17 billion sale of its power businesses to GE. It is also advising on Alstom's acquisition of GE's transportation signaling business.

Notable practitioners  

Sources single out Megan Dixon's excellent criminal and cartel work. She has considerable experience across multiple jurisdictions and industries, including the automotive, life sciences and healthcare arenas.

Interviewees say that the "superb" Janet McDavid is a "widely acknowledged expert in the area of competition and antitrust." She is an experienced litigator and is also familiar with merger reviews and global clearance issues.

Significant clients General Dynamics, American Express, PPG Industries, Verizon, BlackBerry.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Houston and Dallas.

What the team is known for Exceptional global strength across all of its highlighted offices and home to a group of first-class individuals preeminent in the antitrust field. Prodigious experience in front of government agencies for all manner of M&A-related issues including some of the biggest merger clearances of the last decade. Additionally expert in civil and criminal litigation related to a wide array of industries, with noteworthy activity in the healthcare and technology sectors of late.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their antitrust counsel is outstanding." 

"They're very, very good - they're practical and they provide balanced guidance."

Work highlights Assisted Bayer in its acquisition of Merck & Co's consumer care business for $14.2 billion.

Acted for Cardinal Health on two allegations of anticompetitive behavior in relation to discounting practices filed by a competitor and customer class.

Notable practitioners  

John Majoras has a broad antitrust practice but is noted in particular for his considerable experience in global cartel defense and other civil litigation. He has developed a strong reputation for his trial skills.

Joe Sims's expertise spans the full range of antitrust-related litigation, counseling and M&A work. One source highlights that he is "very effective in delivering for clients."

Phillip Proger is a highly experienced practitioner well versed in all manner of antitrust disputes across a wide variety of industries. Sources reserve particular praise for his common-sense approach to resolving complex matters.

Significant clients American Airlines, Chevron, Deutsche Bank, Eastman Chemical, Electrolux.   

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Atlanta and DC.

What the team is known for Highly effective practice, much admired for its international capabilities in the criminal cartel space. A frequent player in major investigations of the past decade across the transportation, technology and financial service arenas, among others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"As a group they're very thorough with their legal analysis but also make practical observations from a business perspective." 

"King & Spalding is a really strong group." 

Work highlights Continues to represent the InterContinental Hotels Group in the investigation into an alleged conspiracy by several online travel companies and major hotel chains.

Acted for Varel International Energy Services in its $740 million acquisition by Sandvik.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate that Grace Rodriguez is "really good at analyzing, digesting and then simplifying very complex issues," when it comes to antitrust litigation, particularly cartel investigations.

James Griffin is a "dean of the Criminal Antitrust Bar" and a "big name in cartels," interviewees observe. He is a "superb lawyer" with experience in both domestic and international investigations, and his peers "only have great things to say about him."

Significant clients Bank of America, Hanesbrands, Novo-Nordisk, Albemarle, Pandora Media. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and DC.

What the team is known for Well-balanced practice offering quality merger clearance and regulatory advice, as well as fine representation in antitrust-related litigation. Continues to exhibit extensive capabilities in the healthcare, energy and technology sectors, in particular.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have experts in all areas so every time I've asked for expertise, they've been able to help us."  

"They have a strong, organized internal approach to antitrust filings - they staff with all of the right-level people to do each task."

Work highlights Acted for Zebra Technologies in its acquisition of Motorola’s global enterprise business for $3.45 billion.

Advised EVA Airways on several class actions alleging price-fixing conspiracies relating to fuel surcharges and shipping services by airlines and air cargo carriers respectively.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" James Mutchnik is "a thought leader" in the antitrust space, and "has a very strong practice" on both the civil and criminal side, according to sources. He recently lead the representation of Bain Capital in a class action suit relating to an alleged price-fixing conspiracy of public company stock, brought by former shareholders.

The highly experienced Timothy Muris is of counsel with the firm. He has a strong antitrust pedigree when it comes to enforcement issues such as civil investigations.

Significant clients Bain Capital, Hess, Infineon Technologies, Leap Wireless, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and DC.

What the team is known for Highly proficient antitrust group, handling all manner of antitrust work on a global scale. Regularly sought after by clients to advise on merger clearance and antitrust regulation, as well as a broad spectrum of litigation and cartel defense matters.

Work highlights Acted for Symantec as defendant against patent infringement claims in a case involving the alleged monopolization of a technology-licensing market.

Acted for Toshiba in the optical disk drives investigation.

Notable practitioners  

Niall Lynch is a "fantastic lawyer" who "does a lot of terrific work on the cartel side," sources note, also highlighting his previous experience with the DOJ. He recently co-led the representation of Ferrellgas in the FTC investigation and related class actions concerning the reduction of propane in its tanks.

Daniel Wall is an impressive litigator in the antitrust space. One client appreciates that he "always provides an exceptionally high level of service," adding that "with him, you get first-rate antitrust trial counseling that very few other lawyers can provide."

The "terrific" Margaret Zwisler receives widespread praise for her litigation expertise and her strengths in class actions, in particular. Interviewees also highlighted her ability to "engender the confidence of the client in ways others might find difficult to achieve."

Significant clients Actavis, Ford, Live Nation, Mattel, SanDisk, Allergan.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and DC.

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for its combination of all-encompassing litigation expertise and substantial international capabilities. Acts on major civil and criminal investigations as well as M&A counseling. Particularly well known in the cartel space and also has a formidable appellate practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very thorough and business-practical." 

Work highlights Acted for HSBC as defendant in a major class action claim alleging antitrust violations in relation to credit default swaps between certain financial institutions.

Advised The Mosaic Company as codefendant, along with several other potash manufacturers, against allegations of a price-fixing conspiracy brought by direct and indirect purchasers.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Marovitz is well versed in antitrust law as part of his wider commercial litigation practice. Specific strengths include price-fixing cases, as well as alleged monopolization. Sources particularly note his intellect and courtroom skills, and also afford praise to his "very client-focused" approach.

Significant clients Cargill, Temple-Inland, The Big Ten Conference, Starwood Hotels, American Specialty Health.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Chicago and DC.

What the team is known for Strong performer across multiple offices in key states, with proven expertise in global merger clearance and cartel defense work. Maintains a fine reputation in healthcare work, not least in matters at the intersection of antitrust and IP.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We've certainly been satisfied with the service." 

Work highlights Successfully represented Martin Marietta Materials in the DOJ investigation into its acquisition of TXI for $2.7 billion.

Acted for American Gypsum as defendant in a class action suit alleging drywall manufacturers conspired to inflate prices.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Winterscheid is the firm's global competition and antitrust head.

Significant clients Banner Health, DaVita, Motorola Solutions, Static Control, Wrigley.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, New York, and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Advises major domestic and international clients on the full range of their antitrust needs, both in the US and globally. Accomplished representation in merger filings, investigations and litigation. Recommended  for cases with a significant IP component, and for major cartel work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has capabilities of a large firm, but distinguishes itself by hands-on experience, strategic focus and the managerial skills it exhibits."

"From top to bottom the antitrust team is top notch. They provide the hard advice, but manage complex global investigations seamlessly."

Work highlights Advising Intel on a number of deals, including undertaking the antitrust filings for its purchase of LSI's networking business Axxia from Avago.

Representing SoftBank on the antitrust components of its purchase of $350 million in shares of Supercell Oy from GungHo Online Entertainment.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees note that Roxann Henry is a "very responsive and diligent" practitioner, with many highlighting her skill and creativity when it comes to criminal cartel cases.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices in Los Angeles and DC.

What the team is known for Continues to be regarded as one of the standout antitrust practices in the market. Possesses an impressive bench of litigators and maintains a fine track record in antitrust disputes, not least in class actions and cartel investigations.

Work highlights Advised CoreLogic on the FTC investigation into its acquisition of multiple assets from DataQuick Lender solutions, and the resulting settlement involving a license to a third party.

Acted for Honeywell as defendant in several class actions relating to the alleged monopolization of the market for round thermostats.

Notable practitioners  

Market commentators praise Michael Tubach for his technical legal knowledge and his practical approach to advising clients. As part of a broader white-collar practice, he is well known for his antitrust cartel work, and is highly experienced at both trial and appellate level.

Department chair Richard Parker is a well-respected figure in the market. He is particularly singled out for his litigation skills in cases before government agencies.

Significant clients US Airways/American Airlines, SK Hynix, Samsung, Impax Laboratories, Marriott International.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Excellent reputation in antitrust disputes, at both state and federal level, with significant trial experience. Acts for a broad range of clients on private litigation and cartel defense in addition to major merger clearance work. Additional knowledge of regulatory issues when it comes to government enforcement. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've got some really great people with a lot of FTC experience." 

"The firm has been incredibly responsive and managed very smoothly a somewhat unwieldy matter."

Work highlights Acted for Becton, Dickinson in multiple class actions relating to medical devices and alleged competitor exclusion via monopolization and price-fixing.

Represented News Corporation and a subsidiary, in class action litigation alleging monopolization of in-store promotional services markets through product tying and bundling.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees hold Joseph Simons in high regard, noting his pragmatism and effectiveness as a practitioner. He recently acted for Pfizer in a class action settlement relating to claims of monopolization brought by certain drug wholesaler stores.

Significant clients MasterCard, Deutsche Bank, Empire Resorts, Time Warner Cable, Ericsson.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Well-known plaintiffs' firm with experience in all manner of anticompetitive behavior including price-fixing and monopolization. Currently acting for consumers in several major class actions.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Simon is not just a "real force in California but more than that: he's a national plaintiffs' lawyer," according to interviewees. He acts on a broad range of business litigation including antitrust and securities. 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Minneapolis.

What the team is known for Receives widespread praise for its capabilities in all types of antitrust matters but has achieved particularly significant success on behalf of plaintiff clients. Demonstrates considerable trial experience and knowledge of government agencies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do the very high-end work and they're very good at it."  

"Their work is outstanding as always." 

Work highlights Represented a plaintiff class of merchants in the MasterCard and Visa litigation relating to interchange fees.

Acted for a direct purchaser class that alleged Merck monopolized the mumps vaccine market.

Notable practitioners  

Hollis Salzman receives much praise from the market and is singled out as "a really good lawyer. She's always well prepared and is savvy - she knows what's important and what isn't and she works very hard at it." She has been a primary figure on the plaintiffs' side in a number of major cartel investigations and sources appreciate that she is "very open to innovative solutions" in these large cases. 

Craig Wildfang is hailed as "one of the best antitrust plaintiff-side litigators in the country" by sources, who particularly note his recent success in the Visa/MasterCard payment card litigation in which he achieved a record settlement agreement for the merchant class.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Solid group of focused antitrust practitioners with access to a strong international platform. Visible in all aspects of the field from criminal investigations and civil litigation to transactional work and counseling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very, very happy with the work they've done. It's about delivering results and how you deliver - and they get very high marks there."

"They've given us practical solutions as to how to proceed with business objectives in light of the global antitrust laws, and good guidance as to what our possibilities are with respect to pricing."

Work highlights Assisted International Game Technology with the regulatory clearances required for its acquisition by Gtech SpA.

Advised St. Luke’s Health System on the initial claim and later appeal by competitors and the FTC, that its affiliation with Saltzer Medical Group violates the Clayton Act.

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely brilliant" John Treece impresses market commentators with his antitrust experience and additional strengths in IP and pharmaceutical-related issues. He has recently assisted Astellas on several disputes, including a suit alleging the client delayed the release of a generic drug.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, Microsoft, AT&T, PG&E, Citi.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Extensive litigation and M&A expertise solidifies its position in the antitrust market. Involved in some of the most high-profile merger clearances in recent years. Also noted for its work in major cartel investigations, particularly in the financial services and technology sectors.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their expertise in the subject matter area was excellent and their familiarity with the government regulatory process was exceptionally valuable."  

Work highlights Successfully defended Yingli against an alleged conspiracy relating to the sale of solar panels.

Advised Lorillard on the FTC investigation into its acquisition by R.J. Reynolds.

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" Kevin Arquit is described as "very knowledgeable and very practical," and also draws praise for his ability to "deeply understand the business context of antitrust issues." He is equally adept in both transactional matters and antitrust disputes, including proceedings before government agencies.

Significant clients Blackstone, International Swaps & Derivatives Association, JPMorgan Chase, KKR, Office Depot.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Demonstrates impressive strength in all areas of antitrust work across multiple jurisdictions. Well versed in a variety of M&A issues, including compliance advice, Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, agency investigations and reviews. Continues to be preeminent in the sports and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Skadden offers a very good, client-friendly service that provides a variety of advice in different areas."

"I always find their performance to be outstanding." 

Work highlights Advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of Allergan for $46 billion.

Acted for the National Hockey League on several class action claims relating to allegations of monopolization and issues of distribution across television and internet services.

Notable practitioners  

The "superb" Clifford Aronson received numerous plaudits for being "a terrific antitrust lawyer." His antitrust experience covers a range of litigation and transactions across multiple industries, though he is particularly recognized for his skill in M&A matters.

Steven Sunshine has a strong reputation in the market for his expertise across all areas of antitrust, including grand jury investigations and class action price-fixing claims. He continues to be significantly active in the pharmaceutical sector.

John Nannes is a highly experienced practitioner well versed in antitrust disputes and merger clearance work. He recently acted for Norfolk Southern Railway as defendant in consolidated class actions alleging antitrust violations in relation to fuel surcharges.

Significant clients Nokia, National Basketball League, Merck KGaA, JPMorgan Chase, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Sophisticated antitrust team, with notable strength in litigation and investigation work. Well versed in cross-border enforcement work including global cartel defense. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a very good reputation and we were not disappointed."

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs on several cases including a DOJ investigation and follow-on litigation relating to the warehousing of aluminum.

Represented CNH Industrial subsidiaries in the sale of certain account programs in the USA and Canada to Citibank.

Notable practitioners  

Yvonne Quinn enjoys a fine reputation for her antitrust work in the financial services and pharmaceutical arenas. In a recent highlight, she acted for US Bank in its acquisition of Charter One Bank's Chicago banking operations.

Significant clients Barclays, JP Morgan, United Rental, NewPage, IntercontinentalExchange.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Outstanding firm specializing in all manner of antitrust issues arising from transactions, coordinated on a global scale from its New York office. Wide-ranging industry expertise and home to some of the leading names in M&A-related antitrust work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely bright and articulate attorneys who are at the very top of a competitive field."  

"Wachtell is a terrific firm for merger and agency work."

Work highlights Represented Charter Communications in several transactions, including the $7.3 billion acquisition of assets from Comcast.

Advised Sysco on its merger with US Foods for $8.2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Ilene Knable Gotts is extremely well respected in the field. "She's really one of the best in what she does, which is merger law," one source notes. She is regularly seen in some of the most significant transactions in the antitrust space, acting for major domestic and international clients. 

Michael Byowitz is "just a terrific antitrust lawyer" who "continues to do significant work" in the antitrust arena. He is highly experienced in transactional antitrust matters on both a domestic and international level. 

Significant clients CareFusion, Dollar Tree, Covidien, tw telecom.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is DC.

What the team is known for Continues to be recognized for its regulatory work and comes recommended for its expertise in merger clearance and issues concerning Hart-Scott-Rodino filings. Also noted for its strengths in litigation, both at trial and appellate level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Weil's performance is very impressive, especially in terms of their professionalism, timeliness, communication and teamwork."

"Very professional, client-oriented and easy to get along with."

Work highlights Advised Applied Materials in the setup of new company Eteris, through a merger with Tokyo Electron, valued at $29 billion.

Acted for Bridgestone as defendant in part of the DOJ's major auto parts investigation relating to the sale of antivibration rubber components.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Steven Newborn represents a range of major corporate clients on complicated M&A matters as well as litigation. He is a "terrific" and "accomplished lawyer," who is "very, very skilled from a technical antitrust perspective," note admiring sources.

Significant clients Actavis, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, Panasonic, Biomet.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Advises a variety of parties on the full range of antitrust matters and is noted for its work at the intersection between antitrust and IP. Consistently performs on cross-border M&A transactions as well as global cartel defense across its effective office network. Enjoys a particularly fine reputation in the pharmaceutical arena.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are not only experienced and capable, but also very dedicated. We always feel protected by them." 

"Very good service - they're responsive to clients' requests and goals."

Work highlights Acted for the Los Angeles Lakers as defendant in a class action relating to cable and satellite distribution brought by the subscribers of certain Time Warner Cable television packages.

Advised Grupo Bimbo in its acquisition of Canada Bread valued at $1.6 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Gidley chairs the firm's global antitrust practice. 

Significant clients Comcast, Pfizer, Zimmer Holdings, Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical, US Foods.  

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston and DC.

What the team is known for Destination antitrust practice for all manner of transactional and disputes work. Continues to be recognized as a prominent player in the criminal cartel space, having been involved in several of the largest investigations in recent years. Developing a strong reputation in matters at the intersection between antitrust and IP, and maintains a fine track record for its work in the pharmaceutical and technology arenas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're at the very top for US law firms in cartel work."

"Very good - very solid and strategic."  

Work highlights Acted for Cephalon as defendant in the FTC investigation and resulting class action claims alleging a conspiracy relating to the patent of Provigil. 

Assisted Analog Devices in its acquisition of Hittite Microwave for approximately $2.5 billion in total equity value.

Notable practitioners  

Heather Tewksbury has made an impressive name for herself in the cartel space, having held a significant position within the DOJ's antitrust division prior to her joining the firm in 2014. Sources heap praise, describing her as "tenacious in the defense of a case" and "a really outstanding trial lawyer."

The "exceptional" Steven Cherry commands huge respect in the antitrust arena and is particularly noted for his experience in international cartel and grand jury investigations. He is described as "very talented, extremely smart, responsive and creative" and has a well-earned reputation for "getting a very good resolution for his client," sources note.

Thomas Mueller is "incredibly well respected" among his peers for his exceptional global cartel enforcement work. Sources reserve particular admiration for his practical and unflappable approach to matters.

Significant clients DENSO, Intel, Nissin, Danaher, Statoil.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Continues to cultivate a great reputation in the antitrust market, and excels in merger clearance and review, as well as disputes including civil and criminal investigations. Remains much sought after for its strength in class actions and also stands out for its expertise in related IP matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everyone I know at Wilson Sonsini is a consummate professional."  

"They consistently do exceptional work." 

Work highlights Acted for Plantronics as defendant against claims it monopolized the market for call center headsets, raising issues of exclusive dealing and distribution.  

Advised Trulia in its acquisition by Zillow for $3.5 billion.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Rosman enjoys a fine reputation in the criminal antitrust market, with a fine track record in the courtroom. He draws particular praise for his client-focused approach to matters.

Susan Creighton's broad antitrust practice encompasses merger clearance work as well as counseling and litigation, most notably for blue-chip technology clients. One client said: "She is a very sophisticated, strategic thinker and just has incredible judgment and wisdom - for antitrust issues she's definitely the go-to person I trust the most."

Commentators assert that Jonathan Jacobson is "really a great leader in the antitrust space," and a "very good trial lawyer." His antitrust practice focuses on complex litigation matters such as his recent representation of Netflix during the plaintiff's appeal of summary judgment relating to an alleged conspiracy of online DVD rental markets.

Scott Sher has "got a tremendous future" ahead of him in the antitrust space peers note, and highlight his "incredible skill" in technology-related matters. He was part of the team that represented Universal Surveillance Systems in its monopolization allegation against Checkpoint relating to EAS products.

Significant clients Micron, Google, Netgear, SolarCity, Glenmark Generics.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Remains notable for its breadth of litigation expertise in the antitrust field, and has been heavily involved in global cartel cases of late. Continues to develop its name in merger review matters and remains a go-to practice for sports-related antitrust work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've been super pleased with the performance and responsiveness of Winston."

"I thought they were very effective and responsive and that they added value." 

Work highlights Acted for Solyndra as plaintiff alleging a price conspiracy in the solar panel market against multiple solar companies in China.

Represented KeHE Distributors on the merger clearance required for its acquisition of Nature’s Best.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Victor is known as "one of the most respected criminal antitrust lawyers" in the market "because of the fantastic work he's done over the years and continues to do." His recent representations in the cartel space have included the lithium ion batteries and optical disk drive litigations, acting for Panasonic in both. 

Interviewees highlight Jeffrey Kessler as "a brilliant lawyer working on high-impact cases, particularly in antitrust litigation." He is notably active in the global cartel space but also remains a top name in the sports world.

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Discover Financial Services, Eaton, Monsanto, Panasonic.

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Joseph Alioto of Alioto Law Firm is extremely well known in the market for plaintiffs' work. Over four decades of experience means he is well versed in practically every major industry and type of antitrust case possible.

John Terzaken is head of the cartel practice at Allen & Overy LLP. He is routinely called upon by both domestic and international clients for all manner of antitrust-related litigation. Sources say: "He's extremely polished, smart and hard-working," and "has excellent awareness of the big picture."

Stephen Axinn of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP is consistently praised for his intellect and experience in the area, with one source asserting that he is "one of the smartest lawyers there is." He has over five decades' worth of expertise in antitrust and trade regulation matters.

At Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, John Harkrider is noted for his expertise in litigation, counseling and agency work, and is singled out by peers as "a great strategist with respect to antitrust."

James Rill of Baker Botts LLP is a preeminent name in the market, with vast experience across the full gamut of antitrust matters. He recently assisted in the representation of MOSAID Technologies in an alleged price-fixing conspiracy filed by Google, which involved issues of patent enforcement.

Douglas Tween of Baker & McKenzie is a respected trial attorney well versed in antitrust-related litigation including civil and criminal investigations. Clients reserve particular praise for his responsiveness and strategic thinking.

Jay Fastow of Ballard Spahr LLP is an "excellent lawyer" and has a "terrific reputation" among his peers. He has recently had several high-profile successes for plaintiff clients in major antitrust claims. In addition to his strengths in antitrust, he is noted for his expertise in consumer finance disputes.

The "very talented" Eric Cramer of Berger & Montague PC receives high praise from sources, with many highlighting his strength in pharmaceutical litigation on behalf of plaintiff clients.

Charles Rule is head of the antitrust group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. He maintains a high-profile transactional practice and is also highly regarded for his expertise in complex civil and criminal litigation. He recently led the representation of Deutsche Bank in class action suits alleging a price-fixing conspiracy in the market for precious metals.

Randolph Smith chairs the antitrust group at Crowell & Moring LLP and is regularly seen in complex M&A transactions. Sources single him out for his fine judgment and "good, practical guidance."

Eimer Stahl LLP's Nathan Eimer "understands the law very well and is a seasoned litigator" who is "smart on his feet and unflappable," note impressed sources. He continues to represent LG Electronics in the optical disk drive litigation.

Roberta Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, RPC is praised for being "a great trial lawyer, a very capable courtroom practitioner and just an exceptionally fine human being." She is recognized for her class action plaintiff work in particular.

Paul Yde of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is noted for his merger clearance practice and experience before government agencies. "He has among the most expert legal perspectives on US antitrust and is one of the most effective advisers and communicators that we have among our outside counsel," notes one highly impressed client. 

The "first-class" Irving Scher of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is well known as a "giant in the industry" and a "walking encyclopedia of antitrust, particularly in the pricing and distribution area." He calls upon over five decades' worth of experience on all manner of antitrust litigation and counseling.

"Exceptionally good lawyer" Barry McNeil of Haynes and Boone, LLP is noted for his significant white-collar cartel practice. He has recently been particularly active in the financial services arena.

William Kolasky of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is "a very knowledgeable antitrust lawyer" when it comes to civil and criminal litigation as well as M&A counseling. He recently advised Merck on the agency clearance required for its acquisition of Idenix Pharmaceuticals valued at $3.85 billion.

Peers note that Joseph Saveri of Joseph Saveri Law Firm enjoys a fine track record for his plaintiffs' work and is regarded as a "powerhouse" litigator in a wide variety of disputes including class actions.

Kaye Scholer LLP's Saul Morgenstern is described as "extremely knowledgeable and experienced," and is also valued by clients for his "very measured and thoughtful" approach to matters. He represented King Pharmaceuticals against claims it prevented generic competition by conspiring with codefendant Mutual Pharmaceuticals.

Jay Himes of Labaton Sucharow LLP is a recognized figure at the Plaintiffs Bar, and is praised by sources as "a tough opponent" when it comes to antitrust class actions and investigations. Recent work highlights include acting for direct purchaser classes in the air cargo and auto parts litigations.

Eric Fastiff of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is acclaimed for his work on behalf of plaintiffs and is singled out by sources for his increasing visibility in major antitrust litigation. 

Layne Kruse is head of Norton Rose Fulbright's US antitrust group. He is a well-respected figure in the market and comes recommended for his strengths in litigation.

Sources describe Laurence Popofsky of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a "legend of antitrust" and particularly highlight the strength of his civil litigation practice.

Stephen Neuwirth of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a broad litigation practice, encompassing both plaintiff and defendant work in the antitrust space. He also comes recommended for his expertise in sports law disputes.

Francis Scarpulla is a "very well-known player at the antitrust Bar" and garners widespread respect from opposing counsel. He recently left Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason to rejoin Scarpulla Law Firm.

Donald Klawiter of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is great at "fashioning responses to the most vexing cartel issues, and, where at all possible, resolving charges and suits with US authorities in imaginative and effective ways," one happy client comments. 

Stephen Susman of Susman Godfrey LLP continues to be considered by peers as an "icon" and "one of the top plaintiffs' lawyers" in the market, although he is also esteemed for his defense work.

Thompson & Knight LLP's Gregory Huffman is a "very well-respected" figure and is vastly experienced on a broad range of antitrust matters from M&A to criminal investigations.

Craig Seebald heads up the antitrust group at Vinson & Elkins LLP and maintains a broad antitrust practice, though he receives particular plaudits for his criminal work. Market commentators praise him for being "just an unflappable advocate and strategist for his client and extremely easy to work with."

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