USA

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 offices include Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Continues to be a well-regarded practice with an exceptional client list. Well versed in both transactional work and antitrust disputes, not least in civil litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An excellent firm doing great work." 

"The lawyers I've worked with are extremely bright, efficient and responsive."

Work highlights Acted for GE on its $4.3 billion purchase of Avio's aviation arm.

Represented Fujikura Ltd and Fujikura America in class action cases concerning alleged breaches of antitrust laws in the autoparts industry.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Gleklen is head of the firm's US antitrust practice group.

Significant clients AT&T, Visa, Boston Scientific, Philip Morris USA, BP.

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

What the team is known for Solid antitrust practitioners stationed across the country. Particularly proficient in antitrust litigation and investigations across a wide range of industries, including technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A high-quality firm with high-quality people."

"They are proactive in thinking about the client's needs and they are down-to-earth and easy to work with."

Work highlights Represented Morgan Stanley in a number of class action disputes alleging breaches of antitrust laws relating to a financial swap transaction.

Acted for Intel on a consolidated class action relating to the marketing and sale of microprocessors.

Notable practitioners  

The group is chaired by Leiv Blad in Washington, and Frank Hinman in San Francisco.

Significant clients SanDisk, Qualcomm, Sharp, HJ Heinz, Nissan North America.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Undertakes representation for plaintiffs in some of the leading antitrust cases in the USA, led by the inimitable Maxwell Blecher. Acts on trial and appellate court matters across the country.

Strengths
"A well-known, well-regarded plaintiffs' firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Sources heap praise on LA-based Maxwell Blecher, calling him "one of the top antitrust lawyers in the state, if not the nation" for his plaintiffs' practice, which sees him involved in a range of antitrust class actions. He has almost six decades' experience in the area.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its prowess in both plaintiff and defense work in a wide range of antitrust litigation. Represents classes and opt-out plaintiffs as well as defending clients in civil and criminal investigations and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They love to try cases and are totally committed to their clients."

Work highlights Acted for Delta Air Lines on gaining clearance of its merger with Northwest Airlines.

Represented a number of opt-out plaintiff companies in cases relating to alleged price-fixing in the LCD screens market.

Notable practitioners  

David Boies is a leading all-around commercial litigator, including decades of experience in antitrust cases. He is described as "an icon in the industry" by sources.

Donald Flexner is described as an "extremely effective," "top antitrust litigator" noted for his technical skills in the area. He represented Delta Air Lines in defense of an investigation brought by the DOJ challenging Delta's acquisition of Northwest Airlines.

Significant clients Barclays, American Express.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for An antitrust titan at the nationwide level, able to undertake matters in all corners of the US from its nerve center in Washington, DC. Possesses experienced and savvy practitioners of the highest order. Maintains a fine reputation in litigation and transactional work and an excellent track record in matters before government agencies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They build great networks with clients, are very smart and hard-working and do it in a way that inspires trust and confidence."

"A wonderful law firm with a stellar antitrust practice."

Work highlights Acted for Travelocity on the online travel booking multidistrict litigation alleging anticompetitive conduct by several major accommodation providers.  

Represented Google in the merger clearance aspects of its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Notable practitioners  

George Cary is noted by sources for his remarkable litigation talent, with commentators holding him "in the highest imaginable regard." He has undertaken top-level work in merger clearance and civil litigation matters across a career that spans nearly four decades, including representing Travelocity in the hotels online booking antitrust case.

Mark Leddy is praised for his "great connections with the government" and is considered a "superstar" in his field. He is highly experienced and knowledgeable across the gamut of antitrust work.

Jeremy Calsyn continues to develop a fine reputation in the cartel arena and is described as "very smart and a great writer who works well with others." He recently acted as part of the team advising certain Japanese clients on plea agreements in the autoparts criminal investigation.

Significant clients Dollar Thrifty, Sabre, W.L. Gore & Associates, Western Digital, IMS.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is San Francisco.

What the team is known for Go-to firm for plaintiffs' class action work by peers within the market. Regularly seen in major litigation in a wide range of industries.

Strengths
"They're very strong." 

Work highlights Acted as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs' class in the freight-forwarding antitrust litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Cotchett is a "very, very formidable" litigator who undertakes antitrust as part of his docket. He has represented plaintiffs in a wide variety of litigation over his five-decade career.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well regarded for its antitrust abilities, with sources particularly highlighting its trial expertise. Noted for its strong merger enforcement work as well as its agency experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Covington has a sterling nationwide reputation." 

"They're extraordinarily responsive and their advice is very practical."

Work highlights Acted for Citibank as a defendant in the Libor-based financial instruments antitrust litigation alleging manipulation of the Libor rate.

Represented Pixar in the hi-tech employees antitrust suit in California.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Barnett is described as a "great antitrust counselor" noted for his "intellectual firepower." Lately, he acted for Expedia as a defendant on the online travel companies hotel booking litigation.

Deborah Garza is an "excellent" and "really smart" antitrust lawyer who cochairs the firm's practice group. She has a broad antitrust practice, including recently acting for Pixar on a suit concerning alleged anticompetitive practices among certain technology companies.

Significant clients Facebook, Microsoft, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Samsung, AstraZeneca.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Undertakes a wide range of antitrust matters, from transactions to litigation to investigations. Regularly seen in matters throughout the US and maintains a fine track record in antitrust issues affecting the financial services, transport, chemicals, consumer goods and entertainment spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a go-to firm for any antitrust work." 

"Their performance in court is excellent." 

Work highlights Represented DuPont in two class action cases alleging price-fixing among manufacturers of titanium dioxide.

Represented Grupo Modelo in its recent acquisition by Anheuser Busch InBev, a deal worth $20.1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Evan Chesler is "just a great antitrust lawyer," according to sources, and comes particularly recommended for his abilities in the courtroom. He has nearly 40 years' experience in litigating antitrust cases and has acted for American Express on a number of recent matters.

Significant clients Delta Air Lines, IBM, Life Technologies, Qualcomm, Unilever.  

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

What the team is known for High-quality firm with significant hubs on both coasts, capable of undertaking the full range of antitrust work. Excels in domestic and international transactions, and also comes recommended for its expertise in criminal investigations and government enforcement actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I am convinced they have some of the finest lawyers in the country from partner down to associate level. They possess the combination of relevant experience, sheer brilliance and hard work."

"They're really proactive, with great attention to detail. They think of smart ways of approaching the matter."

Work highlights Acted for Bank of America in the lawsuits arising from investigations into the Libor interbank rate.

Represented HJ Heinz in its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital for $28 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Michael Sohn is one of the most experienced antitrust lawyers in the US, with over 50 years in the field. He recently assisted with representing Warner Chilcott in its $8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis.

Ronan Harty is a "superb merger lawyer," with sources lauding him as someone who "knows antitrust laws inside and out." His major recent cases include acting for HJ Heinz on its buyout by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital in a deal worth $28 billion.

Arthur Burke practices on both the East and West Coasts and is described variously as "phenomenal" and "outstanding" by sources. He has a wide-ranging antitrust practice, including representing Bank of America in various Libor litigation matters.

Arthur Golden is a seasoned lawyer noted for his prowess in litigation and transactions. Sources call him a "consummate high-level adviser and strategist." He was part of the team on Maidenform Brand's acquisition by Hanesbrands for $575 million.

Christopher Hockett is "the whole package" as an antitrust lawyer, with one peer calling him "a dynamite lawyer." He represents clients in a wide range of antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Comcast, LG Electronics, NBCUniversal, VF Corporation.

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

What the team is known for Trusted by clients with some of the most significant litigation and most complex deals in the antitrust world. Highly adept in the technology, transportation and life sciences arenas, enjoying a fine reputation for its merger counseling and enforcement work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a combination of good legal sense, judgment and real understanding of our business."

"They are very responsive, knowledgeable about the law and very savvy in the courtroom."

Work highlights Acted for OfficeMax on its merger with Office Depot and the subsequent FTC investigation into the transaction.

Represented US Airways in its merger with American Airlines. The DOJ settled with the parties in November 2013, allowing completion of the deal.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Denis draws praise for his ability to "give practical advice you can actually act on." He is regularly sighted in major deals, including acting as co-counsel for US Airways on the antitrust investigation into its merger with American Airlines.

Significant clients CVS Caremark, Travelport, Dean Foods, Actelion.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Illinois-based firm which acts for clients in class action litigation, with a focus on representing plaintiffs. Has been involved in some of the most significant litigation of the past 40 years.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Freed "has a lot of credibility in front of judges," according to sources, who also consider him "the dean of the plaintiffs' antitrust Bar" in Illinois. He has extensive experience acting for classes in major nationwide cases.

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

What the team is known for Leading litigation group with stellar expertise in cartel defense as well as plentiful experience in, among other things, civil class actions and agency representations. Key areas of industry strength include financial services, transport, technology and manufacturing. Broad capability across the US, with offices in many of the key centers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their criminal cartel work is among the best in the world."

"Gibson Dunn has a great national practice." 

What's new? Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Antitrust Division, Scott Hammond, joined the firm in January 2014.

Work highlights Defended BNSF Railway in the defense of the fuel surcharge antitrust class action litigation.

Acted for Schlumberger in its joint venture with Cameron International concerning subsea oil and gas.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Spratling is a "world-class criminal antitrust lawyer," according to sources. He is recognized as the master of cartel leniency representation and his recent work includes acting for UBS on the various Libor litigation matters.

Robert Cooper remains "a major force in California antitrust," according to sources, who point to his 50 years' experience in the area. One peer calls him "the dean of antitrust trial lawyers."

Joseph Kattan is noted by sources as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "really smart." He is a highly experienced figure in the antitrust field with a wide-ranging practice. He represented Sony Music in class action cases alleging anticompetitive conduct in the digital music industry.

Joel Sanders is one of the leading antitrust lawyers in California and is described by sources as "terrific to work with." His recent matters include representing UBS in litigation arising from the Libor investigation.

Daniel Swanson is a "really talented" antitrust practitioner, who commentators credit as "really smart and very responsive." He maintains a busy litigation practice, including leading the representation of Apple in the e-books antitrust case brought by the DOJ.

Jarrett Arp is regarded as a "very fine lawyer," in particular for his work in the cartel arena. He has been an active participant in the firm's representation of UBS in Libor-related litigation.

Significant clients Apple, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Hewlett-Packard, Aetna, International Paint.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Consistently acts for plaintiffs in class action cases and often leads recovery for victims in criminal cartel cases. Rated by sources as a leading name in this area.

Work highlights Acted as co-lead counsel for the plaintiff class in the air cargo antitrust case.

Represented direct purchasers in the vitamin C antitrust litigation against certain Chinese pharmaceutical companies.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hausfeld has a broad civil litigation practice which includes antitrust and is described as "an innovator" and a "master strategist" who "excels in thinking outside the box." 

Basic facts about the department
Key offices is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Destination practice for antitrust litigation and merger work, with sources commenting on the capabilities of its strong bench. Maintains an excellent international network for competition matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Clearly a serious national player." 

"Excellent client service – they're very responsive to enquiries."

Work highlights Represented Tumblr in its sale to Yahoo! for $1.1 billion.

Advised Travelocity Global on the antitrust aspects of a marketing arrangement with Expedia.

Notable practitioners  

Janet McDavid is a "fabulous" and "very well-liked and respected antitrust counselor," according to sources. She has four decades' experience in the area, and mainly focuses on litigation and investigations.

Megan Dixon is described as an "outstanding" criminal antitrust lawyer. She regularly acts on investigations across a range of industries.

Significant clients General Dynamics, IBM, Illinois Tool Works, Verizon, Daimler Trucks North America.

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

What the team is known for Possesses almost unparalleled nationwide scope and a raft of high-quality antitrust practitioners at senior and junior levels, including some of the leading names in the area. Represents clients in the full range of antitrust matters, and excels in all manner of civil and criminal litigation, government investigation work and antitrust issues concerning major transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've got a really talented team."

"They're very client-centric and focused on delivering value to the client."

Work highlights Represented American Airlines in the DOJ challenge and subsequent settlement in American's $11 billion merger with US Airways.

Acted for Gavilon Holdings on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition by Marubeni for $2.7 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Joe Sims is an "incredibly special" antitrust lawyer who is "an icon" in the industry, sources report. He has a wealth of experience in the area and continues to represent clients in a variety of antitrust matters, including recently acting for American Airlines on its challenged merger with US Airways.

Phillip Proger is a highly experienced and well-respected figure at the firm, with sources highlighting the quality of his work product. He has expertise across antitrust, including cartel investigations, class action litigation and merger clearances.

The "just outstanding" Kathryn Fenton represents clients in a variety of merger clearance work and litigation in the antitrust arena. Of late, she was part of the team representing Tokyo Electron in its proposed $29 billion combination with Applied Materials.

Significant clients Adobe Systems, Cooper Tyre & Rubber, Deutsche Bank, Hertz, Liberty Global.

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

What the team is known for Strong heritage of criminal cartel-related work and a roster of attorneys experienced in that field. Often seen in some of the major ongoing government investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very responsive, thorough and accurate." 

"King & Spalding have performed exceptionally well."

Work highlights Represented a client in the Libor investigation.

Acted for InterContinental Hotels Group in the online travel company hotel booking litigation.

Notable practitioners  

James Griffin is an experienced and highly regarded antitrust cartel specialist. He has an extensive background in private practice and at the DOJ.

The "excellent" Jeffrey Cashdan is one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Atlanta, with sources commenting on his knowledge of the area. He recently represented InterContinental Hotels Group in the online travel company hotel booking litigation.

"Great lawyer" Grace Rodriguez undertakes a range of litigation matters, including government investigations and cartel work.

Significant clients Bank of America, Hanesbrands, Rock-Tenn, PwC, Sprint Nextel.

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

What the team is known for Features a strong transactional antitrust capability but also undertakes a range of litigation matters. Has expertise in a number of areas including energy, hi-tech and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a tremendous Hart-Scott-Rodino team – some of the best in the business for that."

"They're in the very top echelon in responsiveness and client service."

Work highlights Acted for Leap Wireless International on its proposed acquisition by AT&T for $1.2 billion.

Worked with 3G Capital Partners in its joint acquisition with Berkshire Hathaway of HJ Heinz for $28 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Of counsel Timothy Muris is an "incredibly knowledgeable guy on antitrust," according to sources. He has spent 40 years working in the area and is praised for his superb understanding of transactional antitrust.

The "expert" James Mutchnik is highly regarded as a practitioner in criminal cartel matters and related antitrust litigation. His recent work includes acting for EVA Airways in the air cargo antitrust class action lawsuits.

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

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

What the team is known for Known for its national and international platform, with strong practices on both coasts. Has a balanced antitrust group, with plentiful expertise in mergers, investigations and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A fantastic team of bright, enthusiastic and approachable lawyers."

"Top-notch in their subject matter expertise." 

Work highlights Acted for Singapore Airlines on the investigation into the air cargo industry and subsequent litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Wall combines a "deep analytical understanding of the antitrust laws with a deep strategic litigation sense," according to sources, who peg him as one of the leading lawyers in California. He recently acted for Union Pacific Railroad on the fuel surcharge antitrust litigation.

Peggy Zwisler has nearly four decades' experience in antitrust litigation and is considered by commentators to be a "very insightful, aggressive and nuanced" practitioner and "an absolute expert in the field."

Niall Lynch is a "very intelligent and very personable" lawyer, whom sources note as a strong cartel and white-collar practitioner. He is able to draw on a wealth of experience as a former DOJ prosecutor.

Significant clients Apple, Live Nation Entertainment, Oracle, SanDisk, Sumitomo Electric Industries.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is San Francisco.

What the team is known for Recognized name in California litigation. Acts for plaintiff clients and classes on a variety of antitrust investigations and litigations. 

Work highlights Acted as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs' class in the hi-tech employees antitrust litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Fastiff is the head of the firm's antitrust practice group.

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

What the team is known for Solid antitrust group that possesses a wide litigation capability. Able to undertake civil litigation as well as criminal cartel cases across a variety of industries. Enjoys a fine reputation for class action work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We were impressed by their professional, hands-on approach." 

"Their attorneys were very knowledgeable and intelligent."

Work highlights Represented HSBC Bank in a putative class action alleging anticompetitive conduct in credit default swaps.

Acted for Starwood Hotels as a defendant in the class action cases relating to the online booking of hotel rooms.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Marovitz is a "reliable, knowledgeable and experienced" attorney who impresses sources with his "outstanding litigation and negotiation skills." He is often seen in major litigation, including representing BASF in the urethane price-fixing jury trial.

Richard Favretto is an experienced hand at antitrust, with a practice encompassing a variety of work, including criminal cartel matters. "There is no substitute for the savvy he brings to the table," notes one impressed source. 

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Blue Shield of California, The Mosaic Company, Nestlé, United Airlines.

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

What the team is known for Has a good nationwide presence with strong litigation capabilities as well as transactional expertise. Noted in particular for its experience and proficiency in life sciences and pharmaceutical matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very sophisticated, very careful and very thorough." 

"They've done excellent work – it's been high-quality. They not only know the regulations, they know the regulators as well."

Work highlights Represented Amgen in its acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth $10.4 billion.

Acted for Mars on litigation alleging price-fixing in the chocolate industry.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Winterscheid continues to act as head of the global antitrust group.

Significant clients 1+1 Internet, American Gypsum Company, Henry Ford Health System, Lockheed Martin, Target.

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

What the team is known for Budding antitrust group with good nationwide capabilities. Busy undertaking the full range of antitrust work, including litigation and mergers, and also has strength in cartel matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very diligent with their research and were able to explain the complex issues in simple terms."

"They have an excellent team." 

Work highlights Represented Pinnacle Entertainment in gaining antitrust clearance of its $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.

Acted for Elpida Memory on its sale to Micron Technology for $2.5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Roxann Henry is a "highly effective lawyer with highly honed judgment and skill," according to commentators. She is noted for her proficiency in criminal antitrust matters, with one source saying: "If I had a cartel case, Roxann would be high on my list."

Significant clients Arbitron, Intel, SoftBank, DocMagic, JPMorgan Chase.

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

What the team is known for Skillful litigation practice, fronted by leading practitioner Rich Parker. Undertakes civil and criminal antitrust work for a variety of blue-chip clients. Much noted for its fine international cartel practice.

Work highlights Represented US Airways as co-counsel in the challenge and eventual settlement by the DOJ of US's merger with American Airlines.

Acted for SK Hynix on the settlement of antitrust and patent litigation with Rambus.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Parker is regularly sighted in some of the most significant litigation, including representing US Airways in the recent settlement with the DOJ over its merger with American Airlines.

Michael Tubach is an expert in white-collar litigation and antitrust and often represents clients in cases involving a combination of both areas, such as criminal cartel matters.

Significant clients AMD, Honeywell International, Impax Laboratories, Marriott International, Samsung.

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

What the team is known for Renowned litigation specialist with decades of experience in antitrust cases. Regularly acts for clients on a number of nationwide and international suits and investigations. The technology and financial services sectors represent areas of particular strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A terrific antitrust litigation group." 

"You get the best and brightest, the best judgment and experience – that's Paul Weiss."

Work highlights Acted for The Nielsen Company on a case brought by Sunbeam Television alleging monopolization.

Represented Fidelity National Financial in its joint purchase of Lending Processing Services with Thomas H Lee Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Gallo, Joseph Simons and Aidan Synnott cochair the antitrust group at the firm.

Significant clients Encana, MasterCard, News Corporation, Pfizer, Sharp.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Often seen in major class action litigation representing classes and opt-out clients on the plaintiff side across the US.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 

"An excellent up-and-coming firm."  

Work highlights Acted as co-counsel for a class of plaintiffs on the credit default swaps antitrust litigation.

Notable practitioners

Sources consider Bruce Simon "a real leader of the plaintiffs' Bar." He has represented clients in a number of major suits, including the lithium ion batteries class action.

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

What the team is known for Highly rated antitrust group primarily focusing on the representation of plaintiffs in class action litigation, although it also maintains a fine reputation for its work on behalf of defendants.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're one of the leading plaintiff-side antitrust firms – they're in all the big cases."

"The firm has a very good reputation – it has exceptional lawyers."

Notable practitioners  

Hollis Salzman is described as an "exceptional lawyer" who is "an extremely good writer and analytical thinker." One source says: "She's really come up as one of the preeminent members of the plaintiffs' Bar."

Craig Wildfang is a "brilliant litigator" on the plaintiff side who "really can analyze at a very high level." He comes particularly recommended for his expertise in financial services matters.

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Highly capable antitrust team with nationwide scope and proficiency in the full spectrum of competition disputes. Particularly known for its strength in litigation matters, including class actions and agency representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A fine firm nationally." 

"I've been very impressed with them – they're very bright and very responsive."

Work highlights Represented Macmillan Publishing in the e-books antitrust litigation brought by the DOJ.

Acted for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group as a defendant in the online hotel booking antitrust class actions.

Notable practitioners  

John Treece is an "extremely good" and "very bright" antitrust litigator whom sources describe as a "fierce competitor." He has some 35 years' experience in the field, and is also cochair of Sidley's antitrust practice.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, Citigroup, CSX Transportation, Quest Diagnostics, St Luke's Health System.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Strong practice based primarily in New York, although possesses a developing Washington, DC office. Acts for a host of household names in a range of major transactions and antitrust litigation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A big player." 

"Simpson Thacher have been really impressive." 

Work highlights Represented Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Blackstone Group in a putative class action suit alleging price-fixing in the leveraged buyouts market.

Acted for Office Depot on the merger review into its significant acquisition of OfficeMax for $1.2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Arquit "has been a legend for many, many years," according to sources, who highlight his outstanding manner with clients and knowledge of the antitrust agencies. 

Significant clients Emerson Electric, Ericsson, JPMorgan Chase, Silver Lake Partners, Viacom.

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

What the team is known for Major force in the antitrust world, featuring outstanding expertise and experience in the gamut of matters. Its merger clearance practice, in particular, is regularly involved in some of the biggest deals around. Represents a fine choice of counsel for clients in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, sports and transport spaces, among others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I use Skadden as a firm that can get the really difficult deals done."

Work highlights Represented HarperCollins Publishers in its settlement of the e-books antitrust matter with the DOJ.

Notable practitioners

Steven Sunshine is "very highly regarded for his deal work," say sources, who note that he is "extraordinarily articulate" and "has the gravitas to pull things off." He has led on a variety of recent deals and litigation, including for Nokia on its sale of the devices side of its business to Microsoft for $7.1 billion.

Clifford Aronson is an extremely skillful lawyer whom sources call a "five-tool player," in part due to his "deep experience" in antitrust matters. He recently represented HarperCollins Publishers in the suit brought by the DOJ concerning the e-books industry, which was eventually settled.

John Nannes is described as a "superb lawyer's lawyer" who is "really, really smart" and impresses sources with his oral arguments. He is vastly experienced, with over 40 years in the field, and undertakes litigation and merger clearance work.

Shepard Goldfein is a noted player at the antitrust Bar with exceptional knowledge of the area, in addition to his highly regarded sports practice. Says one client, "I trust what he says deeply." Goldfein acted for the NHL on the negotiation of its new collective bargaining agreement.

Significant clients Sprint Nextel, Disney, National Hockey League, JPMorgan Chase.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Remains notable for its expertise in financial services matters, with its main antitrust office in New York ideally located for such work. Also acts on a wide variety of other competition work, including important merger clearance and transactional matters, across a wide variety of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very capable technically, with a depth of resources and a team that is easy to deal with."

"A terrific firm with a very strong antitrust department."

Work highlights Represented IntercontinentalExchange in its proposed acquisition of NYSE Euronext, a deal worth $8.2 billion.

Acted for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in an investigation into the setting of the Libor interbank rate.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Yvonne Quinn is "well regarded in financial services" and very experienced generally, with over 35 years in the area. She has been active on a number of recent transactions, including acting for Valeant Pharmaceuticals on its purchase of Medicis Pharmaceutical for some $2.6 billion.

Significant clients Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, AkzoNobel, British Airways, Barclays.

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Nationally renowned for its abilities in merger and acquisition work. Possesses a fine team of experienced attorneys able to undertake the antitrust aspects of even the largest and most complex deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A premier merger firm – they are that good." 

Work highlights Acted for Michael Dell who, alongside Silver Lake Partners, purchased Dell for $24.4 billion.

Represented Copano Energy in its sale to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners for around $5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Ilene Knable Gotts is a "terrific lawyer" and "star in the antitrust Bar," according to commentators. Her resume includes a plethora of huge deals, including Publicis Groupe's $35.1 billion combination with Omnicom Group.

The vastly experienced Michael Byowitz is highly rated by sources for his transactional-based antitrust practice, with one peer noting him as "one of the best antitrust lawyers I know."

Significant clients Iron Company, BGC Partners, McGraw-Hill, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.

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

What the team is known for Praised by sources for the strength of its transactional antitrust offering, as well as its abilities in interacting with the federal agencies. Retains an impressive client list, featuring a number of major global corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the depth to provide the high-level antitrust advice we need."

"It goes without saying that their analysis is strong."

Work highlights Acted for Kinder Morgan on its acquisition of Copano Energy for $5 billion.

Advised Health Management Associates on the antitrust aspects of its sale to Community Health Systems. The deal was worth around $7.6 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Newborn "has a high level of expertise," with sources saying he is a "go-to guy for antitrust matters." He is highly experienced in the area, acting on all manner of antitrust disputes, including for Applied Materials on its $29 billion merger with Tokyo Electron.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Hilton Worldwide, Providence Equity Partners, Panasonic, Staples.  

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

What the team is known for Represents clients in a wide variety of antitrust matters, with across-the-board capability in litigation, cartel investigations and transactional work. Continues to excel in matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're responsive and thorough and they've always delivered."

"Their quality is very high – they're very organized."

Work highlights Successfully represented Toshiba in an opt-out jury trial brought by Best Buy alleging price-fixing of LCD screens.

Acted for Warner Chilcott on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Gidley chairs the firm's antitrust practice.

Significant clients Grupo Bimbo, Mexichem, Novartis, Pfizer, Time Warner Cable.

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

What the team is known for Formidable firm in cartel and criminal investigation matters, with decades of experience in that area. Maintains a broad antitrust practice and is capable of defending clients in all manner of antitrust disputes, including the energy and pharmaceuticals spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"WilmerHale has some very strong antitrust lawyers." 

"A very well-rounded and exceptional practice." 

Work highlights Acted for Cephalon on various litigation matters brought by the FTC and classes of purchasers concerning the drug Provigil.

Represented International Paper in its acquisition of Temple-Inland for $750 million.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Mueller is a "formidable" antitrust practitioner who is "extremely good with clients," say sources, who also comment on his knowledge and experience. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in criminal antitrust.

Steven Cherry concentrates on criminal antitrust matters and is known as an "extremely good lawyer" who is a "serious player in the cartel world." He represented DENSO in the DOJ cartel investigation into the autoparts industry.

Significant clients BAE Systems, Chesapeake, Intel, Philips, The Boston Consulting Group.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded antitrust litigation shop which continues to excel in the technology and intellectual property area. Represents clients across the spectrum of agency investigations as well as private and class action litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A fantastic team of experts in their fields, providing top-notch service."

"They were great at communication and amenable to our needs."

Work highlights Represented Mylan Pharmaceuticals in a case brought against Warner Chilcott alleging delay in the generic marketing of the drug Doryx.

Acted for Bazaarvoice on the defense of a suit brought by the DOJ concerning Bazaarvoice's acquisition of PowerReviews.

Notable practitioners  

Sources call Susan Creighton an "incredibly persuasive writer" and "a strategic genius." She has an outstanding antitrust practice based around technology, and recently acted for InterDigital on an ITC case brought against a number of cellphone manufacturers, alleging infringement of InterDigital's patent.

Jonathan Jacobson is a "fantastic" attorney who "has a unique grasp of the law and is a great person to work with." He is noted as a leading litigator, and of late acted for Google in a counterclaim brought by MyTriggers alleging antitrust violations.

Mark Rosman is highly thought of for his cartel practice, with sources calling him "a hard-working, talented criminal attorney." He is currently representing a number of parties in the multinational autoparts investigations.

Significant clients Clear Channel, HTC, LinkedIn, NVIDIA, Netgear.

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

What the team is known for Predominantly focuses on antitrust litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation. Its wide-ranging expertise includes deep knowledge in areas such as criminal cartel matters and sports-related antitrust.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Client service is top-notch. They're really in it for the long haul. They want to make sure you're satisfied on every matter you work on with them."

"They communicate very well, very fast and are always available."

Work highlights Represented a number of parties including Panasonic and NEC in antitrust litigation relating to an alleged conspiracy to fix prices of lithium ion batteries.

Acted for Goldman Sachs on litigation alleging anticompetitive conduct in the credit default swaps market.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kessler is "a force to be reckoned with" in antitrust, note sources highly impressed with his "terrific practice." He heads the firm's practice group in the area. In addition to antitrust, he is a preeminent sports practitioner.

Paul Victor is one of the most experienced cartel practitioners in the US, with over 50 years in the area. Sources describe him as "one of the deans of the antitrust Bar." He recently represented NTN Corporation in putative class actions relating to industrial bearings.

Significant clients Monsanto, Discover Financial Services, Nippon Seiki and New Sabina Industries, Cisco Systems, Verizon Communications.

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Joseph Alioto of Alioto Law Firm is a highly experienced plaintiffs' lawyer who regularly undertakes major antitrust class action suits. Sources call him "a great lawyer" and very much "a serious player" in the market.

John Terzaken is a "spectacular" young partner at Allen & Overy LLP, who peers say is "going to be a superstar in cartel work." Of late, he represented BNP Paribas in defense of class action litigation relating to the credit default swaps market.

Stephen Axinn of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP is noted for his skills and experience as a litigator. Antitrust litigation and counseling form a major part of his practice.

John Harkrider of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP has "very impressive advocacy skills and analytical rigor," according to commentators. He recently represented Thermo Fisher Scientific in its acquisition of Life Technologies for $13.6 billion.

James Rill of Baker Botts LLP is "an icon" and an attorney who one peer describes as "one of the best antitrust lawyers I've ever met." He is vastly experienced, with some 55 years in the industry.

Douglas Tween of Baker & McKenzie is an "impressive" antitrust litigator who is "very good on cartels," according to peers. His practice is primarily based around criminal investigations.

The "exceptional" Rick Rule of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is "truly a pleasure to work with," according to clients. His recent work includes representing US Airways in the antitrust investigation into its major combination with American Airlines.

Randy Smith of Crowell & Moring LLP is noted as a "great lawyer" who "consistently provides excellent advice and service." He is recognized foremost for his abilities in transactional matters.

The excellent Nathan Eimer of Eimer Stahl LLP is a "fabulous" lawyer and a "great advocate" who represents clients in a range of antitrust litigation.

The "incredible" Roberta Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, RPC is a "wonderful, talented attorney" who is highly experienced in representing plaintiffs in antitrust suits. She recently acted for the class of plaintiffs in the urethanes antitrust litigation.

Sources "think highly of" Paul Yde of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for his "ability to present even the most complex facts in digestible formats," and for his knowledge of federal agencies. His practice is largely based around the antitrust aspects of transactions.

Irving Scher of Greenberg Traurig, LLP remains a "go-to" for clients, with sources rating him as "amazing" and "outstanding." He remains an active counselor on a range of antitrust matters.

Barry McNeil of Haynes and Boone, LLP is an "excellent" lawyer who is "very strong, particularly in criminal" antitrust matters. He is highly experienced, with 45 years' working in private practice and government agency roles.

Sources have "tremendous respect" for William Kolasky of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, calling him a "terrific lawyer." He is a new addition at the firm, having joined from WilmerHale in August 2013.

Joseph Saveri of Joseph Saveri Law Firm is noted for his skills in plaintiffs' class action litigation. He has over 25 years of disputes experience and handles matters in a wide variety of sectors, including financial services, energy, pharmaceuticals and transport.

Sources think highly of Jay Himes of Labaton Sucharow LLP, in particular his abilities and experience in plaintiffs' class action matters. He is described as "one of the finest plaintiffs' lawyers in New York."

Layne Kruse of Norton Rose Fulbright (Fulbright & Jaworski LLP) possesses an excellent reputation in antitrust, according to commentators. He represented ABX Logistics as a defendant in the freight-forwarding antitrust class action.

Senior counsel Laurence Popofsky of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a "really dynamic," "huge name" in antitrust. He is described by a peer as "one of the most famous, active minds in antitrust."

Stephen Neuwirth of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is recognized as a "leading light" for his plaintiffs' work, with sources commenting: "He's smart, works hard and digs in." Of late, he was co-lead counsel for the plaintiff class in the rail freight fuel surcharge antitrust suit.

Donald Klawiter of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has notable expertise in criminal antitrust matters. He has nearly 40 years' experience in the area.

Stephen Susman of Susman Godfrey LLP is praised for his "incredible contributions over his career" to the world of antitrust. He regularly acts for plaintiffs on a range of matters, including antitrust.

Gregory Huffman of Thompson & Knight LLP impresses sources with his knowledge of antitrust and abilities in the area, describing him as an "incredible talent." He has over 40 years' experience in the field.

Craig Seebald of Vinson & Elkins LLP is highly regarded for his criminal cartel litigation work, with sources calling him a "smart, good guy who is easy to work with." He acted for Maxell on a criminal investigation and associated civil litigation connected to the lithium ion battery industry.

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