Antitrust - Pennsylvania
THE FIRM This firm is highly regarded for its deep bench and broad antitrust practice. The group has expertise across a range of industries including life sciences, commodities and the food and beverage sector. Recent work highlights include successful representation of Whole Foods in a class certification matter, and continued victories defending high-profile client Dean Foods. Clients are particularly impressed with the high standard of service offered by the team.
Sources say: "The best antitrust practice I have seen - proactive, flexible, cost-effective and they're doing discovery in cutting-edge ways."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients laud standout performer Joseph Tate as a "strong negotiator" who "will go to the ends of the earth for his client." He recently represented FMC Corporation in litigation regarding alleged price-fixing in the hydrogen peroxide industry.
Litigator Stephen Brown is described by commentators as "very active" and "an excellent lawyer." He has recently continued his representation of Commercial Metals in direct and indirect purchaser antitrust actions.
Pharmaceuticals expert George Gordon is cochair of the firm's life sciences industry group and antitrust/competition group. Clients find him to be "very knowledgeable and professional." Recent highlights include leading litigation for Anaheim Manufacturing in an antitrust and unfair competition matter.
Christine Levin has a broad practice with particular emphasis on civil and criminal litigation across a wide range of industries. She recently successfully defended Whole Foods in a class certification action brought by Kottaras.
The deeply experienced Stephen Stack is adept at handling a wide variety of antitrust issues and regularly advises clients in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Carolyn Hazard has been involved in multiple matters defending Dean Foods including a putative class action brought by supermarket chain Food Lion.
THE FIRM This boutique is held in high regard in Pennsylvania, particularly for its representation of plaintiffs in significant antitrust litigations. The firm continues to have a strong presence in antitrust matters within the pharmaceutical industry. For example, recent highlights include the representation of Louisiana Wholesale Drug in relation to high-profile litigation surrounding the drug K-Dur. The firm also continues to act on behalf of a proposed class in a complex antitrust case against Visa and MasterCard.
Sources say: "Outstanding lawyers who have gotten fantastic results."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Laddie Montague is favorably described as "a bright guy, a real gentleman and a very, very good lawyer." Notable transactions include representing a proposed class of plaintiffs in an action brought against Visa and MasterCard in relation to alleged price-fixing of the interchange fee.
Eric Cramer recently represented Rochester Drug Co-Operative in an alleged monopolization action against hypodermic product manufacturer and seller Becton, Dickinson & Company. Sources say he is "an effective antitrust lawyer and litigator with a good deal of integrity."
Merrill Davidoff recently led the team representing a class of plaintiffs in an action brought against American Express alleging multiple antitrust violations including inflation of foreign transaction fees.
David Sorensen counseled Louisiana Wholesale Drug, purchasers of the drug K-Dur, in a high-profile 'pay for delay' deal. Sources describe him as a "fantastic lawyer, incredibly fierce."
THE FIRM This full-service firm has an impressive antitrust practice and offers its services across an array of matters including compliance, M&A counseling and both civil and criminal litigation. Notable recent highlights include acting as co-counsel in the defense of LM Ericsson. The group actively represents organizations spanning numerous sectors ranging from healthcare to pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.
Sources say: "Outstanding. They're very practical, very knowledgeable about the law and very knowledgeable about our business."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Favorably described as "the perfect business lawyer," Steven Bizar is praised by clients for his "great intellectual firepower." He is identified by sources as a genuine go-to practitioner for sophisticated business antitrust issues.
Howard Scher is described as "courteous and professional" with "great intelligence and toughness." Notable transactions this year include defending a price-fixing claim brought against chemical manufacturer Arkema.
The "extremely practical and very knowledgeable" Wendelynne Newton was instrumental in reaching a settlement in a lawsuit brought against client West Penn Multi-List. Clients praise her deep understanding of their issues.
THE FIRM This boutique antitrust firm continues to focus on complex litigation, with an emphasis on the representation of plaintiffs in class action disputes. The group also houses expertise in white-collar antitrust matters. The firm has recently been handling significant class actions surrounding the chemical products industry and involving major organizations in that field. The team is also able to represent defendants in the full range of antitrust issues.
Sources say: "An excellent firm and excellent lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very insightful" Roberta Liebenberg is regularly lauded as one of the leading antitrust practitioners in the state. She concentrates her practice on class action and commercial litigation and is widely recognized for her expertise in handling complex antitrust matters.
Gerard Dever is identified by commentators as a "very talented lawyer, very smart and very capable." He regularly litigates cases in both state and federal court and handles civil and criminal antitrust violations.
"An excellent lawyer and an honorable practitioner," Allen Black has extensive experience in litigating complex class action disputes. Peers recognize him as "the top scholar in antitrust law."
THE FIRM This full-service firm has a robust antitrust practice with a particular specialty in antitrust matters relating to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Recent highlights include the successful representation of West Penn Allegheny Health System in a sophisticated competition antitrust dispute. The team has also acted for high-profile client GlaxoSmithKline in a class action revolving around pay-for-delay issues raised in the controversial K-Dur decision.
Sources say: "They are willing to ask the right questions and they are very thorough."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Top-notch" practitioner Barbara Mather is held in the highest regard by market commentators. Notable highlights include the representation of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in a class action brought against it by direct purchasers of Lamictal.
The "very smart, savvy and articulate" Barbara Sicalides is admired for her litigation skills. She recently led the team defending Advanced Urethane Technologies in an action alleging price-fixing among manufacturers.
Robin Sumner is appreciated by clients, who find her to be "very accomplished and really very important to the team." She recently assisted in the Processed Egg Products antitrust litigation involving a series of putative class actions.
THE FIRM This practice serves an impressive client roster spanning a range of industries. The antitrust group at Ballard Spahr has significant expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, representing high-profile clients such as GlaxoSmithKline. The group has also represented global client DuPont in several antitrust matters. The team has recently been involved in a series of complex class action disputes on behalf of its clients.
Sources say: "The right mix of experience and the right strategy."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Leslie John is the department head and key practice contact.
THE FIRM This established Pennsylvania presence has a comprehensive antitrust practice which can advise clients on all aspects of antitrust. The team is active in both civil and criminal litigation across a range of industrial sectors. Recent highlights include the representation of Premier Chemicals in the defense of several antitrust class action claims. Other key clients include Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms, Love’s Travel Stops and Apotex.
Sources say: "They know the facts and learn about our company and how we fit into the industry."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "incredibly proactive" Francis Newell is held in high regard by his clients, who say: "He helped us craft a strategy to negate our concerns, which was magnificent."
THE FIRM This Philadelphia boutique is respected for its antitrust practice, particularly in the representation of plaintiffs. The firm represents both individuals and businesses in a variety of antitrust issues including price-fixing matters, anticompetitive trade practices and monopolization cases.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Kohn is praised by sources for his calm and rational approach to contentious issues. He focuses his practice on major civil litigation for a wide array of clients.
THE FIRM This compact team specializes in antitrust and highly complex commercial litigation. Market commentators recognize the group as an active presence in the state and particularly note its work in class action disputes. The practice also has a strong focus on pharmaceutical patent antitrust litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very smart and tenacious" Howard Langer is highly regarded for antitrust. He has litigated major cases in the field and has notable experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
THE FIRM This firm has a global reach and is able to serve both national and international clients in both civil and criminal antitrust litigation. The Pennsylvania group is active across a broad range of industries, with particular strength in the life sciences and financial services sectors. Notable highlights include continued representation of Comdata in relation to allegations of monopolization.
Sources say: "They were outstanding in so many ways, it was a pleasure for me; they are really some of the best lawyers I have ever worked with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Reed is based in the Philadelphia office and cochairs the practice.
THE FIRM This Pittsburgh practice benefits from the firm's global presence and international capabilities. The group is particularly active in the manufacturing and financial services sector. Recent highlights for the team include its ongoing representation of US Steel in several antitrust matters related to issues ranging from M&A to class action cartel litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Booker continues to serve as lead counsel to US Steel in multiple litigations including an industrywide class action. Sources say he is an "exceptionally talented lawyer."
Paul Saint-Antoine of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is described as "very competent" and "a bright and capable antitrust lawyer." He represents clients across a wide range of industries and has significant experience handling class action disputes.