Antitrust - Texas


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What the team is known for One of the foremost antitrust practices in Texas, featuring a raft of top-quality antitrust practitioners. Primarily undertakes antitrust litigation but also active in major M&A-related work. Also known for its government investigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top-notch firm in terms of work product." 

Work highlights Represented BNSF Railway in defense of an action brought by a 30,000-strong certified class alleging price-fixing in rail freight fuel surcharges. 

Acted for Cal-Maine Foods as a defendant in the processed egg products antitrust litigation, alleging price-fixing by limiting supply in the egg industry.

Notable practitioners  

The "really talented" Robert Walters is recognized as one of Texas's leading antitrust trial lawyers. His recent highlights include acting for Aetna in a case against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan alleging unfair competition.

Sean Royall is "really top-notch in his field," according to commentators, who also highlight his "understanding of the business world." He recently acted for 3M and 3M Innovative Properties in a case concerning reflective road signs.

The excellent Brian Robison is well versed in government investigations, civil suits and merger-related antitrust. He represented Sabre Holdings in a DOJ investigation concerning the airline booking industry.

Veronica Lewis impresses sources with her abilities in antitrust law, with an emphasis on the healthcare industry. She recently co-led for Aetna in an antitrust suit against Bluc Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Significant clients Sanofi, Estée Lauder, 3M, Allergan.

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What the team is known for A premier force for antitrust in Texas, with a strong bench with experience and expertise in a number of industries, including energy and healthcare. Regularly acts in government investigation and cartel matters, and also noted for its strength in merger enforcement issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are practical, measured and business-sensitive." 

"It's a very strong outfit." 

Work highlights Represented United Supermarkets and Brookshire Grocery as direct purchasers in the chocolate antitrust litigation.

Acted for the Medical Center at Elizabeth Place as plaintiffs against rival hospitals alleging an anticompetitive conspiracy.

Notable practitioners

Barry McNeil is a highly experienced trial lawyer. He acted for CEVA Logistics in a DOJ investigation and related civil litigation concerning the freight forwarding industry. "There is nobody I hold in higher regard," reports one impressed source.

"Fine, fine lawyer" Ronald Breaux is cochair of the firm's litigation department. He has over two decades of experience across a wide variety of commercial litigation, including antitrust work.

Kathleen Beasley is described as a "smart, hard-working" lawyer who is "easy to deal with and practical." She litigates across a wide range of antitrust disputes and government investigations. 

Significant clients AT&T, Commercial Metals Company, Royal Bank of Canada, Dean Foods, International Air Transport Association.

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What the team is known for A highly adept team with decades of antitrust experience. Much noted for its government investigation and litigation strengths, and for its expertise in mergers and strategic alliances. Maintains a fine reputation for its work across a diverse range of sectors, from transport, energy and financial services to retail, technology and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very customer and communication-oriented."

"They have incredibly smart attorneys." 

Work highlights Acted for ABX Logistics as a defendant in an antitrust class action related to the freight forwarding industry.

Defended HCC Insurance Holdings in opt-out litigation concerning an alleged conspiracy in insurance brokerage.

Notable practitioners  

Leading litigator Layne Kruse is held in "very high regard" by sources, who point to his knowledge of the area as one of his key attributes. He recently acted for HCC Insurance Holdings in antitrust litigation related to insurance brokerage.

Anne Rodgers has a strong reputation for her litigation practice, which incorporates antitrust in addition to a range of other areas. She acted for American Alloy Steel in defense of a case concerning alleged collusion by a group of steel mills.

The "tremendous" William Pakalka is a senior of counsel who has been at the firm for 40 years. He continues to act on antitrust matters, including recently representing GCC Alliance Concrete in a class action lawsuit concerning alleged antitrust violations in the concrete industry.

"Accomplished lawyer" Richard Carrell remains a much-admired figure at the firm and is noted for his wealth of experience in antitrust disputes.

Significant clients El Paso Corporation, CHRISTUS Health, Mitsui & Co, GE, Kubota Tractor.

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What the team is known for Boutique firm representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a range of litigation, including class actions, price-fixing and monopolization. Offers significant antitrust experience and expertise, not least in telecommunications, transport and medical device matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"There is no better plaintiffs' practice in Texas."

"They've got a really deep bench." 

Notable practitioners  

The "remarkable" Stephen Susman has over five decades of experience and maintains "a superb reputation" for his abilities in antitrust matters, particularly on the plaintiffs' side. 

Barry Barnett is a leading trial lawyer with expertise across a wide range of areas, including antitrust. He represents a fine choice of counsel for high-stakes price-fixing and monopolization cases.

Harry Susman is a "very bright" lawyer whom sources "think highly of." He represents a wide range of clients, both as plaintiffs and as defendants.

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What the team is known for A highly experienced team working across a broad range of antitrust disputes and government investigations. Also noted for its strengths in antitrust issues concerning M&A and joint ventures.

Work highlights Acted for Hilcorp Alaska in an FTC investigation into its acquisition of parts of Marathon Oil's business.

Represented EyeforTravel as a defendant in the major online travel booking antitrust litigation.

Notable practitioners 

Sources call senior partner Jerry Beane "one of the most respected antitrust lawyers in Texas." His recent work includes acting for Archer & White Sales as a plaintiff in antitrust litigation relating to dental equipment.

Kay Lynn Brumbaugh is well regarded by commentators for her broad-based antitrust practice, which includes expertise in litigation, Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and counseling. She acted for Westlake Chemical on its $175 million acquisition of CertainTeed's Pipe and Foundation Group in May 2013.

Significant clients Borden Dairy Company, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board, Air New Zealand, Kraton Performance Polymers.

Band 2 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for A very strong practice in Texas backed by a stellar nationwide offering. Noted in particular for its expertise in major M&A, but is also well versed in civil and criminal litigation, and government investigation work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very client-centric and focused on delivering value to the client."

Work highlights Representing American Airlines in antitrust issues arising in relation to its merger with US Airways, worth $11 billion.

Acted for Hologic on its $3.7 billion purchase of Gen-Probe.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe Bruce McDonald as a "really top-notch antitrust lawyer." He is involved in many of the firm's major merger representations, including acting for American Airlines on its merger with US Airways.

Clients "have great confidence in" Thomas Jackson, and note his high quality of client service. He has notably advised Texas Instruments on antitrust matters.

Significant clients Cabot Corporation, Chevron, Dell, Gavilon, Level 3 Communications.

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What the team is known for Building a strong offering in Texas with its compact but high-powered antitrust bench. Acts for clients in major antitrust investigations and advisory matters.

Work highlights Acted for a major car parts corporation in the worldwide autoparts cartel investigation.

Advised 1+1 Internet in relation to various bids for top-level domain names.

Notable practitioners  

Allan Van Fleet is a "really first-rate lawyer in every way," according to sources. He practices in a range of antitrust work and has broad experience in the area, not least in IP-related antitrust disputes.

The very talented Alison Smith is noted for her litigation strengths, including class actions, and for her advice on mergers and joint ventures. She has been acting for a leading company in the major autoparts antitrust litigation.

Significant clients Anadarko Petroleum, Kirby, United Allergy Services, Premier.

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What the team is known for Strong antitrust practice focusing primarily on litigation, although a significant element of its work relates to M&A and joint ventures. Also noted for its antitrust work on issues concerning trade regulation, unfair advertising and trade secrets, and RICO.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find them to be very thorough and very precise. There's always a backup plan and advanced planning."

"They're very responsive to our needs." 

Work highlights Acted for Continental Casualty Company on defending claims of an alleged conspiracy among a group of insurers.

Represented JSW Steel in a case concerning alleged state and federal antitrust violations in the steel industry.

Notable practitioners

The "very smart" Gregory Huffman is "an incredible talent" in a wide range of antitrust matters, including litigation and government investigations. One source describes Huffman as "the most knowledgeable person I know in antitrust policy."

William Katz is highlighted as a "really good younger lawyer" and a "very good writer." He recently acted for Voltaix on counterclaims alleging monopolization in the germane gas market.

James Berglund is rated by sources as a strong antitrust lawyer, with a focus on litigation, and maintains a fine track record for his work in the healthcare sector.

Significant clients Gruma Corporation, Star Pipe Products, Texas Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, North Texas Specialty Physicians.

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What the team is known for Remains a leading name for antitrust issues in San Antonio. Handles a range of investigations, litigation and counseling work for clients, and comes recommended for its work in the healthcare and energy sectors.

Work highlights Acted for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in a case concerning an international interpleader for a securities trust account.

Represented Pedernales Electric Cooperative in an internal investigation into its activities.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Ferrill is a well-known and highly experienced practitioner noted for his securities work and antitrust expertise. He acted for Pedernales Electrical Cooperative in an independent internal investigation.

Significant clients Kinetic Concepts, AT&T.

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What the team is known for Acts primarily in antitrust litigation, with particular expertise in insurance and energy, among other industries. Also undertakes antitrust counseling in relation to transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been very practical and innovative."

"They are very, very responsive and very available." 

Work highlights Represented Longview Energy in a major victory concerning anticompetitive conduct by two of the company's directors.

Acted for Progression Technologies as plaintiff in a monopolization claim across four states.

Notable practitioners

Mark Bayer is a "very bright" practitioner who practices across a wide range of litigation matters, including antitrust. He recently represented William Shores in an unfair competition case in the safari industry.

Randy Gordon primarily practices in antitrust and RICO matters. "He's probably the best legal writer I've ever seen," reports one commentator, who reserves particular praise for his "ability to analyze and get to the heart of things."

Counsel Curtis Frisbie is a highly experienced practitioner and continues to represent clients in antitrust matters. According to interviewees, he is "as good an antitrust litigator as there is."

Significant clients Community Health Systems Professional Services, PepsiCo, Chartis Insurance Company, Jordan Reses Supply.

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What the team is known for Strong group undertaking a range of antitrust litigation. Recent representations feature a focus on matters involving industrial chemicals and the food industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I continue to have the highest regard for them." 

Work highlights Acted for Huntsman International in a case involving alleged price-fixing in the polyurethane production market.

Represented HeartBrand Beef in litigation concerning high-end cattle rearing.

Notable practitioners  

James Reeder has a "strong antitrust mind," according to commentators, who also highlight his ability to adopt various negotiation styles. He has co-led the firm's representation of Huntsman International in various cases related to the titanium dioxide market.

Harry Reasoner continues to be regarded as a "phenomenal" and "accomplished" lawyer whose 51 years' experience in antitrust is matched by few. He recently acted for HEB Grocery Company on defending a claim of monopolization in the San Antonio grocery market.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Michael Warnecke of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP undertakes antitrust matters as part of a wider complex commercial practice. His work includes cartel investigations and white-collar defense.

James Nelson of DLA Piper LLP (US) is noted for his "deep knowledge" and "fantastic style," and for his ability to tailor his advice. He recently acted for Boston Consulting Group in relation to a potential antitrust suit.

Sources "think very highly of" Bruce Blefeld of K&L Gates, noting in particular his "very deep substantive expertise." He is also credited for his "very strong understanding" of healthcare-related matters. 

Bradley Weber of Locke Lord LLP "works magic" with antitrust regulators, according to one source, while others note his strong communication skills and knowledge of the area. He recently acted for in the online travel booking antitrust litigation.

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