THE FIRM Dechert has impressive bench strength across transactional, counseling and litigation aspects of antitrust law. The group has recently been representing Dean Foods as defendants in a number of high-profile antitrust actions that include claims of alleged and actual monopolization and monopsonization and conspiracy to engage in them. Key sectors for the firm include food services, commodities, specialty chemicals and life sciences.
Sources say: "This is an excellent, bright and hard-working group."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Tate is universally acknowledged as a leader of the antitrust Bar: "He is an all-around good litigator, he is prepared, makes fine presentations and is both reasonable and practical." His expertise includes both criminal price-fixing type cases and commercial class action defense work.
Well regarded in the market, Stephen Brown focuses on civil class action defense work. He has recently been defending long-standing client Commercial Metals against claims of conspiracy leading to increased steel prices.
George Gordon focuses on the pharmaceutical and life science industries and wins praise as "one of the top antitrust defense lawyers." "Smart, reasoned and reasonable," he recently acted for Elan in a suit brought by a manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals.
Christine Levin handles litigation and transactional work. Popular among clients, she garners praise for being both "a brilliant strategist" and "a quick-witted and formidable advocate."
Stephen Stack is heavily involved in the transactional side of things. Specialty chemicals, industrial gases and pharmaceuticals are all sectors in which he is regularly active. "He is a well-known name and holds an established position," comments one peer.
Carolyn Feeney focuses on civil class action defense and has been a key figure in the firm's representation of Dean Foods in the cases mentioned above.