THE FIRM Like many of the leading firms in Illinois, this group has a truly national antitrust scope. Within Chicago, it is frequently seen in the largest class action suits and is widely recognized by peers for its formidable bench strength. Among its numerous litigation highlights it has been defending Bain Capital against a putative nationwide class action suit estimated at $10 billion. Other notable cases include acting for Hitachi on the settlement of the TFT-LCD flat panel class action, which alleged price-fixing, and representing the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in an ongoing nationwide action that could potentially impact some 100 million Americans insured by the BCBSA.
Sources say: "Very good lawyers: on the ball, aggressive and smart. They're on everyone's list."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The terrific James Mutchnik is "very professional, bright and responsive," according to sources. In addition to the Bain Capital and Hitachi cases, his extensive recent resume also includes work for Navistar International against an allegation of monopolization of the heavy-duty truck transmission market, and for EVA Airways, which he represents in three separate civil and criminal antitrust matters.
Daniel Laytin is described as "outstanding" and a "go-to guy" who is particularly praised for his "ability to think and react on his feet while doing an excellent job of staying several steps ahead of the game." Laytin is taking the lead in the BCBSA case.
Andrew Langan is a litigator with wide experience in antitrust work and is currently heavily involved in general commercial litigation on the defense side in the BP Deepwater Horizon case.
David Zott has a "wealth of litigation experience," according to one source. Although he practices in a number of areas, he has been heavily involved in plasma derivative antitrust litigation on behalf of Baxter, as well as playing a significant role in the BCBSA case.