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Berger & Montague, P.C., which has a particular emphasis on handling plaintiff-side mandates, has been a key player in high-profile antitrust class actions since the firm’s inception in 1970. In the pharmaceuticals industry alone, the firm has assisted clients with recovering more than $1bn from drugs companies that are alleged to have impeded the entry of generic drugs onto the market, and who have also allegedly engaged in artificially inflating drugs prices. David Sorensen is currently leading a team as interim co-lead class counsel to a proposed class of direct purchasers of Warner Chilcott’s oral contraceptive drugs Loestrin 24 and Minastrin 24 in ‘pay for delay’ litigation. Elsewhere, H Laddie Montague, Eric Cramer and others act as interim co-lead counsel to a proposed class of direct purchasers in a case concerning artificial price inflation in the drywall industry. Merrill Davidoff, who recently became chairman of the firm, also heads the practice with Montague. More than 30 of the 60 attorneys at the firm are members of the antitrust team. All named attorneys are based in Philadelphia.

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP’s team, which is active in plaintiff and defendant representations in class actions and private standalone antitrust litigation, is ‘among the best in complex legal matters, for which you need a strategic approach to winning’. In recent highlights, William Isaacson and Melissa Zappala were the firm’s lead advisers to the direct purchaser class of plaintiffs that successfully reached a circa $276m settlement with flexible polyurethane foam manufacturers in a national class action arising from alleged price-fixing in the industry. On the defendant side, Isaacson, Jim Denvir, Michael Mitchell and Abby Dennis are representing Delta Air Lines in a price-fixing class action involving multiple airlines. New York-based Donald Flexner heads the practice, which also includes ‘strategic and creative thinker’ Richard Feinstein and Robert Cooper. Dennis recently made partner, as did Christopher Renner, Christopher Belelieu in New York, Meredith Dearborn in Palo Alto, and Oakland-based Sean Rodriguez. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s antitrust team has a strong presence in Washington DC, where the firm fields more than 60 lawyers with substantial litigation expertise (of which ten are partners), including George Cary, Leah Brannon, Jeremy Calsyn and Brian Byrne. Elsewhere, Lev Dassin and Carmine Boccuzzi are names to note in New York. Reflective of the group’s first-rate reputation, recent mandates included representing multiple automotive parts suppliers in civil litigation arising from global investigations into industry-wide price-fixing. The firm also successfully defended Sanofi US in a multibillion-dollar private antitrust lawsuit concerning its use of loyalty discounts for anticoagulant drug Lovenox. Goldman Sachs, Lafarge and Sabre Holdings are among other clients. Also in Washington DC, Elaine Ewing, Kenneth Reinker and Daniel Culley made partner, and David Gelfand rejoined the firm having previously served as deputy assistant attorney general for litigation in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Mark Leddy splits his time between the Washington DC and New York offices.

Covington & Burling LLP’s antitrust litigation practice, which is co-chaired by Derek Ludwin in Washington DC and Emily Henn in Palo Alto, has a strong reputation for cutting-edge, highly complex matters, and draws work from clients in sectors such as technology, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Ludwin, Gregg Levy and others recently represented the National Football League in two class actions, one of which involved defending the client in multi-district litigation (MDL) concerning its television broadcasting arrangements. In the auto parts arena, Anita Stork (San Francisco), Ashley Bass, Michael Fanelli and others are acting for Alps Electric in a putative class action concerning alleged price-fixing of heater control panels. In addition to managing cases heard domestically, the US group operates as part of a wider network to assist with cross-border matters, including litigation that is connected to government investigations. Thomas Barnett, Deborah Garza and Robert Wick are other highly regarded practitioners. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s outstanding cartel investigations practice makes it a particularly compelling choice for associated civil litigation, although its antitrust litigation practice extends beyond that to also include standalone high-value private antitrust matters (where there is no government agency involvement) and contentious merger-related work. In a notable highlight, Jeffrey Thomas (Orange County), Samuel Liversidge, Jay Srinivasan and Rod Stone assisted HP with obtaining a $3bn damages award against Oracle (representing the largest single-plaintiff verdict in US history) in a high-profile case arising from the latter’s decision to stop developing software for the client’s Itanium servers. In another matter, Daniel Swanson, Joshua Lipton (Washington DC) and others defended Nasdaq OMX in litigation related to the pricing of market data products. Swanson jointly heads the practice with New York-based Peter Sullivan, Dallas-based Sean Royall and Washington DC’s Scott Hammond. In 2016, Eric Stock joined the firm in New York, having previously served as chief of the Antitrust Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s office. Washington DC-based Joshua Soven is another name to note. Named lawyers are based in Los Angeles except where otherwise indicated.

Hausfeld, which ‘commits extensive resources to the most difficult cases’, is widely hailed as one of the few market-leading plaintiff firms. Michael Hausfeld, who is ‘the unquestionable dean of the antitrust bar’, is working with William Butterfield, Reena Gambhir and Timothy Kearns, among others, as co-lead counsel to a putative class of investors in a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy by various global banks to fix prices and manipulate key benchmark rates in the foreign exchange market. The firm also acted as co-lead counsel to a proposed class of freight shippers in a case involving an alleged rail freight services price-fixing conspiracy. ‘Young star’ Sathya Gosselin, who ‘works on the most complex cases brilliantly’ is recommended, as are Megan Jones (San Francisco), Brian Ratner, Melinda Coolidge and Hilary Scherrer. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Jones Day’s team, which ‘really directs its energy into the needs of the client’, excels in follow-on damages actions arising from cartel investigations, private standalone antitrust actions and merger challenges, among other matters. Kenneth Field, Geoffrey Irwin and Kerri Ruttenberg were lead advisers to Cabell Huntington Hospital in the successful defense of its merger with St Mary’s Medical Center, which had been challenged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In another matter, Thomas Demitrack (Cleveland), Michael Shumaker and others successfully defended Liberty Global against a lawsuit alleging monopolization of the video entertainment market in Puerto Rico. The firm’s ability to work across offices worldwide makes it a port of call in multi-jurisdictional matters. Global antitrust head David Wales, John Majoras and Los Angeles’ Eric Enson are widely lauded, as are recently promoted partners Erin Shencopp (Chicago) and Michael Gleason. Julia McEvoy rejoined the firm, having served as deputy associate attorney general at the DOJ. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team, which is led from Chicago by James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin, features prominently in cases of the utmost complexity and significance, particularly in sectors that attract close regulatory scrutiny, including energy, hi-tech, telecoms and healthcare. ‘Reverse payment settlement’ cases in the pharmaceuticals sector is a notable area of activity and the team is handling multiple matters for Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Barr Laboratories Unit, including litigation arising from an alleged conspiracy to delay market entry of the generic version of antibiotic Cipro. In the financial services arena, a group including Joseph Serino and Eric Leon in New York and Robert Khuzami and Patrick Montgomery in Washington DC is representing Deutsche Bank in various matters, including two putative class actions concerning an alleged conspiracy with other financial institutions to manipulate the Gold Fix and Silver Fix markets, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. Matthew Reilly recently joined the firm in Washington DC from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, while other key hires are Katherine Rocco (New York), Yi-Chin Ho (Los Angeles) and Anna Rotman (Houston), who joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Yetter Coleman LLP respectively.

Washington DC-based Amanda Reeves and San Francisco’s Christopher Yates are global co-chairs of the practice at Latham & Watkins LLP. The team recently increased its headcount in the US through the hires of counsel Peter Todaro and Farrell Malone, who joined in Washington DC from King & Spalding LLP and Arnold & Porter LLP respectively, and Michael Lacovara, who joined in New York from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. In addition to representing clients in cartel-related litigation arising from government investigations, the firm also handles non-cartel business-to-business litigation (which covers a wide range of conduct issues), as well as contentious merger clearances. San Francisco-based Daniel Wall and Sarah Ray and others successfully defended Oracle against a putative class action initiated by plaintiffs alleging a conspiracy between the client and other technology companies not to hire or solicit each other’s employees. Margaret Zwisler, Jennifer Giordano and Allyson Maltas (all based in Washington DC) secured an appellate-level win for Time Warner Cable in the Set-top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation. Al Pfeiffer in San Francisco is highly recommended.

Although Baker Botts L.L.P.’s civil antitrust litigation work is primarily weighted towards representing defendants, it also handles a notable share of opt-out cases and class action work for plaintiffs. The firm has undertaken a significant amount of work for Royal Philips recently; in a recent highlight, John Taladay, Erik Koons, Van Beckwith (Dallas) and Stuart Plunkett (San Francisco) assisted the client with obtaining a landmark summary judgment in an MDL involving allegations of a global price-fixing conspiracy among manufacturers of cathode ray tubes (CRTs). The firm has also handled mandates for clients such as McWane Inc, Eaton Corporation and Harold Levinson Associates. Stephen Weissman, Joseph Ostoyich (‘the consummate consigliere in terms of client service’), James Kress and William Lavery are among other notable partners in the team, which saw Tom Dillickrath join the FTC as deputy chief trial counsel. Plunkett, who has particular expertise in representing technology companies in antitrust disputes, joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

Plaintiff firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has an excellent reputation for acting as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in complex class actions involving some of the world’s largest corporates. The breadth of its experience in antitrust litigation spans multiple industries, including healthcare, auto parts, media and entertainment, and financial services. A recent highlight involved acting as co-lead counsel to a class of direct purchasers in Re Urethane Antitrust Litigation; key partners Richard Koffman and Kit Pierson had an instrumental role in an $835m settlement agreement being reached with Dow Chemical. In another matter, Daniel Small, Brent Johnson and others are acting as co-lead counsel to a class of visual effects and animation workers in a lawsuit alleging that various animation studios have engaged in a conspiracy not to solicit each other’s employees and to coordinate on compensation. New York-based Sharon Robertson is highly recommended; all other named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s practice is led by Christine Varney, a former US Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and FTC Commissioner. The firm has a particularly strong following of clients from the financial services sector; John Buretta is representing Nomura International in nine consolidated class actions involving allegations of collusion and price-fixing over SSA bonds. In another highlight, Daniel Slifkin and Michael Paskin are acting for Morgan Stanley in Re Interest Rate Swaps Antitrust Litigation. Kevin Orsini has experience representing American Express in high-profile antitrust disputes. Elsewhere, Rowan Wilson is representing Mylan Laboratories in a consolidated set of class actions centered on alleged reverse payment settlement agreements between Cephalon and various generic drugs manufacturers (including Mylan). Evan Chesler and Peter Barbur are other notable individuals.

Jointly led by George Gordon in Philadelphia and Michael Weiner in New York, Dechert LLP’s team handles a mix of contested antitrust matters, including merger-related litigation, multi-forum class actions and opt-out cases. Weiner and Paul Friedman are acting as lead trial counsel to Monsanto and its Precision Planting business in litigation initiated by the DOJ challenging Deere & Co’s acquisition of Precision Planting. Paul Denis is another key individual in the team. In recent developments, Steven Bizar joined from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Ethan Litwin arrived from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and counsel Gregory Luib was a notable hire from the FTC. Outgoing practitioners were Gorav Jindal, who went to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Carolyn Hazard, who went to Endo Pharmaceuticals. Craig Falls made partner. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Notwithstanding its modest size, Minneapolis-based firm Heins Mills & Olson, PLC has a strong track record acting as lead counsel or co-lead counsel to plaintiffs in high-profile class actions involving a broad cross-section of issues, such as monopolization, price-fixing and market allocation. Vincent Esades’ team includes Renae Steiner, who is acting as co-lead counsel to a nationwide class of end payers in the Aggrenox ‘pay for delay’ litigation. The firm is also acting as lead counsel to a class of direct purchasers in a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy by manufacturers of aftermarket automotive sheet metal parts to fix prices and restrict the supply of their products. Other partners who focus on antitrust litigation are Dylan McFarland, David Woodward, Jessica Servais and James Anderson.

At Hogan Lovells US LLP, Marc Gottridge, Dennis Tracey (both in New York), Benjamin Holt and others are acting for Société Générale in an MDL where it is alleged that banks participating in the London Market Gold Fixing process colluded with each other to manipulate the benchmark price. In another highlight, Robert Robertson and recently promoted partner Justin Bernick are acting as co-lead counsel in Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. 3M, Airbus and IBM are among other key clients of the practice, which was strengthened by the recent hires of Christopher Casey and Julie Brill, who joined from the DOJ and FTC respectively. Paul Salvaty joined in Los Angeles from Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP. William Monts, Sanford Litvack (New York) and Megan Dixon (San Francisco) are other notable individuals in the team. Global practice co-head Janet McDavid is based in Washington DC, as are the lawyers mentioned above where location is not indicated.

Eric Fastiff heads the San Francisco-centered team at plaintiff firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, which has a broad client base that includes employees, investors and companies, among others. The firm has a well-deserved reputation for successfully taking on some of the world’s largest corporations, with its caseload involving allegations of some of the most serious antitrust violations, including cartels, monopolies and various other anti-competitive practices. A recent highlight involved representing a number of public entities in Re Municipal Derivatives Litigation. In a separate matter, the firm is on the plaintiffs’ executive committee in Re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation. Lin Chan, Dean Harvey and Richard Heimann are among a number of notable individuals in the antitrust group.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team includes the ‘thoughtful and preparedMichael Tubach in San Francisco, who leverages his substantial experience of representing clients in cartel investigations to assist with associated class actions. Ben Bradshaw has antitrust litigation experience spanning industries such as aviation, healthcare and financial services. Practice co-chair Ian Simmons is working with Bradshaw to represent Asiana Airlines in an opt-out action brought by Schenker AG, which claims that there was a conspiracy among Asiana and multiple other airlines to inflate surcharges and base rates for air cargo shipping rates. Century City’s Bo Pearl is also recommended. The firm’s merger litigation work is another pillar of the practice; group co-chair Richard Parker, Ted Hassi, Michael Antalics and Katrina Robson acted as litigation counsel to Halliburton in its proposed $28bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, a deal that was eventually abandoned due to the strength of regulatory concerns in the US and EU. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise specified.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s team, comprising ‘excellent business lawyers’, stands out for high-value, bet-the-company litigation. Aidan Synnott (New York) and Joseph Simons are among several ‘top-level litigators with experience across a wide range of issues’. Illustrative of the firm’s stellar reputation in antitrust litigation, it has longstanding relationships with notable clients such as Becton, Dickinson and Company and The Nielsen Company. Charles Rule, who joined the firm along with a team of other antitrust lawyers from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, worked with Kenneth Gallo and various other team members to represent Cigna in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ and several states arising from its proposed $54bn merger with Anthem. The firm also advised the same client on Aetna’s proposed $37bn acquisition of Humana, which was challenged by the DOJ and several states. Another highlight for the firm included representing Sharp Corporation and Sharp Electronics in opt-out litigation initiated by Motorola Mobility, arising from the client’s alleged involvement in a global cartel connected with liquid crystal displays. David Bernick (New York) made partner. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise specified.

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Los Angeles’ Harold Barza leads the ‘very client-focused’ team, which excels in representing plaintiffs and defendants in class and non-class action litigation. In New York, Stephen Neuwirth, Steig Olson and Sanford Weisburst acted for The Home Depot as a principal objector to a $7.25bn antitrust settlement that had been reached between Visa and MasterCard and retailers, following long-running litigation regarding interchange fees for credit and debit card transactions. The firm is now handling a separate opt-out action for the same client. In another matter, Olson and Daniel Brockett acted as lead counsel to a plaintiff class of investors in Re Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation, which settled for $1.87bn - notwithstanding that investigations by the DOJ and European Commission did not result in charges being brought against the defendant banks.

In 2016, Sidley Austin LLP’s Joel Mitnick (New York) and Carter Phillips (Washington DC) acted for MOFCOM as amicus curiae in a price-fixing case involving Chinese vitamin C manufacturers. Astellas Pharma, Microsoft and Citigroup are among other key clients of the practice, which draws work from a wide variety of industries, and particularly stands out in complex matters involving regulated sectors. Chicago-based Scott Stein is a particular go-to for civil litigation related to the healthcare industry. Other notable individuals in Chicago include John Treece, who has a wealth of experience in price-fixing and monopolization cases, David Giardina and David Graham, while in San Francisco Ryan Sandrock in a key name. Jonathan Nuechterlein joined the Washington DC office in 2016, having previously served as general counsel of the FTC. Mitnick and Treece are co-chairs of the global antitrust practice, as are Marie Fiala (San Francisco) and William Blumenthal (Washington DC).

Susman Godfrey LLP, which focuses on acting for plaintiffs, features in some of the largest and most complex cases nationwide, across sectors such as aviation, medical devices and telecoms. Marc Seltzer in Los Angeles and Matthew Berry in Seattle act as court-appointed co-lead counsel to a class of animators in a class action in which it is alleged that there was an anti-poaching and wage-fixing conspiracy among animation studios in Hollywood. In another matter, the firm is on the plaintiffs’ steering committee in a nationwide class action arising from an alleged conspiracy to unlawfully fix, raise and stabilize prices of lithium ion batteries. Houston-based James Southwick and Barry Barnett are other key members of the team, which also has people in New York.

Led by global antitrust head Mark Gidley, White & Case LLP’s group, which has ‘great business acumen and industry knowledge’, has an enviable track record in class actions, individual actions (covering the gamut of claims) and merger litigation. The team has a particularly outstanding reputation in pharmaceutical sector cases; among a string of recent successes in this arena, in a precedent-setting case, a Washington DC-based team including Gidley, Peter Carney, Eileen Cole, Noah Brumfield (Silicon Valley and Washington DC) and others successfully defended Warner Chilcott at the Third Circuit against product-hopping claims connected with acne medication Doryx. The firm also represented Allergan in a putative class action concerning its Botox product and a licensing agreement with Korea-based Medytox, the result of which would have allegedly delayed entry into the US of a competing product to Botox (manufactured by Medytox). Elsewhere, Christopher Curran and New York-based Martin Toto and John Chung are defending Toshiba against a billion-dollar lawsuit brought by the Illinois Attorney General against manufacturers of LCD panels. Jack Pace and Robert Milne (both New York), Eric Grannon (Washington DC) and recently promoted partner Heather Burke (Silicon Valley) are also recommended.

WilmerHale covers the full spectrum of antitrust litigation, including class actions and opt-out cases (arising from federal grand jury and international cartel investigations), and standalone civil antitrust disputes brought by individual parties. The firm also handles merger-related lawsuits initiated by state attorneys general, the DOJ and the FTC. Mark Ford (Boston), Thomas Mueller and recently promoted partner Timothy Syrett (Boston) are acting for Schaeffler in an automotive parts price-fixing MDL, and are also defending related German entities against price-fixing claims brought by a putative class of direct purchasers. In a separate matter, Leon Greenfield, Seth Waxman and Daniel Volchok acted as appellate counsel to the NCAA in litigation concerning its right to prohibit member schools from paying student athletes for using their names, images and likenesses. The firm is also representing ELNA in an MDL arising from US and multi-jurisdictional investigations into an alleged cartel in the capacitors industry. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Zelle LLP, which has a first-rate reputation acting for plaintiffs in opt-out and class action litigation, significantly strengthened its antitrust practice in 2016 with the addition of five lawyers from the now-defunct Dickstein Shapiro, who joined the firm’s newly opened Washington DC office. One of the hires was James Martin, who co-chairs the antitrust practice with Judith Zahid. Martin acted as co-lead counsel to 11 opt-out plaintiffs, who reached a $400m settlement with Dow Chemical in Re Urethane Antitrust Litigation. In another matter, the firm is acting for United Healthcare in a pay-for-delay case against Cephalon involving sleep disorder drug Provigil. Other recent areas of work have spanned areas such as packaged seafood, lithium-ion batteries and CRTs. Michael Christian, Jennifer Hackett (Washington DC), Christopher Micheletti and recently promoted partner Qianwei Fu are recommended. Named lawyers are based in San Francisco unless otherwise indicated.

Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, whose reputation in antitrust dates back more than 40 years, represents plaintiffs in class and non-class private actions. The firm is currently representing a number of large purchasers in private actions concerning price-fixing in the packaged seafood industry and, in 2016, a separate highlight (as co-counsel) involved reaching settlements with the remaining defendants in the Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation. Key partners are Robert Kaplan, Matthew McCahill - Gregory Arenson, Richard Kilsheimer, Elana Katcher and Hae Sung Nam. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Labaton Sucharow LLP’s first-rate reputation ranks it as ‘one of the best-known plaintiff firms in the antitrust class action arena’. The ‘smart and trustworthyGregory Asciolla and Jay Himes co-chair the New York-based practice, which is visible in large-scale cases arising from US and global antitrust investigations, and which also particularly excels at developing and filing first-of-its-kind actions, even if no investigation has been initiated. In 2016, the firm filed the first nationwide class action for Boston Retirement System in a matter concerning an alleged conspiracy by the world’s largest dealer banks to manipulate trading in the SSA bonds market. In the pharmaceuticals sector, the firm is on the court-appointed plaintiffs’ steering committee in a class action arising from an alleged conspiracy among generic drugs manufacturers to fix the prices of digoxin and doxycycline, as well as allocate markets and customers.

Mayer Brown’s practice is led by global head Mark Ryan, who rejoined the firm in 2015, having previously served at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, where he was its first-ever director of litigation. The group also benefits from the expertise of other seasoned ex-DOJ practitioners, including William Stallings, Robert Bloch and Richard Favretto. The firm’s international footprint, combined with deep trial and appellate experience at federal and state level in the US, makes the firm a strong choice for a broad base of clients, which include Nestlé USA, Société Générale and Google. Andrew Marovitz and Britt Miller, who are both Chicago based, are representing HSBC in a class action where it is alleged that there was a conspiracy among financial institutions to limit competition in the credit default swaps market. The pair are also defending Temple Inland in consolidated class action litigation concerning an alleged conspiracy to restrict capacity and fix the prices of corrugated products. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise noted.

Led by global practice head Steven Reed from Philadelphia, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team covers a full range of antitrust disputes. Among several lawyers who have previously held senior positions at the US antitrust enforcement agencies, Hill Wellford was chief of staff at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and Willard Tom was general counsel of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Illustrative of the firm’s strong reputation, it acts for some of the world’s largest organizations from a variety of sectors, such as financial services, technology and life sciences. Reed, Brian Rocca (San Francisco), Brendan Fee (Philadelphia) and others successfully defended Uber Technologies against a lawsuit brought by Philadelphia Taxi Association and a dozen of its members, which cited claims of attempted monopolization and unfair competition. Other highlights included representing Lupin Ltd and Lupin Pharmaceuticals in two pay-for-delay MDLs. Deputy head of the practice Darren Tucker is based in Washington DC, as are the lawyers above where location information is not included.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s experience in handling business-critical matters for global clients makes it well placed to advise on DOJ/FTC merger challenges, class actions and MDLs, and private litigation. In 2016, Bradley Lui and Jeff Jaeckel successfully defended Continental Building Products in an MDL concerning price-fixing in the drywall industry. In another highlight, the firm was retained to represent Deere & Co in proceedings brought by the DOJ, which seeks to block the client’s acquisition of Monsanto’s Precision Planting business. Jaeckel and Stephen Smith are co-chairs of the global antitrust practice. Roxann Henry, David Cross and Michael Miller (New York) are among other highly recommended individuals in the group, which recently saw Stuart Plunkett join Baker Botts L.L.P. and Sean Gates leave to establish Charis Lex P.C.. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise noted.

Robins Kaplan LLP primarily acts for plaintiffs but also defendants in industry-transforming class actions and individual claims. From New York, Hollis Salzman is acting as co-lead counsel to a putative class of plaintiff consumers and businesses that purchased or leased new vehicles in litigation in the automotive parts space, and Kellie Lerner serves as co-lead counsel to a proposed class of direct purchasers in litigation in which it is alleged that Merck unlawfully monopolized the market for the MMR vaccine by engaging in a campaign to misrepresent its efficacy. On the defense side, Stephen Safranski, Martin Lueck and Craig Wildfang (all based in Minneapolis) are representing SuperValu in a putative class action brought by grocery retailers in multiple states, where it is alleged that the client and another wholesaler colluded to allocate markets and customers in the Midwest and New England.

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a particularly strong reputation in financial services antitrust litigation and has been at the forefront of class actions arising from a multitude of global investigations into the industry. Current work includes representing BNP Paribas and Mizuho Securities USA as defendants in class actions brought against more than 20 primary dealers, in which it is alleged that they conspired to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities and related financial products. In another matter, global litigation head Adam Hakki, Richard Schwed and Jeffrey Resetarits (all based in New York) are acting for Bank of America in putative class actions involving price-fixing of SSA bonds. Other clients include Barclays, Citigroup and Nomura. John Cove, who joined the firm’s San Francisco office in 2016 from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, has previous experience as a trial attorney at the DOJ. Former co-head of the global antitrust practice Beau Buffier left to become chief of the New York State Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau. Stephen Hibbard moved to Jones Day.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s practice impresses with its breadth, with the team assisting with follow-on actions arising from government investigations, standalone class actions, private antitrust lawsuits and merger litigation. In the healthcare sector, Andrew Lacy and recently promoted partner Abram Ellis defended HCA and its subsidiary Methodist Healthcare System against a class action lawsuit involving an alleged wage-fixing conspiracy among certain Texas-based hospital networks. In another matter, Jeffrey Knox and New York-based Thomas Rice and David Woll are representing Deutsche Bank in a series of class actions brought by institutional investors in which its alleged that a number of financial institutions colluded to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities. Peter Thomas leads the practice following the departures of former joint heads Kevin Arquit and Matthew Reilly for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise noted.

In 2016, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP welcomed heavyweight practitioner Kevin Arquit from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP to co-lead the antitrust practice with Steven Newborn (Washington DC). The firm’s workload includes follow-on actions arising from global cartel investigations, private business-to-business lawsuits and merger litigation. Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock are defending General Chemical and its parent company Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in putative class actions in the US arising from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the market for a water treatment chemical, liquid aluminum sulfate. Reiss and Hemlock are also representing Calsonic Kansei and Bridgestone (and their US subsidiaries) in an antitrust MDL involving automotive parts. Eric Hochstadt and Washington DC’s Carrie Mahan are also recommended; Michael Naughton joined as counsel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Named lawyers are based in New York except where otherwise noted.

Equally well regarded in plaintiff and defendant representations, Winston & Strawn LLP’s team has a forte in handling some of the most complex class actions and private litigation. Its varied workload spans cases involving price-fixing conspiracies and abuses of monopolies, as well as patent disputes and unfair trade practice issues. Robert Sperling (who splits his time between Chicago and New York), Elizabeth Papez (who splits her time between Washington DC and New York), James Herbison (Chicago) and Susannah Torpey (New York) are defending Goldman Sachs in an MDL connected with an alleged conspiracy by financial institutions to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities. Another cornerstone of the practice is merger litigation; in a notable healthcare industry matter, Chicago-based Dan Webb and David Dahlquist acted for NorthShore University HealthSystem in litigation brought by the FTC and the State of Illinois in order to block the client’s proposed merger with Advocate Health Care. Jeffrey Kessler chairs the firm’s global antitrust practice from New York.

In addition to dealing with M&A-related antitrust litigation, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advises clients on civil litigation associated with criminal antitrust investigations, class actions and various other private standalone actions. New York-based Greg Andres and Arthur Burke are acting for The Royal Bank of Scotland in class action litigation related to allegations of collusion in the interest rate swaps and US Treasury securities markets, among other matters. Universal Studios, NBCUniversal and United States Golf Association are other key clients. Menlo Park’s Christopher Hockett leads the team, which also includes Jon Leibowitz and Joel Cohen in New York and recently promoted partner Jesse Solomon in Washington DC.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s US team, which is based across Washington DC and New York, operates as part of a worldwide network, making it well positioned in domestic and international antitrust investigations, associated civil litigation and merger reviews. US antitrust practice head Paul Yde and senior associates Hiram Andrews and Craig Minerva are representing United Airlines in both a DOJ investigation and in a related MDL arising from an alleged conspiracy among four domestic airlines to raise prices through restricting seating capacity. In other matters, Bruce McCulloch recently successfully concluded the defense of Vita Group in the polyurethane class action litigation, while counsel Richard Snyder acted for Hachette Book Group in a number of follow-on actions arising from investigations by the DOJ and state attorneys general into e-books price-fixing. Tom Ensign acts for clients from numerous industries, including agriculture, healthcare and private equity. Other recommended individuals are recently promoted partner Mary Lehner and of counsel Terry Calvani. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a bedrock of the firm’s work is in civil litigation associated with grand jury investigations into matters such as bid-rigging and price-fixing. Its team, which is led by Raymond Jacobsen from Washington DC, also has expertise in antitrust cases involving contentious intellectual property issues and merger challenges. A particular hallmark of the practice is its strong track record in healthcare antitrust work; Washington DC-based Jeffrey Brennan, the former head of the FTC’s healthcare services division, and Chicago-based Stephen Wu are among the names to note in this space. Chicago-based David Hanselman and Joel Chefitz and Washington DC’s Jon Dubrow are other recommended individuals. Bilal Sayyed joined the Washington DC office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2016.

McGuireWoods LLP’s practice covers the entire antitrust litigation spectrum, with the firm acting as lead counsel or co-lead counsel to blue-chip clients from industries such as financial services, transport and healthcare, among many others. Recent hire Jonathan Lewis, who joined in Washington DC from Baker & Hostetler LLP in 2016, is experienced in antitrust class actions and other civil antitrust litigation involving issues such as price-fixing, tying arrangements and predatory pricing. From Chicago, practice head Amy Manning, Angelo Russo and others are representing Fresenius Kabi USA as the plaintiff in litigation against Par Sterile Products and Par Pharmaceutical Companies concerning an alleged abuse of a monopoly over intravenous vasopressin solution. On the defense side, Richmond-based James Walsh represented Carpenter Company in the polyurethane foam price-fixing and market-allocation MDL, which ultimately saw a $151m settlement being reached between consumer plaintiffs and makers of polyurethane foam. Wells Fargo, Argos USA and Horizon Lines are among other clients of the practice.

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is spearheaded from Washington DC by global antitrust head Scott Hataway, who is a former trial attorney at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Other key individuals are San Francisco-based Holly House and Sean Unger, who defended LG Display and its US subsidiary in the multi-district price-fixing TFT-LCD antitrust litigation. In another highlight, House is acting as co-counsel to plaintiff Cave Consulting in a case against OptumInsight involving an alleged ‘Walker Process’ antitrust violation. Elsewhere, the firm defended Sara Lee against claims of price-fixing and unlawful territorial allocations with distributors. Thomas Brown (San Francisco) and MJ Moltenbrey (Washington DC) are recommended. Lee Berger joined the DOJ’s Antitrust Division as a trial attorney.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s multifaceted practice covers merger challenges, cartel-related litigation and other antitrust disputes. Its experience includes cases where antitrust and intellectual property issues intersect; Christopher Ondeck, who is ‘a seasoned litigator’, represented MPEG LA, Zenith, Panasonic and Philips as plaintiffs in patent infringement litigation against Sceptre, and also defended the client against counterclaims of monopolization of digital television patents and collusion as to licensing. Elsewhere, the firm has a sizable stable of food and agriculture clients; Ondeck is defending broiler chicken producer Wayne Farms in a price-fixing class action brought by purchasers and indirect purchasers. Colin Kass successfully defended FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group) in a novel antitrust price discrimination case, which was brought under the Robinson-Patman Act by a dealership regarding the client’s nationwide dealer incentive program. Sanofi Pasteur, Accor Hotels and Celgene Corporation are among other clients. Kass and Ondeck jointly chair the practice from Washington DC.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has ‘top-notch practitioners, who are focused on achieving excellent results’. Michael Scarborough is ‘a tough advocate, who is also professional and fair’, and group chair Gary Halling is ‘a pre-eminent competition attorney’. Michael Cohen is experienced in government-initiated merger litigation and strategic cases, including monopolization and joint venture claims. In 2015, Cohen acted for Twin America, the joint venture vehicle created by a merger between City Sights and Gray Line New York, against a federal district court lawsuit brought by the DOJ and New York Attorney General in a bid to unwind the merger. James McGinnis and Leo Caseria (Los Angeles) are other notable individuals in the group, which is also recommended for private litigation and class actions covering the gamut of antitrust violations. The team has particular expertise in the interplay between antitrust and intellectual property issues in the technology sector, and advises technology companies on issues such as patent pooling and licensing restraints, among other areas. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

Steven Sunshine is the global antitrust head at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where the team manages a full range of antitrust matters for US and multinational clients, including merger-related suits, class actions and opt-out cases, and other civil litigation covering the full array of alleged antitrust violations. New York-based Clifford Aronson is the firm’s head of antitrust in North America.

Steven Holley and Yvonne Quinn (both in New York) and Daryl Libow jointly head the practice at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, which handles follow-on actions arising from criminal antitrust investigations, standalone class actions (where no government investigation is involved) and private inter-competitor litigation. The firm is particularly successful in handling cutting-edge mandates for financial institutions. In a recent highlight, Libow and Amanda Flug Davidoff defended JPMorgan Chase & Co against three silver futures rigging lawsuits brought by silver futures traders. New York-based Richard Pepperman successfully represented Goldman Sachs as a defendant in a class action involving an alleged zinc price-fixing conspiracy. Recently promoted partner Joseph Matelis as well Robert Sacks and Adam Paris in Los Angeles are other key individuals in the team. Unless stated otherwise, named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has a particularly outstanding reputation for representing clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, and for advising growth enterprises, financial institutions and private equity houses. The firm provides a full-service offering to its clients and, in the antitrust litigation arena, this extends to all aspects of private antitrust litigation and class actions, as well as contentious merger clearance work. In a notable work highlight, the firm successfully represented Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical and North China Pharmaceutical Group in a landmark Second Circuit appeal concerning an alleged vitamin C price-fixing conspiracy among Chinese exporters. A central issue in this case was whether the alleged conduct was required by the Chinese government. Another key strength of the practice is in handling litigation involving a combination of antitrust and intellectual property issues. Jonathan Jacobson (New York) and Scott Sher (Washington DC) are among the names to note at the firm. Joshua Wright, who previously served as commissioner of the FTC, joined in Washington DC in 2016.

New firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has a diverse antitrust practice that benefits from the synergies created through Arnold & Porter LLP’s strengths in litigation and regulatory matters and Kaye Scholer LLP’s particularly strong track record acting for clients in the life sciences sector. Led from Washington DC by Jonathan Gleklen, the combined team handles all types of antitrust litigation for US-headquartered and international clients, such as class actions and MDLs, civil cartel defense (running parallel to government investigations, as well as follow-on actions), merger litigation and private inter-competitor matters. In addition to having a deep bench of standalone antitrust lawyers, the practice is able to call upon the expertise of other departments, and draws work from clients across a multitude of industries. James L Cooper defended CarFax against antitrust claims by 490 car dealers alleging that the client had unlawfully abused a monopoly in the market for vehicle history reports. Mark Merley and New York-based Robert Mason have undertaken a significant amount of work for Visa; recent mandates included representing the client in credit card/debit card tying cases and, separately, defending it in payment card interchange fee and merchant discount antitrust litigation. Former Kaye Scholer antitrust head Saul Morgenstern (New York), Philip Giordano and Claudia Higgins are among other recommended individuals.

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s team acts for plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving the full range of anti-competitive practices. Gregory Commins, practice head Robert Abrams, Robert Brookhiser, Danyll Foix and others represented Caterpillar as one of the co-defendants in litigation involving a number of claims made by the plaintiff (an importer of Chinese-made heavy equipment), including monopolization, exclusive dealing and group boycott. In addition to standalone business-to-business antitrust actions, it assists with class actions and MDLs, as well as contentious merger-related work. John Fornaciari, Robert Disch and Carey Busen are names to note in Washington DC, along with Commins, Abrams, Brookhiser and Foix. New York-based Torello Calvani, who made partner in 2016, and Columbus-based Mark Hatcher are also recommended.

At Crowell & Moring LLP, Shari Ross Lahlou was the lead adviser to DuPont in its successful defense against a lawsuit concerning an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the titanium dioxide industry. Lahlou also successfully defended Owens & Minor in a tying and exclusive dealing action brought by another competitor. On the plaintiff side, the firm is representing Target Corp and ViewSonic in price-fixing litigation against multiple manufacturers of CRTs. The firm also has an active merger control practice; recent work includes acting as lead counsel to Humana in the DOJ lawsuit connected with the client’s proposed $37bn merger with Aetna. Olivier Antoine, Shawn Johnson and Chahira Solh are among a number of highly regarded individuals in the team, which is spread across offices in Washington DC, New York, Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s team has a wealth of experience acting for plaintiffs and defendants from a broad cross-section of industries in high-profile antitrust disputes. US antitrust practice head Layne Kruse, who splits his time between Washington DC and Houston, led advice to Robert Bosch Tool Corp and parent company Robert Bosch Gmbh, obtaining summary judgment on the eve of the final pre-trial hearing in a case where the plaintiff SawStop had alleged the existence of a group boycott conspiracy. In a separate highlight, Kruse is working with Houston’s Darryl Anderson and San Antonio-based Mario Barrera to represent Christus Health in a highly publicized case arising from an alleged conspiracy among certain hospitals to depress nurses’ wages. HCC Insurance Holdings, Willis-Knighton Health System and Phillips 66 are other notable clients of the practice.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Jacob Sorensen is ‘an excellent lawyer who can manage large litigation whilst keeping track of a myriad of issues’. Like Sorensen, practice head Roxane Polidora is ‘knowledgeable, articulate, responsive and prepared’; both are based in San Francisco. Also recommended is New York’s Fusae Nara, who ‘makes sure the client is fully appraised of all issues and has all the available data within the timeframes specified’. The firm’s extensive practice covers, among other things, patent litigation with attendant antitrust issues, merger clearances and class actions. A key client is Safeway, which the team has been advising on several discrete lawsuits filed by independent retailers over the client’s grocery-based fuel rewards program. In another matter, senior counsel James Dick, who joined the Washington DC office in 2016 from Squire Patton Boggs, represented China Airlines in litigation arising from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the airline industry. Lincare Holdings, Sharp Corporation and Bass Pro Shops are among other clients.

Reed Smith LLP handles a full range of contentious antitrust issues for clients from sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, media and insurance. Daniel Booker, Michelle Mantine and William Sheridan are defending Davis Vision in a lawsuit brought by Acuity Vision, which claims that a requirement that optometrists exclusively use the client’s laboratories to source contact lenses violates federal and state antitrust laws. In another matter, the firm is defending Bayer Corporation in private litigation initiated by a competitor, which alleges that the client unlawfully monopolized the US market for foot-care devices. Debra Dermody leads the mainly Pittsburgh-based team, which was bolstered by the recent arrival of Bruce Blefeld, who joined in Houston from K&L Gates.

Ropes & Gray LLP acts for plaintiffs and defendants in litigation covering the full spectrum of anticompetitive practices, such as tying, price-fixing, monopolization and group boycotts, among others. Washington DC-based practice head Mark Popofsky and Boston’s Jane Willis are defending Hitachi-LG Data Services in various class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers concerning an optical disk drive price-fixing scheme. The firm has particular strength in healthcare-related antitrust work; notable highlights included acting for Questcor Pharmaceuticals (now part of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals) in Retrophin’s challenge of the client’s acquisition of the rights to Novartis’ Synacthen drug. Chong Park, a notable individual in the Washington DC office, has previous experience serving as a senior attorney at the anti-competitive practices division of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Alden Atkins and senior associate Vincent van Panhuys are representing Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways in a ‘first-checked baggage fee’ price-fixing MDL. In another matter, Houston-based Jason Powers and James Reeder and others recently defended Shrimp Improvement Systems against antitrust claims brought by competitor Global Blue Technologies that the client conspired with two foreign entities to attempt to monopolize the shrimp ‘broodstock’ market. Reeder and Craig Seebald jointly head the team, which also counts Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Joseph Giraudo and Phadia US among its clients. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

Core pillars of Williams & Connolly LLP’s practice include civil litigation associated with criminal antitrust investigations, class actions, MDLs and individual inter-competitor lawsuits. Recent mandates for the Washington DC-based practice have spanned industries such as food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and financial services. Dane Butswinkas, John Schmidtlein and others recently acted for AstraZeneca in a First Circuit appeal, In Re Nexium (Esomeprazole Magnesium) Antitrust Litigation. In the automotive arena, Schmidtlein and Samuel Bryant Davidoff are representing occupant safety systems manufacturer Takata Corporation in a price-fixing and bid-rigging MDL in the Eastern District of Michigan. Jonathan Pitt, David Zinn, Steven Kuney and Carl Metz are also recommended.

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