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Derek Ludwin advises domestic and international clients on their most important and complex antitrust litigation, criminal cartel and civil government investigations, ventures, licensing, and compliance issues. Mr. Ludwin has significant experience helping clients successfully navigate high-profile civil litigation, international antitrust cartel matters, and other government investigations, and has built a record of achieving positive outcomes. He provides global strategic advice on amnesty and other defense considerations in multi-jurisdictional investigations, devises effective strategies to manage internal investigations and follow-on lawsuits, and helps clients minimize the impact of these matters on their business operations. Mr. Ludwin represents leading clients in the sports, electronics, defense, aviation, education, and manufacturing industries. His clients recommend him for his antitrust litigation skills, his focus on client interests, his pragmatic approach to favorably and promptly resolving disputes, and his ability to work effectively with both business and in-house legal teams.
In his previous role as the Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Mr. Ludwin was responsible for various transportation, juvenile justice, and science-related issues.
New York University School of Law, J.D., 2000 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, NYU Law Review - Executive Editor). Yale University, B.A., 1994
United States: Antitrust
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Covington & Burling LLP combines ‘strong industry knowledge’ with ‘fast response times’ to provide a ‘high level of service’. The team’s comprehensive antitrust capabilities extend to acting in high-profile trials, with Robert Wick successfully defending on appeal Samsung Electronics’ notable victory against Motorola in the latter’s cartel price-fixing allegations against a group of LCD display manufacturers. On the class action side, Derek Ludwin is representing the San Francisco 49ers in a suit brought against the NFL team by its ticketholders alleging anti-competitive ticket distribution arrangements, while a cross-office team, which includes Emily Johnson Henn in Silicon Valley, is acting for Walt Disney and others in defending a putative class action filed by animation studio employees alleging unlawful agreements not to cold-call each other’s employees. Key contact and practice co-chair Deborah Garza also featured in this matter. All individuals named are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.
United States: Industry focus
Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘first-class’ team has a stellar reputation in the industry - as evidenced by the number of alumni to have served as Commissioner or General Counsel of the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) - and its experience cuts across all areas of sports law. ‘Class act’ Peter Zern and the ‘very impressive’ Douglas Gibson are ‘among the best’ for sports media work: Zern assisted the NHL with negotiating the rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey for US and international markets, while Gibson assisted the NFL with renewing its contract with CBS for Thursday Night Football. The firm continues to serve as principal outside counsel to the NFL and Derek Ludwin is defending the client in antitrust litigation challenging the league’s television broadcast distribution agreements. Tax expert Jeremy Spector is leading advice to the same client on the challenge to its tax-exempt status. Bruce Wilson has a highly regarded international practice, while Benjamin Block, Gregg Levy and Paul Tagliabue are also key names in the Washington DC-based team.