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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 4

Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP's Kent Gardiner and practice co-head Shari Ross Lahlou are currently defending CSX Transportation in a consolidated group of putative class actions filed by purchasers of rail freight services. In other highlights, counsel Luke Van Houweling is part of the team representing Marriott in a class action brought against major hotel companies alleging they conspired to hinder competition from online platforms such as Expedia and Priceline by agreeing not to bid on each others' brands or online search engine advertising keywords. In Los Angeles, practice co-head Jason Murray and counsel Jordan Ludwig are acting for two Kaiser entities in a suit brought by a rival hospital group claiming the client is trying to monopolize the health insurance market in Solano County, California by underpaying for the emergency care that Kaiser's health plan members receive in the plaintiff's hospitals. Alexis Gilman and Juan Arteaga recently joined from from the FTC and DOJ, respectively. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 2

Crowell & Moring LLP

The merger control team at Crowell & Moring LLP is praised for its 'very pragmatic approach and good sense for business and economic issues'. The team 'truly takes the time to understand its clients' risk tolerance, interests and overall objectives' and was recently strengthened by the arrival of Juan Arteaga from the DOJ in New York, and Alexis Gilman from the FTC in Washington DC. The 'very smooth and likable' Wm. Randolph Smith 'works very hard' and recently collaborated with practice co-heads Shawn Johnson and Shari Ross Lahlou and New York's 'excellent, responsive and pragmatic' Olivier Antoine to defend AT&T in litigation challenging its vertical merger with Time Warner. United Technologies recently appointed the group to oversee its $30bn acquisition of Rockwell Collins, and Humana engaged a team led by Johnson to clear two recent private equity-backed acquisitions in the healthcare space. Counsel Megan Wolf 'always has a great grasp of the details' and is also a name to note. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise stated.

Rising stars

Megan Wolf - Crowell & Moring LLP

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 1

Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP has expertise across all major industry sectors, but is especially well known for matters related to defense and aerospace, and services clients such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, United Technologies and Siemens. In a representative matter, the team acted for Valiant in its $135m acquisition of Cubic Global Defense Services, conducting due diligence; the transaction was significant because, among other things, 3,500 employees were added to Valiant’s headcount across 10 different countries, resulting in a total of more than 5,000 employees. In another matter, the group helped a major international construction conglomerate avoid suspension and debarment by a federal agency. Daniel Forman and Peter Eyre jointly lead the practice. David Robbins is a key name when it comes to investigations, suspension and debarment. Robert Burton is known for his public procurement expertise. David Bodenheimer and senior counsel Thomas Humphrey stand out for bid protest matters, and senior counsel Terry Albertson is noted for his cost and pricing knowledge. Adelicia Cliffe and Lorraine Campos are also key names. Jacinta Alves was promoted to partner in January 2019. Alves' practice focuses on counseling and representing companies in internal and government investigations. Anuj Vohra is a recent arrival, having joined from Covington & Burling LLP in February 2018.

Leading lawyers

Daniel Forman - Crowell & Moring LLP

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