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Mayer Brown

1999 K STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1101, USA
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Carmine Zarlenga

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Mayer Brown

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Carmine Zarlenga is a seasoned advocate who has handled a wide variety of complex antitrust, commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. During a career of over 20 years, he has appeared in over 50 different state and federal courts across the United States on behalf of some of the largest national and international companies in the world. He is recognized as a Washington DC "Super Lawyer." Carmine's litigation experience ranges from large, complex class actions with claimed damages in excess of $1 billion and attendant publicity to smaller, private disputes. He has handled matters involving antitrust, contract, fraud, business torts, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, intellectual property and false advertising. In addition, he regularly counsels leading companies on marketing, distribution, pricing and other trade practice matters. He also has substantial arbitration and mediation experience, and has directly negotiated settlements in numerous litigation and non-litigation matters. In matters requiring litigation, he has examined, cross-examined and defended witnesses including CEOs and CFOs. He has worked with (and against) nationally renowned experts in the fields of economics, finance, marketing, accounting and forensics. Clients place a high value on Carmine's strategic insight. He frequently counsels corporate boards and senior corporate management on litigation and non-litigation matters. He takes great pride in finding innovative solutions to the most challenging and varied legal problems.


Ohio State University, BA, cum laude 1981 University of Cincinnati College of Law , JD 1984 University of Cincinnati Law Review, Student Articles Editor (1982-1983)

United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Within: Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Mayer Brown’s practice is led by Mark Ryan, who was the first-ever director of litigation at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. The team has an excellent record of securing summary judgments and appellate victories at US federal and state level. Andrew Marovitz and Britt Miller, who are located in Chicago, are defending Lear Corporation against direct, indirect and public entity purchaser putative class actions connected with alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging by manufacturers of automotive wire harnesses and related components. Elsewhere, litigated merger challenges are another pillar of the practice; William Stallings, Ryan and others acted for CNH Industrial as the initial complainant in the DOJ’s lawsuit against Deere & Company’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto. Other notable practitioners include Carmine Zarlenga and Adam Hudes. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Mayer Brown’s 17-strong product liability and mass torts practice is experienced in the tobacco, electronics, food and beverages sectors and stands out for being ‘extremely knowledgeable about the substance of food labeling issues’. Led by practice co-head and ‘committed subject matter expertDale Giali in Los Angeles, the team defended Kind in 12 consumer class actions related to misleading labeling claims on snack bar products. In other work, ‘excellent’ New York-based co-head Lauren Goldman continues to act as national counsel for Philip Morris in consumer fraud and health-related lawsuits and, separately, represents the client in several Engle Progeny cases. Nestle, Whirlpool and Chobani are also part of the firm’s client roster. Carmine Zarlenga co-heads the practice in Washington DC.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Mayer Brown’s group is known for its strong international reach. New York-based group head John Mancini and Washington DC-based Carmine Zarlenga continue to advise Nestlé in various disputes, including opposition proceedings brought against third-party users of its mark in foreign jurisdictions. Mancini as well as Emily Nash and Kristine Young in Chicago have been acting for Nespresso in various trademark and trade dress disputes brought against a number of competitors. The group also includes Allison Levine Stillman in New York and Richard Assmus in Chicago.

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