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Antitrust and Competition
Gary Halling is the Practice Group Leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Antitrust and Competition Group. Mr. Halling was formerly with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he was a trial attorney in the General Litigation Section from 1976-1981.
Mr. Halling specializes in complex business litigation with emphasis on antitrust and unfair competition matters. He has extensive experience in civil and criminal antitrust matters involving both federal and state enforcement agencies. Chambers USA noted that he brings "instant credibility into the courtroom" and is a "straightforward, no-nonsense, upstanding lawyer."
Member, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association; Member, Antitrust Section, State Bar Association of California
J.D., University of San Francisco, 1975, Articles Editor, Law Review; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1972, cum laude; Externship: Law Clerk, Justice Louis H. Burke, California Supreme Court, 1974
United States: Antitrust
With offices on the east and west coasts, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has made a name for itself defending companies and executives in major DOJ investigations into the autoparts industry. While the firm remains very active in this particular sector, it has also been involved in investigations into the building materials and financial services industries. The firm recently put an emphasis on corporate compliance programs, with Donald Klawiter in Washington DC presenting the risks of cartel conduct to Japanese executives and legal departments. Previously working at Paul Hastings LLP, Michael Cohen joined the San Francisco office. Gary Halling heads the department.
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s work for key client Samsung Electronics reflects the antitrust practice’s breadth of expertise. Matters handled for the client recently include cartel investigations, price-fixing class actions and - highlighting a key strength of the practice - the defense of an antitrust and IP cross-over action alleging an illegal group licensing boycott in the smartphone market. MasterCard and Expert Network Consultants are also clients. The department is spread across the firm’s California and Washington DC offices and key contacts include group head Gary Halling, the ‘professional, honest, approachable and highly regarded’ Michael Scarborough, and James McGinnis. The addition of former Paul Hastings LLP practice chair Michael Cohen in San Francisco has further enhanced the team’s healthcare sector and merger clearance capabilities.