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Antitrust and International Competition
Michael Cohen is a partner with Antitrust and International Competition Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.
After beginning his career in law enforcement as an Assistant Special Prosecutor, Mr. Cohen has practiced all dimensions of competition law defending multinational clients without borders across continents in business conduct cases and investigations. He is among a short list of lawyers who have successfully defended mergers through trial and appeal in the United States, including serving as co-lead counsel to Western Refining in its acquisition of Giant Industries, which proceeded from complaint through trial in twenty-one days and through appeal in less than fourteen days. His practice includes concentrated experience representing clients in high tech, software, oil and gas, heavy manufacturing, food processing, broadcast, digital media, and healthcare industries. In addition, he helped pioneer a novel trade regulation practice area bridging environmental organizations and stakeholders with industry in sustainability joint ventures. Chambers USA noted that “he is a well-regarded antitrust practitioner who is credited by clients for being ‘very thoughtful and willing to bounce ideas around.’" Mr. Cohen is a professor at the Monterey College of Law, where he teaches core curriculum courses in Constitutional Law and Business Organizations. He also hosts the BizLaw and VoiceAmerica network International Business Corner segment of On the Law, a syndicated radio program reaching more than 1,100 stations across the world (including more than 300 across the United States).
J.D., Washington and Lee University - School of Law, 1990, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Lead Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review; B.A., Virginia Tech, 1987
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.