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Craig Seebald

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Antitrust

Position

Craig serves as a leader of Vinson & Elkins' Antitrust Group. He focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust law, including defending companies involved in government investigations, defending mergers and joint ventures before the antitrust agencies, providing antitrust counseling, and representing clients in civil and criminal litigation.

A key area of Craig’s practice is defending companies involved in cartel and price fixing investigations. He has successfully defended companies in grand jury investigations and coordinated the defense of multi-jurisdiction cartel investigations. He has also represented clients in obtaining amnesty from the Department of Justice. He has successfully defended companies in state and federal class actions in cartel cases.

Another key area of Craig’s practice is representing clients in antitrust matters involving intellectual property. He has counseled clients on patent pools, standard setting, patent acquisition, and licensing. He has litigated several antitrust cases involving patent pools, licensing agreements, standard setting, and the enforcement of invalid patents.

Craig also has successfully defended large-scale acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and other collaborations before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense. In addition, Craig regularly counsels clients on distribution issues.

Craig has been ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2009 - 2012. Clients note that Craig impresses with “his in-depth knowledge of our business and the issues we confront.” He has also been recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers for antitrust litigation in 2012 and 2013.

Education

Craig graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1989 and the National Law Center at George Washington University (with honors) in 1992. He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1992 and the DC bar in 1993.


United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

The level of service in Vinson & Elkins LLP’s antitrust group is rated as ‘excellent’, with ‘very short response times’. The firm represented Southwest Airlines in sprawling federal and state government investigations and litigation with regard to allegations that major airlines have conspired to restrict capacity in order to maintain higher prices. Craig Seebald is recommended and co-heads the department out of Houston alongside James Reeder.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

At Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston-based James Reeder and Washington DC-based Alden Atkins were involved in several high-profile disputes including a range antitrust claims. Atkins is defending Southwest Airlines in numerous civil lawsuits filed following government investigations into an alleged conspiracy by major airlines to restrict capacity in order to maintain higher ticket prices. Reeder, who jointly heads the practice with Craig Seebald, is acting for HeartBrand Beef in private litigation brought by a competitor seeking to invalidate a contract for the purchase of Akaushi cattle and alleging that the beef supplier had attempted to monopolize this specific cattle market. Hitachi and Huntsman International are also clients.

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United States: Dispute resolution

White-collar criminal defense

Within: White-collar criminal defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP acts for clients in relation to FCPA investigations by the SEC and DOJ, FCA litigation, and internal investigations. San Francisco-based practice co-head Matthew Jacobs, along with Washington DC’s Craig Seebald and others, advised Hitachi on a number of matters, including a DOJ investigation into alleged international price fixing. Washington DC-based Craig Margolis defended engineering company KBR in multiple qui tam cases, including one filed by a former subcontracts administrator who accused the company of suppressing competition for subcontracts and thereby defrauding the US government. Margolis also represented technology distributor Avnet in a qui tam FCA case relating to the provision of telecoms products and services to schools and libraries in Texas. Washington DC-based practice co-head William Lawler has expertise in handling major anti-corruption cases.

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