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Craig Seebald

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

Work Department

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP's recent cartel work includes advising Hitachi on its involvement in the DOJ's global criminal investigation into the auto parts industry, and acting for a Chinese chemical company and its US subsidiary regarding its receipt of a grand jury subpoena emerging from a DOJ investigation. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Darren Tucker, Hill Wellford and counsel Greg Wells from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Other key names include Craig Seebald, Houston-based James Reeder, head of merger investigations William Vigdor and Lindsey Vaala, who was recently promoted to counsel. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Vinson & Elkins LLP has an active litigation and trials practice; from its multiple offices, its lawyers litigate high-stakes cases around the country. Illustrating the firm's solid reputation in the energy sector and its trial capabilities, the firm was retained by Energy Transfer Equity to defend its right to terminate the company's proposed merger with Williams, which was claiming $10bn in damages; the team – which included Michael Holmes, John Wander and Craig Zieminski – was successful in both Delaware Chancery Court and Supreme Court. Jim Thompson is the head of the firm's litigation practice, and Craig Seebald co-heads the complex commercial litigation group with Wander.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Contentious oil and gas matters are managed by the complex commercial litigation team at Vinson & Elkins LLP; this is jointly led by Jim Thompson (Houston), John Wander (Dallas), Craig Seebald (DC) and Guy Lipe (Houston). Notable clients of the practice include Anadarko Petroleum and Occidental Petroleum. Significant work included Houston-based Patrick Mizell and others obtaining a dismissal of $400m in alleged fraud claims brought against international energy trading company Vitol; this involved representation at courts of appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Mizell also leads in representing Apache Corporation in several climate change lawsuits in the Northern District of California; the plaintiffs are Californian municipalities seeking $2bn in damages for a predicted future rise in sea level. Also recommended are Mark Rodriguez (Houston), Matthew Stammel (Dallas) and Phillip Dye (Houston). Austin-based commercial litigator Marisa Secco  was promoted to the partnership.

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Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in the context of conventional energy regulatory work. Besides assisting clients with obtaining FERC approvals for asset transactions, the energy regulatory group also represents them in cost-of-service rate cases, administrative litigation and investigations carried out by FERC's Office of Enforcement. Jim Thompson (Houston), John Wander (Dallas) and Craig Seebald (DC) are the joint heads of the team. A group led by Jo Ann Biggs (Dallas) and John Decker (DC) assisted an electrical transmission and distribution company with the preparation of change-of-control filings demanded by FERC followings its successful change-of-control transaction with Sempra Energy; this transaction was one which the firm had previously handled in the context of Energy Future Holdings' bankruptcy. Other noteworthy clients include Pattern Energy Group Holdings and Tyr Energy. Matt Henry departed for an in-house position in March 2018. Myles Reynolds and Tab Urbantke joined Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in June 2018 and July 2018 respectively.

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