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Jim is co-chair of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group, and his primary practice area is antitrust and business litigation. He has extensive experience in counseling clients on antitrust matters. Although his antitrust practice extends to many industries, including the commercial aviation, energy, and entertainment industries, he also has extensive antitrust experience in the healthcare and chemical industries. He has advised clients on numerous occasions regarding claims of price-fixing, group boycott, exclusive dealing, tying, monopolization, discriminatory pricing, and conspiracy. He has also advised clients on the antitrust implications of mergers, contracting decisions, and group and discount purchasing arrangements. Jim has defended clients in litigation involving these antitrust issues as well.
Jim also has extensive experience in defending accountants and attorneys in professional liability litigation. Specifically, he has represented both major national accounting firms and smaller local and regional firms in litigation brought by clients and non-clients who claim to have been injured after having sought the benefits of the accounting firm's tax or audit services or relied upon its advice.
Jim has also handled matters and tried complex commercial litigation cases involving claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of federal and state securities laws. Jim was one of the leaders of the trial team that successfully developed the current law related to the enforcement of material adverse effect clauses in the merger context. Jim has also represented clients in internal investigations involving misappropriation of assets.
- Member: Antitrust Section, State Bar of Texas; Antitrust Section, Houston Bar Association; American Health Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association: Member, Antitrust Section, Health Law Section, Litigation Section (Chair, Healthcare Litigation Committee, 2004-2005; Managing Director, 2006-2007; Counsel, 2007-2010; Budget Officer, 2011-2013)
- Founder: Law Explorer Committee, Houston Young Lawyers Association (outstanding committee chair award, 1989-1990)
- Advisory Board: Houston Hospice and Palliative Care System; Teach for America
- Board of Directors: The Jung Center of Houston
- Board of Trustees: Legacy Community Health System
- Board of Trustees: San Jacinto Museum of History Association
Jim graduated from Harvard University, A.B. with honors in 1984, and The University of Texas, J.D. with honors in 1989. Admitted to Texas Bar in 1989.
United States: Antitrust
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.
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.