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James Reeder

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Antitrust

Position

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

  • 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

Education

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

Cartel

Within: Cartel

James Reeder in Houston and Craig Seebald head Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team, which is representing Hitachi Automotive Systems in a DOJ investigation into the auto parts industry (this DOJ investigation is also being coordinated with antitrust authorities in Canada, Japan and the EU). The group also assists clients with investigations initiated by the FTC, state attorneys general and foreign antitrust agencies. Huntsman International, Phadia US and TriStar Investors are among the firm’s notable clients in this space.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Alden Atkins and senior associate Vincent van Panhuys are representing Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways in a ‘first-checked baggage fee’ price-fixing MDL. In another matter, Houston-based Jason Powers and James Reeder and others recently defended Shrimp Improvement Systems against antitrust claims brought by competitor Global Blue Technologies that the client conspired with two foreign entities to attempt to monopolize the shrimp ‘broodstock’ market. Reeder and Craig Seebald jointly head the team, which also counts Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Joseph Giraudo and Phadia US among its clients. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Vinson & Elkins LLP is ‘excellent on all fronts’ for merger review work. Neil Imus combines ‘deep experience in HSR filings and antitrust concerns’ with ‘a very measured approach to a tough negotiation’. William Vigdor is another highly regarded individual in the team, which is jointly headed by Craig Seebald and James Reeder. Imus assisted LSB Industries with the antitrust aspects of the $364m sale of its climate control business to NIBE Industrier. Vigdor and Seebald are based in Washington DC, and Reeder is based in Houston.

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