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James Reeder

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

Work Department

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

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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Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Within: Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP's antitrust team is particularly strong in Washington DC, Houston and San Francisco and acts for a client roster spanning a vast array of industry sectors. Alden Atkins is currently leading the advice to Southwest Airlines in a series of civil cases consolidated into multi-district litigation arising from the DOJ's investigation into the US air travel industry, where the major players are alleged to have conspired to restrict seat capacity to inflate fares. In the energy space, Houston-based practice co-head James Reeder teamed up with William Vigdor to represent Plains All American in civil litigation arising from its sale of its crude oil and gasoline terminals to an affiliate of Valero Energy. Darren Tucker, who jointly leads the team with Reeder, recently joined the firm's Washington DC office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, along with new head of government investigations Hill Wellford and counsel Greg Wells.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Vinson & Elkins LLP strengthened its offering through the hires of Darren Tucker, Hill Wellford and counsel Greg Wells from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and also promoted Lindsey Vaala to counsel. Google recently engaged the firm to handle a number of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, while William Vigdor and Houston-based James Reeder represented Plains All-American Pipeline in litigation arising from the sale of its crude oil and gasoline terminals to an affiliate of Valero Energy. In other highlights, Vigdor and senior associate David Smith advised Sunoco on its strategic divestiture of over a thousand retail fuel outlets to 7-Eleven. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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