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Winston & Strawn LLP

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Jeffrey Kessler

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Winston & Strawn

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Litigation; Antitrust/Competition Practice


United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Within: Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Winston & Strawn LLP blends the experience of seasoned practitioners, such as Jeffrey Kessler and Paul Victor, with its emerging talent, which includes Eva Cole, Jeffrey Amato and Elizabeth Papez (who divides her time between the Washington DC and New York offices). The firm has carved out a strong reputation in US antitrust litigation thanks to its prominence in high-profile class action litigation and individual actions. The firm is currently defending Discover Financial Services in a putative class action, in which it is alleged that the client and three other credit card companies unlawfully conspired to shift fraud liability to merchants, notwithstanding complications over the rollout of a new security chip system. In 2017, another matter involved acting for Goldman Sachs in a putative class action claiming the client conspired with certain trading platforms to restrain competition in the stock loan market. Heather Kafele and Keith Palfin joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Ian Papendick and Sean Meenan (who are located in San Francisco), Martin Geagan and Chicago-based Joseph Motto made partner. Named individuals are based in Washington DC or New York, except where otherwise stated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International litigation

Within: International litigation

Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘first class’, according to one client, who praises the firm’s ‘trial-minded approach and strong track record in the courtroom’. Chicago-based Stephen D’Amore and George Lombardi chair the litigation department, which has a strong track record in high-stakes, high-profile cross-border matters. The firm’s highlights included GolTV, Inc, et al v Fox Sports Latin America Ltd, et al, which alleged violations of the RICO statute and of antitrust laws as well as unfair trade practices; and the defense of Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash in an FCPA matter. One client describes Jeffrey Kessler as ‘the most effective advocate I have ever seen in action’, and David Feher is lauded as ‘an excellent lawyer with particularly good judgment on how to approach strategy’; both are based in New York.

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United States: Industry focus


Within: Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Kessler - Winston & Strawn LLP

Within: Sport

Winston & Strawn LLP has acted in some of the leading sports disputes affecting the industry over the past decade, including antitrust suits regulating the free agency and salary cap systems in the NFL and the National Basketball Association (NBA), NCAA player litigation and NFL arbitrations and litigations involving player discipline. Highlights included David Feher and Jeffrey Kessler representing the North American Soccer League in an antitrust suit in federal court alleging that the US Soccer Federation, FIFA’s regional arm in the country, had violated federal antitrust law by conspiring to exclude competitor leagues from Division I status. The firm is also able to utilise its advertising, marketing and entertainment law expertise, notably negotiating a multi-year sideline sponsorship agreement for Bose with the NFL. Sport and antitrust specialist David Greenspan is another name of name in the New York-based practice.

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