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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


Within: Cartel

Winston & Strawn LLP features prominently in some of the largest and most high-profile US and global cartel investigations; in a recent highlight, it acted for Panasonic in the DOJ’s investigation into the capacitors market. Other recent mandates for the firm have involved areas such as optical disk drives, CRTs and rechargeable batteries. Jeffrey Kessler chairs the global antitrust practice. Paul Victor, Seth Farber, Eva Cole and of counsel James Lerner are other notable practitioners in the team. All named attorneys are based in New York. Heather Kafele joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Equally well regarded in plaintiff and defendant representations, Winston & Strawn LLP’s team has a forte in handling some of the most complex class actions and private litigation. Its varied workload spans cases involving price-fixing conspiracies and abuses of monopolies, as well as patent disputes and unfair trade practice issues. Robert Sperling (who splits his time between Chicago and New York), Elizabeth Papez (who splits her time between Washington DC and New York), James Herbison (Chicago) and Susannah Torpey (New York) are defending Goldman Sachs in an MDL connected with an alleged conspiracy by financial institutions to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities. Another cornerstone of the practice is merger litigation; in a notable healthcare industry matter, Chicago-based Dan Webb and David Dahlquist acted for NorthShore University HealthSystem in litigation brought by the FTC and the State of Illinois in order to block the client’s proposed merger with Advocate Health Care. Jeffrey Kessler chairs the firm’s global antitrust practice from New York.

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United States: Industry focus


Within: Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Kessler - Winston & Strawn LLP

Within: Sport

Winston & Strawn LLP has a particular niche in athlete representation, particularly in disputes. David Feher and Jeffrey Kessler are representing a number of current NCAA student athletes claiming that a ban on professionalism in college sports is a violation of antitrust law (Jenkins v NCAA). Away from the courtroom, the pair advised the National Basketball Players Association in its new collective bargaining agreement with the NBA; other union clients include the NFLPA, which it successfully represented in an arbitration against the league concerning the calculation of revenue for the purposes of the salary cap. In addition, the firm advises a number of sports agents and the North American Soccer League; the league alleges that US Soccer’s decision to grant it Division II rather than Division I status alongside MLS is a violation of antitrust law. David Greenspan is also a name of note in the New York-based practice.

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