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United States: Antitrust
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Representing defendants as well as corporate plaintiffs, Winston & Strawn LLP is singled out for its diverse client base. Jeffrey Kessler, David Greenspan and David Feher, all based in New York, are representing a group of college football and basketball athletes in a landmark antitrust suit challenging the limits placed under NCAA rules on remuneration of athletes on athletic scholarships. On the defense side, Robert Sperling, who splits his time between Chicago and New York, and Elizabeth Papez, who splits her time between Washington DC and New York, acted for Goldman Sachs in the CDS antitrust litigation encompassing several putative nationwide class actions alleging a conspiracy between global financial institutions to manipulate the CDS market and block new entrants. Verizon Wireless and TreeHouse Foods are also clients.
United States: Industry focus
Clients note that Winston & Strawn LLP’s reputation, particularly that of the ‘tenacious’ Jeffrey Kessler, ‘goes a long way in sending a message that you are serious and willing to fight’. The New York based team has a pre-eminent practice acting for players’ associations and was well positioned to advise on some of the headline matters of 2015, such as its involvement in ‘Deflategate’. Kessler, David Greenspan and Steffen Johnson represented the NFL Players Association in litigation against the NFL overturning the four-game ban imposed upon quarterback Tom Brady pertaining to tampered footballs in a game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts; the firm is now handling the appeal. Player disciplinary cases have become something of a niche for the firm in recent years and, prior to the Brady case, the firm acted for the Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy in arbitration proceedings appealing a ten-game suspension for an alleged violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy; the ban was reduced to four games. In another high-profile matter, the firm is handling antitrust proceedings for a group of college athletes in a case filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Authority (NCAA) and five top collegiate sports conferences, alleging that the defendants restrained competition for players’ services; the matter is being led by Kessler, Greenspan and David Feher, who is ‘good on the details’.