Mr Richard Cunningham > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States


Richard H. Cunningham’s practice focuses on antitrust and consumer protection law. Rich has extensive experience securing clearance for deals from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ), navigating FTC and DOJ investigations, and representing clients in government, competitor, and class action litigation involving antitrust and/or consumer protection claims.

Rich began his legal career at the FTC, serving as a Staff Attorney and then as Senior Trial Counsel in the Bureau of Competition. At the FTC, Rich was a senior member of multiple litigation/trial teams, including in FTC v. OSF Healthcare System, FTC v. ProMedica, FTC v. LabCorp, and FTC v. Inova Health System, and the landmark FTC v. Whole Foods merger enforcement case. Rich also led high-profile FTC investigations that resulted in consent decrees/settlements, including DaVita/Gambro, Thermo Electron/Fisher Scientific, and Agilent/Varian. Rich received several awards during his tenure at the FTC, including the Director’s Award in 2008 and 2010 for exceptional contributions to the Bureau of Competition and the Stephen Nye Award in 2007 for outstanding performance by a junior attorney.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields a team of attorneys with deep experience in defending clients against antitrust claims asserted by a wide variety of competitors, direct purchasers and consumer classes. With offices across the country, the group handles the full range of antitrust claims relating to cartels, monopolization, pricing disputes, unfair competition, price discrimination, intellectual property and merger-related litigation. Located in the Chicago office, James Mutchnik, Daniel Laytin and Christa Cottrell are the key names to note; the three are all active in antitrust trials and litigation across a range of sectors. Richard Cunningham in Washington DC and Sean Royall, who divides time between Dallas and Washington DC, focus on matters at the intersection of consumer protection and antitrust law.