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 > Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is historically known for its involvement in high-profile advertising cases, in which the team showcases strong litigation skills at any level of justice and in multiple contexts, including the NAD and the National Advertising Review Board. In Chicago, practice head Ross Weisman has IP expertise and longstanding experience in advertising and promotions law, especially defending and challenging advertising claims in federal court under the Lanham Act. Also in Chicago, Robin McCue often co-leads on matters with Weisman and specializes in false advertising litigation. In Washington DC, Gregg LoCascio is particularly recognized for his technical capabilities. As a former staff attorney of the FTC, DC-based Richard Cunningham  is also a name to note in this area.