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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


James Mutchnik represents corporate and individual clients in antitrust, white-collar crime and commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States and before a variety of federal and state investigative agencies. In the antitrust area, he litigates various matters, from alleged price fixing to price discrimination, and represents clients in dealing with antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He counsels a wide range of small and large companies in diverse industries on pricing, marketing, distribution and dealer termination issues.


University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1986. Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1989.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

James MutchnikKirkland & Ellis LLP

A client describes Kirkland & Ellis LLP as the ‘best in business’ in the class action antitrust space, praising the firm for its ‘thoughtful, pragmatic, and effective’ approach. Monopolization, pricing disputes, unfair competition, intellectual property, and price discrimination are among the issues covered by the team and are also Chicago-based James Mutchnik‘s areas of focus. Daniel Laytin, also located in Chicago, represents defendants in high-stakes class action and civil litigation matters across the US. The firm has recently expanded its team with the arrivals of antitrust and competition attorney Andrea Agathoklis Murino and litigation specialist Matthew Wheatley, who both joined the Washington DC office in early 2021 from GoodwinChrista Cottrell, who also forms part of the firm’s Chicago bench, has litigated complex class actions for clients such as General Motors and Sanderson Farms, among others.

United States > Antitrust > Cartel

(Hall of Fame)

James MutchnikKirkland & Ellis LLP

Offering significant agency experience, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is adept in representing clients in a broad range of industries throughout government cartel investigations and associated litigation, with a focus on price-fixing, monopolization, generic drugs and intellectual property. The firm represents parties in key cartel investigations, most notably acting for AbbVie in ongoing FTC litigation relating to anticompetitive conduct in the generics space, and also has notable capabilities in cartel investigations into private equity portfolio companies, assisting many of the firm’s leading PE fund clients. Senior names in the team include the experienced Chicago-based duo of James Mutchnik, a go-to counsel for government and internal investigations, international cartel litigation, and criminal proceedings arising from cartel allegations, and Daniel Laytin, a specialist litigator regularly involved in civil and criminal cartel cases. The team’s expertise in media and telecoms work was bolstered by the arrival of Scott Scheele, who joined the Washington DC office in December 2021, having served as head of the Antitrust Division’s Media, Entertainment and Communications Section.