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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Dan Laytin represents clients in high-profile commercial, antitrust and class action litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. In the antitrust area, he regularly litigates conspiracy and monopolization cases arising in both commercial and class action contexts, and counsels clients on distribution, pricing and competitor collaboration issues.


Past Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Antitrust Section.


University of Michigan, A.B., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995; University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1998.

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

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Daniel LaytinKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP defends clients against antitrust claims asserted by competitors, direct purchasers and consumer classes alike. The matter portfolio ranges from alleged cartel, monopolization, unfair competition and price discrimination violations to pricing disputes and issues related to intellectual property. In Chicago, James Mutchnik is often retained to defend alleged price-fixing and monopolization. Daniel Laytin works at the same office and adds Robinson-Patman Act challenges to the team’s offering. Cementing the team’s strength in Chicago, Barack Echols is particularly adept at handling price-discrimination suits, consumer fraud matters and contract disputes. Yet another Chicago-based partner, Christa Cottrell is also active in antitrust trials and litigation, for instance for healthcare clients. In November 2019, the firm was joined by a trio from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP: Richard Cunningham in Washington DC, Olivia Adendorff in Dallas, and Sean Royall who splits his time between both aforementioned locations to strengthen the team in Texas.

United States > Antitrust > Cartel

Kirkland & Ellis LLP covers the full spread of government antitrust investigation work, in particular for clients from manufacturing, healthcare, shipping and consumer goods sectors. The firm’s most eminent antitrust practitioners James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin are both stationed in Chicago and focus on litigation alongside their investigation work. With locations in Texas as well as on the East and West Coast, the department has recently expanded its presence in two offices: The firm’s Dallas office was strengthened significantly by the arrival of Sean Royall and Olivia Adendorff, who joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in November 2019 along with their Washington DC-based colleague Richard Cunningham.