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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Antitrust & Competition


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

(Leading lawyers)

James MutchnikKirkland & 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

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James MutchnikKirkland & Ellis LLP

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.

United States > Antitrust > Merger control

Kirkland & Ellis LLP takes on both US and foreign mergers clearances, hence filing numerous HSR notifications as well as handling second requests on a regular basis. ‘Exceptionally knowledgeable and strategic’ antitrust teams in Chicago, New York, Washington DC and Dallas work closely with the firm’s M&A department to handle antitrust aspects of transactions. Practice strength is evenly balanced across locations: Washington DC fields Matthew Reilly, healthcare expert Marin Boney and Michael DeRita. Katherine Rocco, global transactional practice co-head Ian John and Peter McCormack are all located in New York. Chicago is James Mutchnik‘s playing field, which includes a white-collar crime defense practice in addition to antitrust merger advice. The Dallas office recently received a significant boost with the arrival of Sean Royall and Olivia Adendorff from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in November 2019. Richard Cunningham relocated to Washington DC.