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Latham & Watkins LLP
SUITE 2000
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-6538
United States
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Chris Yates, a partner in Latham & Watkins’ San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, litigates and tries precedent-setting antitrust cases in courts across the United States.

Mr. Yates regularly counsels and represents clients at the forefront of the sports, technology, travel, healthcare, and life sciences industries. Drawing on more than two decades of litigation and trial experience, he routinely achieves success for clients facing a variety of cutting-edge antitrust and competition issues, including:

  • Consumer class actions
  • Challenges to sports governing bodies
  • IP-related antitrust claims
  • Distribution and pricing policies
  • Industry standard-setting and related claims of anticompetitive collusion or monopolization
  • Alleged aftermarket monopolization

Mr. Yates has successfully argued in federal trial courts throughout the country, including New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Delaware, and California, and has won appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and other appellate courts.

Mr. Yates previously served as Global Vice Chair of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice.


Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

Christopher YatesLatham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s ‘depth and experience distinguishes them from other competitors’ in the antitrust and competition space, according to a client. Class actions and civil litigation are handled with particular expertise in two of the firm’s US locations: Washington DC and San Francisco. Amanda Reeves chairs the department from DC, where the group is well respected for its DOJ and FTC expertise, and Jennifer Giordano engages in cases at both trial and appellate level. On the West Coast, the focus lies on high-tech litigation, where the firm houses a deep bench of specialists including Christopher Yates who regularly represents blue-chip clients and sports organization, as well as Daniel Wall whose experience spans a variety of sectors and unfair competition claims. In March 2021, Ian Conner joined the firm’s DC office, having previously served as director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC and bringing to bear vast expertise pertaining to the pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare sectors, among others.