Craig Seebald > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-1701
United States
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Craig is a partner in the Antitrust Group in Washington, DC. With over 20 years of antitrust experience, Craig is well positioned to represent clients in all areas of antitrust law, including criminal defense, class action litigation, and merger investigations.

His experience spans a wide range of industries, including technology, aerospace and defense, semiconductors, transportation, consumer products, and energy, among many others.

A key area of Craig’s practice is defending multinational companies in cartel and price-fixing investigations. He has successfully defended companies in grand jury investigations and coordinated the defense of multijurisdiction cartel investigations. Craig has also represented clients in obtaining amnesty from the Department of Justice, and has successfully defended companies in state and federal class actions in cartel cases.

Another key area of Craig’s practice is representing clients in antitrust matters involving intellectual property. He has counseled clients on patent pools, standard setting, patent acquisition, and licensing. He has litigated several antitrust cases involving patent pools, licensing agreements, standard setting, and the enforcement of invalid patents.

Craig serves as Managing Partner of the Washington, DC, office, is Co-Chair of the firm-wide Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Lawyer Rankings

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

With a strong foothold in the chemicals, agriculture, and heavy industry sectors, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s antitrust practice stands out for its strong track record advising its clients in large multidistrict litigations and class actions. Key names in the team include practice co-head Craig Seebald, in Washington DC, who also co-heads the firm’s litigation and regulatory offering, and antitrust co-heads Hill Wellford, a former Antitrust Division trial lawyer, and Jason Powers, based in Washington DC and Houston, respectively. Seebald’s broad practice focuses on defending multinational corporations in cartel and price-fixing investigations and subsequent follow-on litigation, while Powers has particular expertise in the energy and oil and gas industries. Washington DC’s Stephen Medlock is a key contact for multidistrict class actions alleging monopolization and has notable experience acting on both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s sides. In San Francisco, Dylan Ballard and Mike Scarborough handle Sherman and Clayton Act cases and competitor-on-competitor litigation, respectively.

United States > Antitrust > Cartel

With considerable growth in recent years, Vinson & Elkins LLP is highlighted by clients for offering ‘years of experience and great teamwork’, and is well placed to handle a varied caseload for clients from industries such as technology, automotive, airline, financial services and transportation. Hill Wellford and Houston-based Jason Powers jointly head the group, with Wellford acting in many of the firm’s international mandates, and Powers offering a specialism in energy-related matters. Craig Seebald co-leads the firm’s litigation and regulatory practice, with his capabilities encompassing multijurisdictional cartel investigations and follow-on litigation. Darren Tucker specializes in investigations in the technology, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. In San Francisco, Michael Scarborough and Dylan Ballard are experienced trial lawyers, who frequently represent domestic and international clients in proceedings involving federal and state enforcement agencies. Unless stated otherwise, mentioned lawyers are based in Washington DC.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s caseload includes a broad range of commercial disputes which the group handles on behalf of a diverse client base that encompasses companies in the  energy, banking, private equity, pharma, and automotive sectors, among many others. Three lawyers comprise the leadership group: Houston’s Jim Thompson co-heads the litigation department alongside Washington DC-based Craig Seebald. The complex commercial litigation team is led by Chris Popov in Houston. Christopher Duffy left the firm.