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 > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Clients appreciate Vinson & Elkins LLP for its ‘approach which is carefully tailored in order to provide a unique, right-sized level of support for each matter at hand.‘ The team acts before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, arbitral tribunals, and appellate courts on behalf of clients from various industries, such as energy, banking, private equity, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, environmental, mining, and media/entertainment. Jim Thompson in Houston and John Wander in Dallas head up the firm’s wider litigation practice. Craig Seebald in Washington DC and Michael Holmes in Dallas lead the litigation group, with Houston’s Chris Popov and Christopher Duffy in Washington DC leading the complex commercial litigation team.

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

The antitrust team at Vinson & Elkins LLP, praised for having ‘excellent skill and experience in defending antitrust civil litigations’, is regularly sought after by clients in the energy, technology, automotive, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Darren Tucker spearheads the practice from Washington DC with extensive experience in both domestic and international competition matters including global dominance investigations. Jason Powers and Harry Reasoner are names to note in the firm’s Houston office, while head of the antitrust government investigations team Hill Wellford and cartel and price-fixing specialist Craig Seebald are based in DC.