Alden Atkins > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-1701
United States

Work Department

Commercial & Business Litigation




Alden’s three-decade legal career as a trial lawyer focuses mainly on antitrust litigation—usually class actions—and arbitrations, many of which are international. No matter the type of case, most of his matters involve enormous stakes where the future of a company is on the line. Under this pressure, Alden is meticulous at parsing the most complicated facts to create compelling and often novel arguments. In fact, one of Alden’s most well-known engagements was successfully representing a key player in the Whitewater investigation. He has tried cases in federal and state courts and arbitrations around the world.

Alden has represented clients across a spectrum of industries, including airlines, auto parts, banking and finance, communications, computers, energy, LNG, government contracting, polymers, railroads and other forms of transportation. Many of his arbitration cases involve disputes arising in joint ventures to build substantial infrastructure projects like power plants or liquefied natural gas facilities.

In addition to his primary practices of antitrust and arbitration, Alden has handled other complex commercial litigation ranging from contractual disputes to False Claims Act cases to government investigations. His cases regularly raise highly complicated technical matters involving scientific, accounting or financial issues.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Cartel

Vinson & Elkins LLP represents clients in a broad range of industries, including tech, pharma, airline and chemicals, with notable strength in handling cross-border civil and criminal cartel proceedings, with standout international representations of Wanhua and Hitachi in FTC and DOJ cartel investigations. The firm offers significant agency expertise through a number of former DOJ and FTC officials, and has broad geographical reach with particular strength in Washington DC, Texas, and California. Alden Atkins has been particularly active in the airline space during 2021, representing Southwest Airlines in the ongoing DOJ investigation into airline capacity, and AirTran in a multi-district case relating to bag fees, cases that Houston-based Jason Powers is also playing a key role in. The team is led by Darren Tucker, a specialist in DOJ and FTC proceedings in the technology, energy and pharma sectors, while Hill Wellford takes the lead on governmental investigations within the US and internationally. Brian Schnapp is a specialist in representing multinational companies in cartel and price-fixing investigations, with Lindsey Vaala also a key name for global cartel defense. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.