Antitrust Law Section

  • Orange Star Award
    Antitrust Section 2015 Fellowship Award
  • Young Professionals at Table
    Join a Committee today! Antitrust Section Committee involvement allows antitrust lawyers to network, to research issues and to influence the law — all great ways to achieve professional growth.
  • Upcoming Events
    • Horizontal Restraints Committee Meeting - June 3


      WEDNESDAY JUNE 3, 2015
      8:30 AM 
      140 BROADWAY, NY, NY 10005 


      For more information about the Antitrust Section, or to join this committee, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at


    • June 17 - Why Antitrust? Panel and Networking Event for Law Students and Junior Attorneys

      Why Antitrust?
      Panel and Networking Event for Law Students and Junior Attorneys
      Wednesday, June 17, 2015
      Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
      787 Seventh Avenue
      New York, NY 10019
      Networking Event with open bar will follow from 6:00pm-8:00pm
      727 Seventh Avenue
      New York, NY  10020

      Every summer, the New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Section hosts an informative program for summer associates, law students and young lawyers.  The program assembles a panel of antitrust practitioners who graduated in the last ten years to discuss what led them to antitrust law; provide details on the types of cases, transactions or other antitrust work they have handled; and offer insight into optimal positioning to capture a job in the field.  This year's panel includes attorneys from small and large law firms who represent both plaintiffs and defendants, and attorneys from antitrust enforcement agencies, including the DOJ Antitrust Division and the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General.  A portion of the program is allotted for questions and comments. 
      This year's program is June 17 at the offices of Willkie Farr & Gallagher at 787 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.  The panel discussion will begin at 4:30 pm.  Immediately following the panel discussion there will be a free networking event from 6-8 p.m. at Tonic NYC, located nearby at 727 Seventh Avenue.  All law students, summer associates or young practitioners currently or interested in working in New York are invited.  The program and the networking event are both free of charge.  RSVP is requested and additional details are available on the flyer.

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    • Executive Committee Meeting - June 17- All Section members welcome!

      Antitrust Section Executive Committee Meeting
      Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 8:30am-10am
      Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
      80 Pine Street
      New York, NY  10005

      All Antitrust Section members are welcome to attend the substantive part of the meeting beginning at 9am.   
      Our program will be on “Current Competition Issues In Music Performance” and will address the history, structure and changes in music licensing, modifications to the consent decree and recent litigation involving the licensing of digital rights. The panel includes our own Meg Gifford, Keenan Popwell of Rhapsody, Mark Botti of Squire Sanders, and Joe Wetzel of King & Spalding.

      Please RSVP to

      For more information about the Antitrust Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • July 8 - Antitrust Section Summer Merger Program

      The Antitrust Section presents its Summer Merger Program
      Wednesday, July 8, 2015
      731 Lexington Avenue
      New York, NY

      This event is co-sponsored by Bloomberg, the International Committee of the Canadian Bar Association's Competition Law Section, the International Section of the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Bar Foundation.

      The program will consist of a timely discussion by competition agency officials at the EU, Canada, FTC, and U.S Department of Justice on the topics of merger remedies, merger retrospectives, and multijurisdictional coordination at the remedies stage. 

      *         Patricia Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, DOJ

      *         Ann Wallwork, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Merger Branch, Competition Bureau in Canada 

      *         Naomi Licker, Attorney, FTC Compliance Section

      *         Julia Brockhoff, Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission's Unit A-2-Merger Case Support and Policy
      Moderator: Ilene Knable Gotts, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz


      Refreshments will be served.

      1.0 MCLE credit  [cost & availability TBA]

      For more information about this program or the Antitrust Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • Class Action Committee Meeting July 22

      Antitrust Section Class Action Committee Meeting
      Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 8:30-9:30 am
      Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
      919 Third Avenue
      New York, NY 10022

      A light breakfast will be served.

      “Media Relevant – Why it Matters in the Class Action Notice Context,” with Jeanne Finegan of Heffler Group presenting. 

      For more information, please contact Tina Rothaupt at


  • Awards

    Antitrust Section Student Writing Competition

    Presented by: Antitrust Law Section 

    Contact: Professor Edward D. Cavanaugh

    Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2015

    Date Presented: July, 2015

    Detailed Flyer

    Entry Form

    Award Criteria: Papers must be written by a currently-enrolled J.D. or LL.M. student at a NYS Law School or by a NYS resident at any ABA-accredited law school outside of New York State. Papers may address any antitrust topic and should generally be 20-30 pages in length with footnotes (no more than 50 pages) written in Bluebook form. Papers may have been submitted to other writing competitions, but jointly prepared papers are NOT ELIGIBLE. 

    Prize Awarded: $5,000 cash prize and publication of the winning article

    William T. Lifland Award

    The NYSBA Antitrust Section's William T. Lifland Award is presented to antitrust practitioners in recognition of their contributions and accomplishments in the field of antitrust. The Service Award acknowledges those who throughout their professional careers have distinguished themselves as leading antitrust practitioners as well as serving the broader antitrust community in a leadership role. The Service Award is presented to the recipient by the Antitrust Section during the Antitrust Section's annual dinner.

    2015 Antitrust Section Law Student Fellowship

    The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Antitrust Section Law Student Fellowship, established by the Foundation through gifts from the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Fellowship, currently valued at $6,000, will be awarded to one or more students to spend the summer of 2015 (10 weeks) working on antitrust matters in one of the following agencies: the New York Office of New York Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau; Federal Trade Commission, Northeast Region; or Department of Justice Antitrust Division, New York Field Office. Fellows will be also be guest members of the NYSBA Antitrust Section for two years starting with the award of the Fellowship.


    Questions? Contact Deb Auspelmyer at


    John Knight of Columbia Law School and Maxwell Meadows of Fordham University School of Law are the 2014 recipients of the Antitrust Section Law Student Fellowships, The New York Bar Foundation has announced.

    Knight and Maxwell will each receive $6,000 to work this summer in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in New York City.

    “We are pleased to recognize two outstanding law students who have demonstrated exceptional promise,” said Barbara Hart of Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart, chair of the State Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section. “They both will gain invaluable legal experience in their fields.”

  • Resources

    Recent Case Decisions:

    Class Action:
    Horizontal Restraints:

    Materials from Recent Programs:

    November 19, 2014 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Robert C. Marshall, PhD (Bates White Economic Consulting): Cartel Detection and Damage Estimation

    September 18, 2014 Class Action Committee CLE program

    June 5. 2014 panel discussion: Perspectives on Global Cartel Enforcement

    May 20, 2014 Vertical Restraints Committee meeting

    April 23, 2014 presentation by Kevin Caves, PhD (Economists Incorporated): Competition and Monopsony in Labor Markets

    Antitrust Law Section's April 1, 2014 Lunch with Antitrust Regulators

    Vertical Restraints Committee's March 6, 2014 program "Feeling Blue: Antitrust Challenges to Health Insurers in the Post-Affordable Care Act World":

    Antitrust Law Section's January 30, 2014 Annual Meeting:

    Antitrust Law Section's November 14, 2013 program "Antitrust Basics: An introduction for New Attorneys": 
    Basics of Antitrust - November 14, 2013 course materials

  • Antitrust Law Section Symposium