Sections & Committees

Antitrust Law Section


December 4, 2018 
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

1.5 NY MCLE credits

If a trademark owner secures a commitment from a competitor not to purchase advertisements on online search engines that target consumers searching for the owner’s trademarks, can that violate the antitrust laws?  Late last year, an FTC Administrative Law Judge held that a series of agreements between 1-800-Contacts and rival online contact lens sellers that restricted the competitors from purchasing advertising on search engine results pages for trademarks owned by 1-800-Contacts violated the antitrust laws.  The decision is now on appeal.  This panel will explore the legal, economic, and policy implications raised by the FTC’s case, and how it could affect the enforcement of trademarks in the online marketplace.  

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Ted Davis, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP    

Sean Durkin, CRA 

Scott Hemphill, New York University School of Law

Jonathan Lutinski, American Express


Eric Stock, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section, Antitrust Section and The New York Bar Foundation.

Registration details will be available shortly.  For more information please contact Tiffany Bardwell at


Thursday, January 17, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 7.50 (Professional Practice 7.50)
Sutton South, 2nd Floor

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

Wesley R. Powell

Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP
New York City

Nicholas Gaglio

New York City

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Women's Panel
Robins Kaplan LLP
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 17, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Chair/Program Chair

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Annual Review of Developments and Hot Topics (1.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Elai Katz

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP 
(Panel Chair)

Eleanor Fox
NYU Law School

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Antitrust under the Trump Administration (1.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
John Harkrider


Lawrence Reichert

DOJ Antitrust Division

Christine Varney


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Section Business Meeting

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Blunt Instrument or Surgical Blade:  Is Section 2 of the Sherman Act the Right Tool to Address Financial Market Manipulation? (1.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Eric Hochstadt

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 
(Panel Co-Chair)

Kellie Lerner
Robins Kaplan LLP 
(Panel Co-Chair)

2:15 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Break

2:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Meet the New Boss: Priorities from the Criminal Section of the Antitrust Division (1.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Seth C. Farber

Winston & Strawn LLP
(Panel Chair)

Richard Powers
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Wendy H. Waszmer
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Lisa M. Phelan
Morrison & Foerster

3:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Don’t Be Afraid of the DARC (the Donnelly Act Revision Committee, that is) (1.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Michael Weiner,

Dechert LLP

Robert Hubbard
Antitrust Bureau, New York State Attorney General’s Office

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cocktail Reception for Antitrust Associates and Young Lawyers
5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Sutton Center2nd Floor


For questions about this specific program, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at 518-487-5675. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.


Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Antitrust Section Cocktail Reception at 6:00 p.m. with Dinner Following at 7:00 p.m.
The University Club
1 West 54th Street
New York, NY

To purchase a table at the dinner download NYSBA member dinner table reservation form.

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For more information about this program, or to become a sponsor, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at


Free archive webcast | Recorded December 9, 2016

William H. Rooney, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Cani Fernandez, Partner and Director of the Competition and EU Law Practice at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira 
Clifford H. Aronson, North American Leader – Antitrust and Competition, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Dr. Russell Lamb, President, Monument Economics Group LLC
Dr. Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe 

“Federal Trade Commission Commissioner”
Bruce J. Prager, Partner (Retired), Latham & Watkins LLP 

“European Commissioner for Competition”
Rachel Brandenburger, Senior Advisor & Foreign Legal Consultant (admitted in England & Wales) to Hogan Lovells US LLP 

“Commissioner of the Canadian Competition Bureau”
Melanie Aitken, Co-Chair Canadian Competition and Foreign Investment Group, Managing Principal Washington DC Office, Bennett Jones LLP

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For more about the Antitrust Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at  Not a member of the Antitrust Section? Dues are only only $35 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm) 

The Antitrust Law Section confers two service awards.  The William T. Lifland Service Award has been given since 1997 and was renamed in honor of its first recipient, William T. Lifland, in 2007.  The Distinguished Public Service Award was created in 2007.

William T. Lifland Service Award
The NYSBA Antitrust Law Section's William T. Lifland Award is made annually to a distinguished antitrust practitioner in recognition of his or her contributions and accomplishments in the field of antitrust and service to the Antitrust Section.  The Award is presented to the recipient by the Antitrust Section at its annual dinner.

1997 – William T. Lifland
1998 – Irving Scher
1999 – Milton Handler
2000 – Eleanor M. Fox
2001 – Barry J. Brett
2003 – David Boies
2004 – Lloyd Constantine
2005 – Pamela Jones Harbour
2006 – Alan J. Weinschel
2007 – Martha E. Gifford
2008 – Barbara Anthony
2009 – Robert L. Hubbard
2010 – Steven M. Edwards
2011 – Ilene Knable Gotts
2012 – Stephen D. Houck
2013 – Molly S. Boast
2014 – Jay L. Himes
2015 – Bruce J. Prager
2016 – William H. Rooney 
2017 - Harry First
2018 - Professor Edward D. Cavanagh

Distinguished Public Service Award

The Public Service Award is made periodically and acknowledges those who have distinguished themselves not only as leading antitrust practitioners, but as individuals who have brought distinction to the antitrust bar as a whole by making significant leadership contributions to the public interest through their service to the bar and to society generally.  The Award is presented to the recipient by the Antitrust Section at its annual dinner.

2007 – Ira M. Millstein
2008 – Joel Klein
2011 – Robert D. Joffe (posthumously)
2014 – Eleanor M. Fox
2017 - Hon. Paul A. Crotty

Recent Programs:

September 14, 2018 William Howard Taft Lecture "After Amex: Multi-Sided Markets, Anticompetitive Effects, and the Rule of Reason."  Lecture delivered by renowned antitrust law and economics Professors Herbert Hovenkamp and Dennis Carlton on the paradigm-shifting opinion in Ohio v. American Express.

September 12, 2018 Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee sponsored a program, "Your Corporate Client Received a Grand Jury Subpoena: What Should You Do Next?", with speakers Peter Chavkin, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; and Elizabeth Prewitt, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP.  Moderator Steven Tugander, U.S. DOJ, Antitrust Division.

June 26, 2018 Mergers Committee sponsored a program that focused on high-tech mergers and included discussions on the role of innovation, serial acquisitions, privacy as a competition issue, and data aggregation. Moderator was Illene Knable Gotts, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Speakers Aaron Hoag, Section Chief, Networks and Technology Enforcement Section, Antitrust Division, DOJ; and William H. Efron, Director, Northeast Region, FTC.

June 14, 2018 Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee sponsored a panel entitled “No Poach Agreements: What the future Holds.” The panelist were Susannah P. Torpey, Partner, Winston & Strawn; Scott Martin, Partner, Hausfeld and Doha Mekki, Counsel to the AAG, US DOJ, Antitrust Division. The panel was moderated by Seth Farber, Partner, Winston & Strawn. 

May 30, 2018  Class Issues in Multi-Sided Markets with Dr. Michael I. Cragg, The Brattle Group, Principal and Chairman of The Brattle Group, discussing the complexities of class certification when issues regarding platform economics and two-sided markets are presented. 

April 26, 2018 Mergers Committee Presents: Hard Topics in Antitrust Risk Allocation

March 12, 2018  Mergers Committee and KLDiscovery Present: The Meaning of HSR Clearance 

December 7, 2017 Annual Antitrust Symposium:  Multi-Sided Markets: Smoke & Mirrors or Dynamic Competition?

September 12, 2017 Cartel Damages Claims: Economic Approaches to Estimating Overcharges, with James Reitzes, principal and chair of The Brattle Group’s competition group, discussing various methods of estimating overcharges arising from alleged collusion and identify pitfalls in methodology and execution

June 22, 2017 #Antitrust: Social Media Insights for Class Action Litigation, with Mark Pelofsky and Brenda Arnott-Wesson, of Voluble Insights for Litigation, and Prof. Kerin E. Coughlin of NYC College of Technology, discussing the various ways social media analysis can be used in antitrust class actions, and how attorneys can use it most efficiently and effectively.

June 20, 2017 first annual Diversity Fellowship Alumni Lunch

April 27, 2017  Class Action Committee Meeting on Recent Developments in Class Action Litigation, focusing on the class action reform bill winding its way through Congress.

March 2, 2017 presentation to Antitrust Section Mergers Committee by Janet Hui, JunHe, LLP and Zhao (George) Wang, JunHe, LLP discusing the Key Challenges Faced by Multinational Companies in China - An Antitrust Perspective.
Fundamentals and Latest Developments of China Merger Control Filing by Janet Hui |  Overview of Anti Monopoly Issues in Company Business by George Wang

View the recorded program here: 
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December 1, 2016 presentation to Antitrust Section Mergers Committee by Franco Castelli, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz, and Cathleen Peterson, Kroll Ontrack discussing the Nuts and Bolts of Second Request Compliance.

October 19, 2016 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by David Kully of Holland & Knight, Elai Katz of Cahill Gordon, and Jennifer Selendy of Quinn Emmanuel will discuss the Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. American Express.

June 15, 2016 presentations to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Dan O'Brien, (now former) Senior Economic Advisor at the Federal Trade Commission: Cross Ownership by Institutional Investors; and David Meyer of Morrison & Forester LLP: Overlapping Minority Ownership Positions, A Legal Perspective

May 18, 2016 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Hillary Greene, Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Professor at University of Connecticut School of Law: Muzzling Antitrust: Information Products, Innovation, and Free Speech

February 18, 2016 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Vincius Marques de Carvalho, President, CADE (Brazil's competition authority): Snapshots of Competition Enforcement from Brazil

December 16, 2015 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Jose Azar, Charles River Associates: Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership

September 16, 2015 presentation to the Antitrust Section Executive Committee by FTC Northeast Region Director William H. Efron: FTC v. Cardinal Health, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2015), complaint and order discussed in FTC Northeast Region Director William H. Efron's Sept. 16, 2015 presentation to the Antitrust Section Executive Committee

November 18, 2015 presentation to the Antitrust Section Executive Committee by NY Attorney General Antitrust Bureau Chief Eric Stock: People of the State of NY v. Actavis ("Namenda") (2d Cir. May 28, 2015)

July 8, 2015 Summer Merger Program   

September 18, 2014 Class Action Committee CLE program Deciphering the FTAIA: Recent Developments in the Application of U.S. Antitrust Laws to Foreign Trade

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 Powerpoint slide presentation

April 1, 2014 Antitrust Law Section's Lunch with Antitrust Regulators  Video of Panel Discussion

March 6, 2014 Vertical Restraints Committee program"Feeling Blue: Antitrust Challenges to Health Insurers in the Post-Affordable Care Act World": St. Alphonsus v. St. Luke's Idaho Decision

January 30, 2014 Antitrust Law Section's 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 Symposium

The Antitrust Law Section Symposium is the published transcript of the Antitrust Law Section’s symposium held at NYSBA's Annual Meeting in January. Edited by Robert L. Hubbard and Arlene Leventhal at the New York Attorney General's office, the Symposium includes panel discussions and an annual review of antitrust developments. The Antitrust Law Section Symposium is published once per year and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The Antitrust Law Section Symposium is published as a benefit for members of the Antitrust Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.

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