Sections & Committees

Antitrust Law Section

Why Antitrust?
June 17, 2019

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue | New York, NY 10019-6099
6:00 p.m.

Complimentary Program

Every summer, the New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Section hosts an informative program for summer associates, law students and recent law school graduates.  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 a diverse group of antitrust lawyers, including litigators from both plaintiff and defense-oriented law firms, a specialist in antitrust counselling and merger advocacy, and antitrust enforcement agency trial lawyers.   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 6:00 pm and a cocktail reception will follow. 

All law students, summer associates or young practitioners currently or interested in working in New York are invited.  The program is free of charge.  RSVP is required.


RSVP to Sharon Ballard at

This program is co-sponsored by The New York Bar Foundation.

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

Antitrust Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
8:30-9 am Executive Committee meeting
9 -10 am substantive presentation

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

All section members are invited to attend the substantive part of the meeting starting at 9am.   

RSVP to Tiffany Bardwell at

On June 19, 2019, Dr. Andres Lerner, Executive Vice President at Compass Lexecon, will present on the topic of network effects in the tech industry. The presentation will begin at 9 AM at the offices of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019.  The presentation is reserved for members of the New York State Bar Antitrust Section; interested persons should RSVP in advance to”

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

Antitrust Section Interview Program
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Robins Kaplan LLP
399 Park Avenue, Suite 3600
New York, NY 10022
2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Complimentary Event - View Flyer Here

Register Today - RSVP to Kellie Lerner at

The NYSBA Antitrust Section’s Diversity Committee cordially invites you to its second annual Interview Program for law students, as well as junior attorneys, to assist in preparing for an interview in the antitrust field. Students will be asked to submit a resume and (if they wish) cover letter in response to a mock job posting. During the program, students will each be paired with an experienced antitrust attorney who will first provide feedback on the resume and cover letter; and conduct a mock interview followed by a debrief. The entire session will last one hour. We hope this program will give students the opportunity to refine their interview skills while at the same time make a new professional connection in the antitrust field.

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

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
2019 - Stacey A. Mahoney

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:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Spring Fling, Bookmarks (Rooftop Terrace) at the Library Hotel, 299 Madison Ave -- This event held at the Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge on a beautiful spring evening, provided an excellent opportunity for attorneys of all levels to network and celebrate the past year’s achievements.  The event was co-sponsored by the Antitrust Section and the Young Lawyers Section, and also kicked off the Antitrust Section’s Mentoring Program. The Spring Fling was very well attended by both experienced and junior attorneys, and several mentor-mentee pairs were able to meet and make great connections. 

April 10, 2019 Views from the Trenches: Litigating Merger Cases, Jones Day, 250 Vesey Street -- A diverse panel of private practitioners and Government lawyers shared their lessons and observations from trials of some of the most significant merger cases. 

March 13, 2019 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Dr. Emily Walden, of NERA, presented on vertical healthcare mergers. Topic discussed during the presentation included the economic theory of vertical mergers and its application to healthcare mergers, in particular the acquisition of physician practices by health systems, as well as the use of merger retrospectives in prospective healthcare merger analysis.

February 27, 2019 Antitrust "Plus" Factors program by the Coordinated Conduct Committee at Dechert LLP, 1095 Avenue of the Americas – A panel of antitrust practitioners discussed the genesis of antitrust “plus factors” as circumstantial evidence of an anticompetitive agreement, examples of common plus factors alleged by plaintiffs, recent cases analyzing plus factors, and a circuit split regarding the summary judgment standard. 

February 20, 2019 Becoming an Antitrust Attorney, Cardozo School of Law Moot Court Room – This panel and networking event was held for New York City-area law students.  A panel of practitioners from the government, plaintiff and defense bars shared their unique paths to becoming antitrust attorneys, discussed what the diverse practice area of antitrust law encompasses, and provided students with advice on what steps they can take to pursue a career in antitrust law.

February 13, 2019 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee Almudena Arcelus, principal at Analysis Group, and Howard Ullman, Of Counsel at Orrick, presented on how the adoption of blockchain technology will impact various stakeholders, the potential risks and useful mitigation strategies relevant to antitrust considerations.

January 17, 2019 Antitrust Law Section’s Annual Meeting: Annual Review of Developments and Hot Topics, including: Merger Enforcement in the Trump Administration, Blunt Instrument or Surgical Blade: Is Section 2 of the Sherman Act the Right Tool to Address Financial Market Manipulation?, A Discussion with the Antitrust Division’s New Deputy AAG for Criminal Enforcement, Don’t Be Afraid of the DARC (the Donnelly Act Revision Committee, that is)

December 19, 2018 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by, Bob Hubbard, Jay Himes, and Joshua Lipton gave a presentation on the pending Supreme Court case Apple, Inc. v. Pepper

December 4, 2018 Joint Program with the IP Section, “Antitrust Implications of Settlements in Trademark Disputes” 

November 14, 2018 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Dr. Graeme Hunter, Managing Director at NERA Economic Consulting, presented on “Anticompetitive Bundling Compared to the Legal Standards.”

November 1, 2018 Mergers Committee Program, “What M&A Lawyers Want Antitrust Lawyers to Know” 

October 29 - 31, 2018 “Trial Practice/Expert Witness Training Program” 

October 19, 2018 Mergers Committee Program, “Merger Control in Brazil” 

October 17, 2018 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Donnelly Act Review Committee: Reports from Section Committees (Cartel and Criminal Practice, Class Action, Coordinated Conduct, Unilateral Conduct, and Mergers) and group discussion of findings and next steps.

September 20, 2018 presentation to Antitrust Section Executive Committee by Scott Hemphill, Professor of Law at NYU Law School, gave a presentation on his forthcoming article “The Strategies of Anticompetitive Common Ownership.” 

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.

July 11, 2018, Summer Mergers Program: “Hot Topics in High-Tech Markets”, The program was moderated by Ilene Gotts (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), and the panelists were: Aaron Hoag (Networks and Technology Enforcement Section, DOJ Antitrust); William H. Efron (Director, Northeast Region, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)); Professor Daniel Sokol (University of Florida School of Law).

June 20, 2018 “Why Antitrust?” Panel  

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 discussing 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: 
Program Flyer

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. EfronFTC 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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