Antitrust Law Section

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  • Upcoming Events
    • Why Antitrust? June 21

      Why Antitrust? Panel and Social Event for Law Students and Junior Attorneys

      Wednesday, June 21, 2017
      Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
      787 Seventh Avenue
      New York, NY 10019
      4:30 - 6:00pm

      Social Event with open bar will follow at 6:30 pm 
      Tonic NYC
      727 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

      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 who have worked at antitrust enforcement agencies, including the DOJ Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission.  A portion of the program is allotted for questions and comments.  

      This year's program is June 21 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 6:30-8:30 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 required.

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      RSVP to Sharon Ballard at 

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

    • June 22, 2017: Social Media Insights for Class Action Litigation


      Thursday, June 22, 2017

      Debevoise & Plimpton
      919 Third Avenue
      New York, NY 10022

      1.0 CLE Credit 

      Complimentary for NYSBA Members
      $25 for Non-Members 
      Continental breakfast will be served.

      Mark Pelofsky, Voluble Insights for Litigation 
      Brenda Arnott-Wesson, Voluble Insights for Litigation 
      Prof. Kerin E. Coughlin, NYC College of Technology

      Come discuss the various ways social media analysis can be used in antitrust class actions, and how attorneys can use it most efficiently and effectively. 


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

    • July 18 - Unilateral Conduct Committee meeting

      The Updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property and Practical Guidance for Counselors and Companies

      July 18, 2017
      8:30 - 10:00 am

      Weil, Gotshal & Manges
      767 5th Avenue
      NY, NY 10153

      Our panel of experts will provide an overview of the 2017 DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, followed by a moderated discussion focusing on practical counseling tips in the areas of exclusivity, tying, grantbacks, and resale price maintenance.  Speakers will discuss some of the key cases in these areas and the issues that come up in the day-to-day counseling on these topics.  You will gain insights from a diverse range of views from the perspectives of a government enforcer (and one of the drafters of the Guidelines), an in-house licensing counsel, and distinguished outside counsel: 

      • John E. Dubiansky, Attorney Advisor, Intellectual Property, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.
      • Jonathan M. Jacobson, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, New York, NY
      • Tom Rowland, ‎Director of Business Affairs, Time Inc. International, New York, NY

      Moderated by Gerald A. Stein of the Federal Trade Commission and Chair of the Unilateral Conduct Committee, and Eric Hochstadt of Weil and Vice Chair of the Unilateral Conduct Committee. 

      There is no charge for this event.  Complimentary breakfast will be provided. 

      Please RSVP to Tiffany Bardwell at by July 11, 2017 if you plan to attend the program in person.

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

    • Free Recorded Program: Annual Antitrust Symposium


      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

      Video available here: 


      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) 

    • 2016 Chair Report by Lisl Dunlop

      -1-NYSBA ANTITRUST LAW SECTION – 2016 CHAIR’S REPORT Overview 2016 has been another banner year for the Antitrust Law Section. We have held numerous meetings, conferences and other events, most often featuring interesting speakers on antitrust topics. Committee activities have provided additional opportunities for invo

  • Section Service Awards

    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 

    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

  • Recent Programs

    Materials from Recent Programs:

    June 20, 2017 first annual Diversity Fellowship Alumni Lunch

    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: 
    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. 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 Section Symposium

      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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