Williams & Connolly LLP handles all aspects of antitrust litigation and represents major corporations and individuals — both as plaintiffs and defendants. The partners who handle these matters typically have substantial experience in all types of litigation (civil, criminal, government enforcement, class action, business to business), and thus combine the firm’s traditional excellence in criminal and civil litigation with the knowledge and experience necessary to deal with complex antitrust matters. Please also refer to a description of the firm's representation of clients in criminal antitrust matters under Criminal Defense and Government Investigations.
Our lawyers also regularly represent clients in all aspects of civil antitrust litigation, including in the civil class actions which today almost invariably follow major government investigations. Other civil clients have included plaintiffs alleging antitrust violations in the vitamin industry, a major tobacco company challenging the marketing practices of another firm, and a group of state attorneys general at trial in their effort to seek more effective remedies in the landmark Microsoft monopolization litigation. Clients the firm has defended span the spectrum from the major motion picture studios in federal and state civil antitrust investigations and private-party civil litigation, to the nation’s largest dairy cooperative in a series of class action antitrust cases pending in multiple federal and state courts. In a number of other matters the firm is defending, the plaintiffs seek not only significant monetary damages, but also substantial changes in long-standing industry practices.
The breadth of our overall litigation practice and the fact that Williams & Connolly lawyers are multi-disciplinary litigators give us valuable capabilities in antitrust cases that overlap with other areas of the law, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, intellectual property, healthcare, and sports law.