Layne is head of antitrust and competition, United States and is a member of the global supervisory board of Norton Rose Fulbright.
Layne has been a first-chair litigator for jury trials, nationwide class actions, injunctions, arbitrations and appeals, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has appeared in courts throughout the United States from Florida to Alaska, from Hawaii to New York and from California to the District of Columbia. Layne is a former judicial clerk to the Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
Certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he has extensive experience in handling class actions and in responding to government investigations. He has represented clients in oil and gas production, the marketing of refined petroleum products, health care, pharmaceuticals, insurance, publishing, consumer products, computers, rail transportation and other industries.
Among his recent representations, Layne has been lead counsel for defending a consumer products company over standard-setting issues; defending a hospital group sued for a conspiracy to suppress wages, defending an energy equipment company in dealer terminations in four states, representing a global supplier of transport and logistics solutions in a global class action, and lead counsel for insurer in international insurance brokerage antitrust multi-district litigation.
Layne has held numerous leadership roles within the American Bar Association’s antitrust section, including chair of the trial practice committee and the exemptions and immunities committee. He is also a former chair of the State Bar of Texas’ antitrust and business litigation section and former president of the Texas Association of Certified Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.
Layne has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star, an award chosen by corporate counsel and given to lawyers who exceed standards for client service. He has consistently been ranked in Chambers USA for his work nationwide and in Texas on antitrust, including being named a “Star Individual” for Texas. Chambers has described him as “renowned for his work in antitrust and securities litigation”, and adds that “clients praise his ‘focused grasp of antitrust policies’.” He has been ranked in Best Lawyers in America each year since 2005.
Layne earned his JD from Yale Law School and an MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
WWL says: Much admired in the competition community for his market leading practice in Texas
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