In this chapter, WWL is proud to present the world’s top 124 competition plaintiff specialists. They have been carefully selected for their experience and expertise in class action competition or antitrust matters before the highest courts in the UK, EU and USA.
Who’s Who Legal does not list firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research. We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly n our research.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Michael Hausfeld emerges as one of North America’s foremost plaintiff specialists in the antitrust space, dubbed “a legend in the field”.
Brian Ratner earns impressive recommendations for his competition plaintiff expertise. He is considered “smart and likeable”, and “one of the next-generation leaders”.
Brent Landau is a prominent name among antitrust practitioners in the USA and wins extensive recognition for his practice, which focuses on representing clients in the healthcare, and transportation industries in price-fixing and monopolisation matters.
Irving Scher is a highly respected antitrust specialist and a mainstay of the North American market. He has standout experience advising clients in the airline, retail, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors.
William Isaacson is singled out by peers as a stellar litigation specialist with considerable experience with complex antitrust matters. One source effuses, “Bill is among the gold standards at the plaintiffs’ bar.”
David Boies is a titan of the antitrust space in the USA, and wins effusive recommendations for his plaintiff expertise. In the course of his career he has represented some of the world’s largest corporations in proceedings, and has lead on some of the country’s most significant court cases.
Donald Flexner is highlighted by sources as a top-notch antitrust litigator in the market. He has represented individual plaintiffs and classes before the country’s highest courts in matters involving the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, railroad and entertainment sectors.
Philip Iovieno is a well-respected name for plaintiff representations, particularly in matters involving price-fixing cartels.
Firm chairman Eric Cramer comes recommended by peers as a top name for antitrust class action proceedings. He is well versed at representing workers in anticompetitive practice litigation.
Co-chair of the firm’s antitrust group Laddie Montague Jr is a stalwart of the USA’s antitrust market, and receives considerable praise for his practice from commentators. He is a go-to for large and complex antitrust class actions.
Ruthanne Gordon is an important name for antitrust litigation, with over 40 years of experience representing clients in high-stakes antitrust litigation proceedings.
Other leading individuals
Judith Zahid at Zelle co-chairs the firm’s antitrust practice and receives praise from peers as a formidable specialist in the market. She has particular experience with healthcare antitrust litigation.
Jennifer Duncan Hackett is a key name in north America’s antitrust space, with peers stating that she is “among the leaders of the plaintiffs’ bar in antitrust” and “a smart, capable practitioner that gets work done”.
Marc Seltzer with Susman Godfrey is a favourite among peers and clients when it comes to antitrust plaintiff litigation proceedings. He has experience in matters pertaining to the automotive industry in particular.
Hollis Salzman of Robins Kaplan is described as “a smart, skilled litigator” and “an excellent negotiator”. Her practice focuses on antitrust proceedings involving international cartels.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro’s Shana Scarlett is lauded as “a highly skilled plaintiffs antitrust and class action attorney with great experience leading cartel cases in California and other federal courts”.
Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Black is a sterling antitrust and class action litigator, and regularly acts for plaintiffs in large antitrust proceedings, most notably involving the pharmaceutical sector.
Bruce Simon of Pearson Simon & Warshaw is an established name among antitrust specialists in the USA, celebrated as a master of class action litigation proceedings.
Eric Fastiff with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein chairs the firm’s antitrust and commercial litigation group, and enjoys the acclaim of peers in the US market for his practice. He has over 23 years of experience in the technology, food and drug industries.
Labaton Sucharow’s Jay Himes is admired by peers in the antitrust space for his accomplished litigation practice built on over 40 years’ experience leading class action price-fixing cases.
Todd Seaver at Berman Tabacco is market reference for antitrust litigation. Among his widespread career portfolio are notable cases in the pharmaceutical, finance, biotech and automotive sectors.
Founder of Lovell Stewart Halebian Jacobson Christopher Lovell is a prominent name in antitrust plaintiff litigation, and is regarded as a go-to for cases involving the financial services industry.
Francis Scarpulla of Scarpulla Law is an antitrust plaintiff specialist through and through. His expertise lies in the representation of plaintiffs in indirect-purchaser federal class actions.
Jeffrey Gittleman with Barrack Rodos & Bacine is commended by peers in the US market for his litigation practice, which focuses on antitrust and securities proceedings and is built on more than 20 years’ experience.
Joseph Saveri Law Firm’s Joseph R Saveri is described by sources as “a distinguished antitrust practitioner on the plaintiff side”. He has over 30 years of experience with high-profile cases.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Anthony Maton is a top-drawer plaintiff specialist in the European market, lauded by peers “an excellent and very experienced lawyer”.
Anna Morfey is highlighted a name to watch in the EU competition space. She has considerable expertise with follow-on and stand-alone damages claims before EU and UK courts.
Nicola Boyle secures notable recommendations for her skill with large follow-on competition damages matters in the EU.
Scott Campbell wows commentators with his extensive skills in competition; impressed peers declare that they “have referred work to Scott in the past, and would do so again”.
Thomas Höppner is praised by peers for his “outstanding understanding of very complex technical and economic systems, in particular digital platform markets, and outstanding knowledge of competition law”.
Other leading individuals
Belinda Hollway at Scott+Scott Europe is a respected competition plaintiff specialist, with respondents highlighting her as “a clever and capable lawyer”. She has widespread experience representing clients before the English Court of Appeal, the CAT and the EU Commission.
Rob Murray of Mishcon de Reya sits among Europe’s best competition plaintiff specialists this year, earning impressive recommendations for his practice. His expertise lies in damages claims before the English Court of Appeal and CAT.
Peter Willis with Bird & Bird is “very knowledgeable on all areas of competition law in the energy sector”, with 25 years of experience.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Nicola Chesaites is a top-flight practitioner for EU competition disputes. She is experienced with the UK’s new competition class-action regime, and acts for both claimants and defendants.
Boris Bronfentrinker co-heads the firm’s competition litigation group, and is identified by peers as “a big figure in the sector”.
Kenny Henderson at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang possesses “excellent judgement”, and is well versed at representing blue-chip clients in multi-jurisdictional proceedings.