Competition 2019: Plaintiff Lawyers

For the sixth year, WWL highlights the world’s best plaintiff litigators in competition. The USA remains the main arena for such work but there is an increasing caseload in Europe. In total 126 names are recommended this year.

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Michael Hausfeld Hausfeld LLP, Washington DC
2. David Boies Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Armonk
3. Eric Cramer Berger & Montague, PC, Philadelphia

Leading Firms

Hausfeld

A giant in the competition plaintiff field that once again demonstrates the strength and depth of its expertise with eight listings in total.
Michael Hausfeld is one of the titans of the competition plaintiff space, and is a perennial selection as a Global Elite Thought Leader. He attracts numerous recommendations from peers across North America and Europe for his standout practice, which encompasses antitrust litigation on the part of both individuals and classes.
The “fantastic” Megan Jones is a distinguished figure in the North American competition market. Sources describe her as “a future leader” of the field who “is blazing a trail for younger women in the profession, and is highly respected from all contingents".
Brian Ratner hasa brilliant legal mind while being extremely pragmatic and commercially minded”, comment interviewees. He is praised as a lawyer who “goes the extra mile”, and whose “high-quality work product is feared by competitors".  
Brent Landau is lauded by peers as “a formidable opponent in antitrust litigation” whose “strength is oral argument, where he appears knowledgeable and persuasive". He is well versed in representing clients in price fixing and monopolisation claims in the US.

Boies Schiller Flexner

This premier competition plaintiff firm performs impressively this year, with eight of its lawyers achieving a listing.  
David Boies is a keystone of the US competition and litigation markets, and wins recognition from respondents across the US and Europe for his work in the space. He has led on some of the most complex and high-profile competition matters in the US, and is again selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader.
William Isaacson is one of the top competition plaintiff specialists in the US. with decades of experience on some of the highest-profile antitrust matters nationwide. 
Donald Flexner is a prominent name amongst peers in the competition plaintiff space. He secures recommendations from across the EU and US for his practice, which includes antitrust litigation in state and federal courts across the US..
Philip Iovieno is a widely respected name in the US market for competition plaintiff matters with excellent experience acting in cases before state and federal courts.

Berger & Montague

Antitrust class action pioneers Berger & Montague performs well, with five listings in total. 
Firm chairman Eric Cramer ranks among the very top competition plaintiff specialists in our research this year. His practice focuses on class actions, with notable recent representations in the drywall litigation and Castro et al v Sanofi Pasteur.
H Laddie Montague Jr is recognised by market commentators throughout the US as one of the leading competition plaintiff lawyers in the market. His long experience covers matters in sectors such as tobacco and petrochemicals.
Peers identify David Sorensen as a distinguished figure in the competition field in the US, and he wins extensive recommendations for his practice. He has considerable experience in cases involving the tobacco and pharmaceutical sectors.
Ruthanne Gordon is a respected practitioner in the US competition market who has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for plaintiffs in litigation across the chemical, real estate, tobacco and computer industries. 
Daniel Berger is an esteemed competition practitioner who possesses considerable expertise and experience in antitrust litigation, including cases against brand and generic prescription drug manufacturers.

Other Leading Individuals

USA

Daniel Gustafson at Gustafson Gluek is identified by our research as a top-quality name in the US market, with sources highly recommending him for his plaintiffs’ work. He has significant experience in matters pertaining to the oil and gas, medical, and entertainment sectors.

Zelle’s Judith Zahid is admired as a standout name in the US for competition plaintiff matters by sources. She has wide-ranging industry experience and has a strong track record on monopolisation and price-fixing matters.

Bruce Simon of Pearson Simon & Warshaw is a “strong name at the plaintiffs’ bar” and an eminent figure in antitrust nationwide. He as acted as co-lead on numerous high-profile matters across sectors such as pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals.

Roberta Liebenberg with Fine Kaplan and Black wins extensive recommendations from peers for her competition plaintiff work. She has marked expertise in price-fixing matters before US courts.

Hollis Salzman at Robins Kaplan is celebrated emphatically by peers all over the US for the strength of her competition practice. Her speciality lies in international cartel proceedings as well as follow-on civil matters.

 

Europe

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Anthony Maton Hausfeld & Co LLP, London 
2. Boris Bronfentrinker Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan UK LLP, London
3. Belinda Hollway Scott + Scott Europe LLP, London

Leading Firms

Hausfeld

One of the select few firms with strong competition plaintiff capabilities in both the US and Europe. It achieves eight listings in total this year.
Anthony Maton sits among the world’s elite competition plaintiff specialists in our research this year. He has 25 years of experience in litigating claims around the world, and is at the forefront of competition damages litigation in Europe.
Nicola Boyle is an acclaimed competition plaintiff expert in the European market. She wins recommendations from peers and clients for her practice, which focuses on representing groups in follow-on cartel damages matters. 
Anna Morfey is described as “a fantastic litigator” and a “brilliant legal mind” by market commentators in Europe. She has extensive experience with follow-on cartel damages claims, and competition litigation in the UK and EU courts.
Scott Campbell is a well-regarded figure in the European market who offers clients over a decade of experience in litigating competition matters before the Court of Appeal and Competition Appeal Tribunal among other venues. 

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

This renowned international full-service firm achieves four listings in this year’s research.
Boris Bronfentrinker is “a very well-known name” in Europe’s competition market. He has “impressive advocacy skills” and “a strong understanding of economic arguments” which ensures that “novel approaches do not scare him", report sources.
Peers impart that Nicola Chesaites is “a very highly rated” practitioner in the competition space. She is well versed in representing clients in sectors such as banking and pharmaceuticals in competition litigation before the EU and UK courts and tribunals.
The “excellent” Kate Vernon earns recommendations from market commentators who call her “a calm, insightful and experienced” practitioner. Her wide-ranging experience in competition law covers the sports, media, retail and pharmaceutical sectors.
Senior associate Tim Brown is a a well-regarded litigator with experience in claims before the UK courts and Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Other Leading Individuals

England

Belinda Hollway of Scott + Scott Europe is one of the stars of the European competition plaintiff market, and is praised as “a fabulous lawyer” who brings “depth of knowledge and experience" to her work, according to commentators.

Rob Murray at Mishcon de Reya is a highly regarded competition specialist in the market who “has done a lot of claimant work” and is “very active” on major litigation, including follow-on damages cases.

Kenny Henderson of Stewarts is a favourite among clients, who describe him as “both a very effective and impressive litigator, and an excellent lawyer”. Furthermore, he is “responsive and always seeks to advance his clients’ interests, as aggressively as appropriate”.

Peter Willis with Bird & Bird is singled out as “very able and focussed on results", and wins recommendations from peers across North America, Asia and Europe in this year’s research. He has over 20 years of experience in EU competition and regulatory law. 

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