Jones Day

Antitrust Department

California
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What the team is known for Accomplished California antitrust team that employs its global reach to tackle complex and multijurisdictional antitrust issues. Regularly acts on merger clearance matters for major transactions before global competition authorities. Also advises clients during criminal investigations and litigation relating to price-fixing, monopolization and other anticompetitive behavior. Client base includes leading healthcare providers, manufacturers and technology companies.

Strengths Clients say: "The team has exceptional technical skills and depth of experience. They deliver the best-quality advice."

Work highlights Defended Andeavor in three antitrust class action lawsuits, filed by gas station dealers and consumers, who claim that Andeavor and eight major oil refiners conspired to artificially increase gasoline prices in 2012 and 2015.

Notable practitioners

Cochair of the firm's global antitrust practice, Craig Waldman represents clients in high-stakes investigation and enforcement proceedings before competition agencies. He also handles merger clearance and complex antitrust litigation. Sources say: "Craig is a go-to guy for antitrust issues. He's a practical lawyer who understands how things work and the potential problems."

Eric Enson is recognized for his handling of DOJ investigations on behalf of clients in the technology, auto parts and packaged ice industries. One source states that "Eric is a fantastic, extremely collaborative lawyer." 

Jeffrey LeVee is an accomplished antitrust litigator who acts for healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology companies. Clients say: "His client service is best in class and his case management is exceptional."

Margaret Ward acts for clients in merger clearance proceedings, regularly presenting before government competition agencies. She also handles antitrust compliance counseling and conducts investigations. Her clients are drawn from the IT, finance and healthcare industries.

Robert Mittelstaedt has decades of experience advising technology clients on complex antitrust matters. He is particularly notable for his expertise as a litigator. A client remarks: "Bob walks on water in my mind."