Antitrust; Complex Litigation
Whether successfully leading clients through complex multidistrict litigation cases or negotiating criminal fine reductions in the hundreds of millions of dollars, Rachel Adcox is a standout amongst antitrust practitioners. Her “creative, strategic, and innovative” litigation skills have twice been recognized by Global Competition Review, most recently with a 2019 nomination for Litigator of the Year. In 2018, her work as lead counsel for multiple companies in the Auto Parts class action also earned her a nomination for Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defence. Rachel was also named a Future Competition Leader by Who’s Who Legal in 2018 and 2019.
The scope and significance of Rachel’s work is the best illustration of the trust that major corporations place in her skill and judgment. In 2018, Rachel was tapped by Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) to lead its defense of two major treble-damage class action litigations, alleging industry-wide conspiracies to raise prices through coordinated output reductions in broiler chickens and pork. In 2019, Rachel achieved further success in the Auto Parts class action by winning full dismissal of two separate cases, first against the client’s non-U.S. parent company, and then against its U.S. subsidiary. Rachel is also co-lead counsel defending a Blue Cross insurance plan against market allocation allegations in the largest antitrust class action case in the U.S.
Behind the scenes, Rachel is a trusted confidential adviser and advocate, including in international cartel and compliance matters before international enforcers such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and the Japan Fair Trade Commission. Prior to joining Axinn, she was a Trial Attorney at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Law360 Competition Editorial Advisory Board (2018); Vice-Chair – Competition Torts Committee, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law (2015 – 2017); Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; District of Columbia Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association; New York State Bar Association
JD, with Honors – The George Washington University Law School (2007); BS, with High Honors – Michigan State University (1996)