Overview
Antitrust & Your Business Needs

Antitrust and competition laws regulate every aspect of business. High stakes and high risk are regular components of competition matters, which can present unique and especially difficult business and legal problems, procedural complexity and exposure. Understanding and dealing with antitrust often is critical to helping businesses operate and succeed.

Our Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation practice appreciates how competition laws impact businesses and their executives, with a deep focus on helping our clients manage their antitrust related issues effectively and in a cost-efficient manner. Our practice covers a diverse range of antitrust, competition and consumer protection laws and regulations. For clients around the world, we provide strategic counseling, litigation representation, support in mergers and acquisitions and representation when dealing with state and federal enforcers, especially in the growing and dangerous area of criminal cartel investigations and enforcement.

Thompson Hine’s Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation practice consists of lawyers who are dedicated to antitrust law and practice. We do not dabble in antitrust issues. Our lawyers are active in antitrust bar activities and have served or currently serve as members of the Council of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and as chairs of committees in the Section as well as state bars. Our lawyers have written extensively on antitrust, distribution and unfair competition issues. We are recognized as leaders in our fields by publications such as Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal: Competition. More importantly, we are recognized by our clients as committed to high-value client service — intellectually rigorous, frank, timely, efficient and cost-sensitive.

Why Thompson Hine?

At Thompson Hine, we deliver. We combine deep antitrust experience and legal knowledge with a committed focus on our clients’ needs. We are client-centric. We have gained the trust of prominent businesses in a range of industries in the United States and throughout the world by guiding them through merger reviews, investigations, litigation and upheavals in their business practices and industries. We are committed to understanding our clients’ business and commercial goals in any contract, transaction or dispute and creatively working to help achieve those goals.

Distinctions

Members of our group have demonstrated leadership in their fields. Several partners are or have been on the board of governors of the antitrust section of their state bar association, including one who has served as chair of the board of governors. Additionally, partners from our group have served as committee chairs within the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and one has been an officer of the section. Members of our group speak at or participate regularly in programs on antitrust issues before the American Bar Association, their state bar association and other organizations. Partners from our group have also served as federal and state prosecutors. One partner is listed in An International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and in the Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers. Group members have addressed The Conference Board's Council of Chief Legal Officers on trade secret, unfair competition and other issues and The Conference Board on antitrust issues.

Our lawyers have written extensively on antitrust, distribution and unfair competition issues, contributing to both books and journals. Recent publications written or edited by our members include the following:

  • Doing Business In and With the United States (2d ed. 2000)
  • "State Franchise Laws and The Small Business Franchise Act of 1999: Barriers to Efficient Distribution," 55 Business Lawyer 1699 (2000)
  • "Antitrust and the Duty to License Intellectual Property — Can Manufacturers be Compelled to Deal with ISOs?" 14 Antitrust 33 (1999)
  • "Lessons from United States v. True: Effective Use of Expert Testimony in Defending Criminal Antitrust Cases"; 13 Antitrust 48 (1999)
  • Alabama, Iowa, Kansas and Ohio chapters in State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (ABA 2d ed. 1999)
  • "Thoughts on Distortions in the Criminal Antitrust Process," 29 Criminal Practice 6 (1999)
  • Punitive Damages and Business Torts: A Practitioner's Handbook (ABA 1998)
  • "International Distribution and Franchising," Corporate Counsel's Guide to Laws of International Trade (1997)
  • Ohio Business Competition Law (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing 1994)

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