GCR 100 2024



Professional notice

United States: Washington, DC

Highly recommended

Michael Keeley leads the team at antitrust and intellectual property boutique AXINN VELTROP & HARKRIDER in Washington, DC, alongside New York-based partner John Harkrider. The team welcomed James Attridge to the partnership in 2022 following his departure from the DOJ, but Koren Wong-Ervin left for Jones Day in July 2023. Axinn acted for VMware in its $69 billion sale to Broadcom, which received a second request from the FTC. Partner Bradley Justus advises Google in the Texas-led state attorneys general complaint against Google’s advertising technology business. A handful of the firm’s partners also represent Tyson Foods in multiple class actions and lawsuits from state attorneys general alleging industry-wide conspiracies to raise the prices of broiler chickens, pork and turkey, plus a conspiracy to depress broiler grower pay. Partner Rachel Adcox is lead counsel for Alvogen in the sprawling Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing antitrust litigation and she also defends Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies in a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to prevent PharmacyChecker.com from promoting the importation of drugs from outside the US. Elsewhere, partners Jeny Maier and Rachel Adcox secured a settlement for McKesson subsidiary RelayHealth to end the health information exchange’s role in the Surescripts antitrust litigation.

FirmHead(s) of competitionSizeNo. WWL nomineesClients
Highly Recommended
Axinn Veltrop & HarkriderMichael Keeley13 partners, 4 counsel, 24 associates3

VMware. Tyson Foods, Google, Thales, Take-Two, Alvogen, McKesson, RelayHealth, Association for Safe Online Pharmacies, Shintech

United States: New York


The only antitrust boutique in our New York rankings, AXINN VELTROP & HARKRIDER remains a go-to firm for top US competition matters. Partners John Harkrider and DC-based Michael Keeley lead six other partners. Google is a major client, which the firm represents in several enforcement actions and private antitrust litigation. That includes the Texas-led state attorneys general complaint against the company’s ad tech business, for which Axinn is counsel of record. Healthcare is another focus, with Axinn representing Alvogen in the sprawling generic pharmaceuticals pricing antitrust litigation. It also settled claims against client RelayHealth in follow-on litigation stemming from the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Surescripts investigation and defended Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies in a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy against PharmacyChecker.com. Elsewhere, the firm successfully secured the dismissal of antitrust counterclaims against the Midwest Can Company as part of an ongoing patent lawsuit and continues to serve as lead counsel to Tyson Foods in the multibillion Broiler Chicken antitrust litigation. The firm also helped chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen fend off a rival’s allegations that he orchestrated an illegal boycott of his services. Deal work includes acting as global coordinating counsel for VMware in its $69 billion acquisition by Broadcom, which received a second request from the Federal Trade Commission. 

FirmHead(s) of competitionSizeNo. WWL nomineesClients
Axinn Veltrop & HarkriderMicheal Keeley7 partners, 3 counsel, 28 associates4VMware. Tyson Foods, Google, Thales, Take-Two, Alvogen, McKesson, RelayHealth, Association for Safe Online Pharmacies, Shintech

Axinn combines the skills, experience and dedication of the world's largest firms with the focus, responsiveness, efficiency and attention to client needs of the best boutiques. The firm was established in the late 1990s by lawyers from premier Wall Street firms with a common vision: provide the highest level of service and strategic acumen in antitrust, intellectual property and high-stakes litigation. Axinn’s lawyers have served as lead or co-lead counsel on nearly half a trillion dollars in transactions and, in the last 10 years alone, have handled more than 300 litigations. Axinn was named GCR’s Firm of the Year – Americas in 2016 and 2021.

High-stakes M&A experience

Axinn's M&A practice is led by some of the nation's most experienced and respected antitrust lawyers. The firm's track record of obtaining global clearance of combinations of significant rivals has built Axinn's reputation as a "go-to" firm for strategic mergers and acquisitions. Axinn combines its extensive experience before numerous antitrust agencies (eg, DOJ, FTC, EC, MOFCOM, CADE, JFTC, KFTC and TTFC) with its ability to develop and present sophisticated econometric arguments, in order to obtain clearance of mergers and acquisitions that at first blush seem to raise insurmountable difficulties.

High-stakes litigation experience

Axinn's antitrust litigation practice is defined by its deep experience and by the sophisticated yet practical approach it has applied to a wide variety of major cases. Its lawyers have handled all types of antitrust claims and have litigated in numerous industries, including: aerospace; automotive parts; avionics; biotechnology; cable television; chemicals; data storage; distilled spirits; earth-moving equipment; entertainment; factory automation; health care; manufacturing; pharmaceuticals; plastics; power tools; and telecommunications.

High-stakes government investigation experience

In an aggressive enforcement landscape, a company’s choice of cartel counsel is critical. Its lawyers must not only be trusted advisors and advocates, but global strategists, skilled negotiators and experienced litigators. Axinn bring all of these skills to the table. Its lawyers have worked on the two largest price-fixing investigations of the last decade, and have represented companies and individuals in criminal investigations by the US Department of Justice, the Canadian Competition Bureau, the European Commission and other worldwide authorities. Axinn takes an integrated approach and handles all aspects of the representation, including compliance programmes, internal investigations, government investigations, criminal proceedings and civil litigation.


Axinn provides trusted guidance on antitrust issues that are central to its clients’ strategic goals as well as those that arise in their daily business. In particular, the firm has deep experience advising clients on issues arising at the intersection of the antitrust and intellectual property laws, including standard-setting and FRAND issues. The firm also is often called upon to conduct internal investigations or to develop and implement antitrust compliance programmes.

Chair: Michael Keeley ([email protected])

Website: www.axinn.com/

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