Antitrust Investigations

Clients appreciate that our attorneys can translate their broad experience and accomplished track records into a targeted team. Whatever aspect of antitrust law the investigation entails, Venable's team stands ready to respond.

Government antitrust investigators are increasingly vigilant in enforcing antitrust and unfair trade practices laws. But the government’s zeal often comes at great cost to businesses caught in the crosshairs of an investigator. Criminal and civil antitrust investigations require significant company and individual resources and may well threaten the business viability of a company. When threat turns into reality, clients entrust their defense to Venable.

Venable represents companies and individuals through all phases of criminal and civil antitrust investigations and litigation. We have achieved favorable outcomes for businesses of all sizes and types, including multinational corporations faced with charges of price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, and other anticompetitive conduct. Our experience spans all major industries in cases brought by federal and state investigators throughout the United States.

The Right Response for Your Business

One size does not fit all; your company's response to an antitrust investigation must be tailored to your interests as a business and the nature of the allegations. Individuals and companies rely on our knowledge and experience to craft solutions that meet their unique circumstances.

An antitrust investigation does not allow for a learning curve or ramp-up time. Clients need a legal team that is ready to respond. This level of preparedness is achieved only through experience.

In Investigations, Experience is Essential

At Venable, our team is distinguished by its experience on both sides of investigations, including service as a former U.S. attorney general. Other attorneys are former top lawyers in the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state offices of the attorney general. Venable leverages the cumulative knowledge of veteran lawyers with broad experience in antitrust law, white-collar defense, and complex litigation.

For our clients, this background offers a distinct advantage: it provides Venable with the unique ability to analyze antitrust cases from the investigator's perspective. As a result, we are equipped to respond swiftly, effectively, and strategically.

Venable offers experience in all phases of antitrust investigations and litigation involving allegations of anticompetitive conduct. We have represented clients in civil and criminal investigations and proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general. We also represent complaining parties and recipients of third-party subpoenas in connection with government investigations, and defend businesses in follow-on class actions related to government antitrust investigations.

This breadth of experience enhances our ability to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. In some cases, we convince the government to terminate its investigation. In others, we secure immunity from prosecution or leniency under the Justice Department's amnesty program. When litigation is the best or only option, we fight hard to bring about a favorable result.


  • Major Drug Manufacturer Absolved in FTC Investigation – Venable's antitrust attorneys successfully defended a multinational pharmaceutical company in a complex FTC investigation of alleged antitrust violations related to settlement of patent litigation involving branded and generic pharmaceuticals
  • International Corporation Cleared in DOJ Price-fixing Investigation – Venable represented a major international corporation in a grand jury investigation, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, of alleged price fixing in the tobacco industry. The investigation of our client was closed without any government action
  • Multi-billion-dollar Healthcare Company Vindicated in Sherman Act Investigation – Venable successfully represented a multi-billion-dollar healthcare provider and insurer in a complex and lengthy DOJ investigation of Sherman Act violations, with no action taken against our client
  • Successful Defense of Senior Executives in DOJ Criminal Investigations – Venable successfully represented a foreign executive in a DOJ investigation of alleged price fixing in the thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal-display industry. Our attorneys also successfully represented a foreign executive in a DOJ investigation of alleged price fixing in the air cargo industry

Government Experience

Venable attorneys have held high-level or leadership positions at federal agencies and organizations, including

  • Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
  • Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Attorney General
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • State attorneys general