Bruce is a prominent antitrust attorney who is accomplished at the full range of antitrust matters: litigation and class actions, government merger reviews and investigations, and cartel-related issues. Although the health care, communications, and retail industries are a particular focus for Bruce, he represents companies in many other sectors. His client roster ranges from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to nonprofit organizations. Bruce served as Managing Member of the firm’s Washington, DC office for 12 years and on the firm’s Executive Committee for 13 years.
Bruce is Chair of the Antitrust Section. He applies his extensive experience, understanding of clients' business, and judgment developed over decades in private practice to a broad range of antitrust matters, including government merger reviews and investigations and antitrust litigation. Chambers USA reports that “he is among those who can be a real go to."
In the antitrust area, Bruce’s practice includes antitrust counseling and representation in connection with federal and state governmental matters, including merger review, HSR second requests, and cartel matters, as well as private antitrust litigation, including class actions. He counsels and has represented Fortune 100 companies, not-for-profits, start-up entities, trade associations, and domestic and international joint ventures. Bruce has been involved in antitrust matters spanning a broad range of industries, but has particularly deep experience in the health care, communications, and retail industries. For example, Chambers USA attests that “he is one of those guys who understands the healthcare competition aspects very well.”
Bruce served as the Managing Member for the firm’s Washington, DC office from 1989 to 2001, and served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 1989 to 2002. He has been annually recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA for Antitrust: Washington, DC.
During law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following his graduation from Georgetown, Bruce served as law clerk to Judge Edward Allen Tamm of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- Georgetown University (JD)
- Princeton University (BA)
- Counseling Cox Communications on legal and regulatory issues arising in connection with oversight of the cable industry by the FCC and state agencies. In addition to counseling on regulatory and policy matters affecting Cox’s business, the firm’s work includes assisting with filings and submissions to the FCC and Congressional Committees on policy issues and representing Cox in defense of a class action lawsuit challenging the manner in which set-top converter boxes are made available to subscribers by Cox (and other cable operators).
- Served as antitrust counsel to one of the largest American retail pharmacies. Our team represented the corporation in its transactions, litigation, and other matters before both state and federal antitrust authorities.
- Represented a market leading producer and distributor of environmentally-safe household products in its acquisition by another transnational consumer goods company.
- Represented a cable company in the first successful FTC clearance of the acquisition of an overbuilt cable system.
- Served as antitrust counsel for a leading provider of sample and assay technologies, and are currently involved in counseling and representing the company in merger and acquisition activities.
- Represented one of the nation’s premier pharmacy chains in its $27 billion acquisition of a “big three” pharmacy benefits manager.
- Represented one of the nation’s leading hospital and physicians network in parallel DOJ Antitrust Division and State Attorney General investigations.
- Obtained an order denying certification of a national class in an MDL antitrust class action involving 20 cases consolidated from around the country alleging an illegal tying arrangement in connection with the offering of set top boxes and premium cable services.
- Served as antitrust counsel for a hospital in its merger with another medical center.
- Served as counsel for Oregon Scientific, Inc. (“OSI”) in many class action cases around the country concerning the sale of certain types of flat panel display screens. The MDL case was consolidated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, but we represented the clients in multiple states. We secured dismissals for OSI with no out of pocket damages or settlement costs.
- Represented a leading provider of sample and assay technologies in the antitrust aspects of its $1.5 billion acquisition of another life sciences company.
- Represented major cable television providers and major programming networks in connection with a high-profile merger proceeding before the Department of Justice and state attorneys general.
- Served as lead counsel for an American telecom company in a purported nationwide antitrust class action. The suit alleged that the cable operator’s practice of leasing set-top boxes to customers who also purchase cable television services constitutes an illegal antitrust tie.
- Represented an American retail and pharmacy chain in an antitrust class action alleging unfair restriction for participation in a Rhode Island pharmacy network. We obtained summary judgment for the defendants, which was affirmed on appeal.
- Represented the regional council for a construction trade union in connection with a lawsuit brought by other trade unions alleging that provisions in the defendant’s collective bargaining agreements governing subcontracting of work within the defendant’s claimed trade jurisdiction result in an illegal restraint of trade in violation of the Sherman Act.
- Represent a defendant major electronic component manufacturer in class action cartel antitrust litigation.
- Represented Comcast, as successor to AT&T Broadband, in a lawsuit alleging that AT&T Broadband misrepresented the nature of the network access fee for interstate calling that AT&T imposed on its local phone service customers. We obtained dismissal of all claims by the trial court and won a decision on appeal affirming the dismissal.
- Represented a cable network in a dispute against an Internet programming distributor. The two companies had an agreement that allowed the distributor to carry the cable network under certain circumstances. The cable network terminated for breach of the terms. The Internet programming distributor sued under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
- Represented one of the largest American retail pharmacies in the antitrust aspects of its $2.7 billion acquisition of an American drugstore chain.
- Represented one of the nation’s leading hospital and physicians networks in connection with its acquisitions of three community hospitals and a large physician group.
- Served as lead counsel for a major telecommunications carrier in multidistrict litigation involving 20 separate antitrust class action suits that have been consolidated. The suits allege that the cable industry’s practice of leasing set-top boxes to customers who also purchase cable television services constitutes an illegal tying arrangement under the antitrust laws.
- Represent one of the nation's most prestigious health care providers and hospital groups, since its creation over 20 years ago, to help it make smooth and efficient acquisitions and respond effectively to government investigations.
Recognition & Awards
- Chambers USA: District of Columbia – Antitrust (2012 – 2017)
- Washington DC Super Lawyers: Antitrust Litigation (2012 – 2018)
- Best Lawyers in America: Antitrust Law (2012 – 2019)
- Nightingale’s Healthcare News: Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer (2007 – 2009)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
- Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
- Member, National Health Lawyers Association