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Bruce D. Sokler

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Education

  • Georgetown University (JD)
  • Princeton University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

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.

Representative Matters

Mergers

  • Represented Seventh Generation in its acquisition by Unilever
  • Represented Partners Healthcare in connection with its acquisitions of three community hospitals and a large physician group
  • Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $27 billion acquisition of Caremark
  • Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $2.7 billion acquisition of Longs Drugs  
  • Represented Qiagen in the antitrust aspects of its $1.5 billion acquisition of Digene
  • Represented a cable company in the first successful FTC clearance of the acquisition of an overbuilt cable system
  • Represented Lowell General Hospital in its merger with Saints Medical Center

Government Investigations (publically disclosable)

  • Represented CVS Caremark in In re CVS Caremark, Inc., Docket No. C-4357 (FTC 2012)
  • Represented Partners Healthcare System in parallel DOJ Antitrust Division and State Attorney General investigations

Representative Litigations 

  • United States v. Broadcast Music, Inc. No. 16-3830-CV (2d Cir.) (counsel for NCTA–The Internet & Television Association)
  • Benchmark, Electronics, Inc. et. Al v. AVX Corporation, et. Al, Case No. 4:17-cv-01219 (S.D. Tex.) (Counsel for AVX)
  • The ASSI Beneficiaries Trust, By & Through Kenneth A. Welt, Liquidating Trustee, v. AVX Corp. et. al Case No. 1:16-cv-23691-DPG (S.D. Fla.)
  • In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, No. –cv-03264-JD (N.D. Cal.) (counsel for AVX)
  • Schuten Electronics Inc., v. AVX Corp. et. Al (N.D. Cal. (counsel for AVX).
  • Sky Angel v. C-SPAN (D.D.C. 2014) (counsel for C-SPAN, antitrust case resolved on motion to dismiss)
  • In re Cox Communications, Inc. Set Top Box Antitrust Litigation, 2011 WL 6826813 (W.D. Okl. Dec. 28, 2011) (counsel for Cox)
  • Covad Communications Co. v. Bell Atlantic Corp., 398 F.3rd 666 (D.C. Cir. 2005) (counsel for Covad)
  • Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 373 F.3d 57 (1st Cir. 2004) (counsel for CVS) (obtained directed verdict at close of plaintiffs’ case in jury trial)
  • Jung v. Association of American Medical Colleges, 339 F.Supp.2d 26 (D.D.C. 2004), aff’d, (D.C. Cir. 2006) (unpublished opinion)
  • C-SPAN-FCC, 531 F.3rd 105 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (counsel for C-SPAN)
  • Quest Services Corp v. FCC, 398 F.3rd 666 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (counsel for iBasis)
  • Covad Communications Co. v. FCC, 450 F.3rd 528 (D.C. Cir. 2006) (counsel for Covad)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, 520 U.S. 180 (1997) and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, 512 U.S. 622 (1994) (counsel for Turner)

Recognitions & Awards

  • Chambers USA: District of Columbia – Antitrust (2012 – 2017)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers: Antitrust Litigation (2012 – 2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Antitrust Law (2012 – 2018)
  • Nightingale’s Healthcare News: Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer (2007 – 2009)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, National Health Lawyers Association