Joseph Ostoyich

Department Chair - Litigation (Washington) Partner

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Washington, D.C.

P: +1.202.639.7905 F: +1.202.639.1163

"The consummate consigliere in terms of client service," with "excellent recall, in-depth knowledge and exceptionally good judgment," (The Legal 500 2017), and "an outstanding trial lawyer [.]" (Chambers USA 2015)

Joseph Ostoyich is a senior partner of the firm, a member of its Executive Committee, and Chair of the firm's Litigation Department in Washington, D.C. He has more than twenty-five years of experience representing some of the world's leading companies in bet-the-company price fixing, monopolization and the full gamut of antitrust litigation in U.S. courts and in merger and non-merger investigations in industries ranging from high-technology to paper, chemicals, foundry, energy, transportation and agricultural commodities.

Mr. Ostoyich recently received a defense verdict as lead trial counsel in an eight week bench trial against the Federal Trade Commission on charges that his client conspired to fix prices directly and through an industry association. The Commission's decision to dismiss six of its own counts marked the first time in two decades that the Commission ruled against its own claims. This case earned Mr. Ostoyich and the trial team recognition as “Legal Lions” in Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs (February 14, 2014) and the award for Behavioral Matter of the Year- Americas by the Global Competition Review (April 14, 2015).

Additional recent litigation verdicts include receiving a zero dollar judgment on behalf of a client facing a multibillion dollar monopolization suit brought by its main rival, a summary judgment in a price fixing case charging his client with participating in a decade-long conspiracy to fix natural gas prices, and the dismissal and denial of class certification in a long-running set of direct and indirect purchaser monopolization and conspiracy class actions. In all three cases, his cross examination of the opposing experts led the courts to exclude or disregard their testimony. Mr. Ostoyich received dismissals on the pleadings in numerous other antitrust cases.

Mr. Ostoyich also represents parties in merger reviews by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and government authorities around the world. He most recently represented Ingevity Corporation in its acquisition of Georgia Pacific’s pine chemicals business before the FTC and competition authorities around the world, and MeadWestvaco Corporation in a worldwide clearance for its $16 billion merger with RockTenn Corporation.

He is regularly recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer in Chambers USA (2014-2017) and Legal 500 (2015-2017), rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell (2013-2019), and named a D.C. Super Lawyer for Antitrust (2013-2018).

He is a member of the Antitrust Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and regularly speaks at industry conferences and client retreats about antitrust law developments. He has written and edited several dozen articles and analyses of the antitrust laws and co-authored a chapter on the law and economics of antitrust damages in a leading treatise.

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