Ian’s career evinces several “firsts”:
- he was trial counsel in the first jury trial price fixing case to attack a wholly foreign conspiracy;
- he argued and won in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in what it called “a case of first impression” on the preemption of state antitrust laws;
- he is counsel to Bitcoin.com and Roger Ver in the first antitrust case involving crypto currency; and he is counsel to Samsung Bioepis in the first “pay for delay” case involving biosimilars;
- he was counsel to American Airlines (successor in interest to US Airways) in the first jury trial of a two-sided market case under the rubric of the Supreme Court opinion in Ohio v. Am. Express Co.,201 L. Ed. 2d 678, 138 S. Ct. 2274 (2018); and
- In 2019, the National Law Journal, in recognizing the DC office as litigation department of the year, singled out the $3 billion summary judgment victory for Samsung Electronics. Ian’s results have been recognized by Law360, which named Ian an MVP of the Year in Competition.
Who’s Who Legal highlights Ian’s “superb attention to detail, excellence in written and oral advocacy and subtle judgement on strategy,” noting that peers and clients consider him “a super smart litigator with great instincts.” “Ian is an excellent lawyer: creative, smart and strategic.” “He has a strong grasp of the economics of the case at hand.” Chambers USA regularly ranks Ian for his work in antitrust litigation, and notes his “fine reputation for his multijurisdictional cartel defense work” and reports that clients describe him as “outstanding and incredibly skilled,” commend his “detail-oriented work,” and praise his “encyclopedic knowledge.” Ian is consistently recognized for his work in antitrust by The Legal 500, which labels him a “star of the antitrust bar” along with O’Melveny’s team as “top-drawer,” and by Global Competition Review who lauded him for his Samsung victory against Qualcomm in 2017 and shortlisted him for “Litigator of the Year” at the 2015 Global Competition Review awards. Ian was also named a 2017 Antitrust Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Litigation in 2017, and a competition expert by Who's Who Legal: Competition in 2018.
Ian defeated class certification on a multi-billion-dollar price fixing claim involving Optical Disk Drives in the Northern District of California against Samsung and other major technology companies and obtained a highly significant victory for Asiana Airlines Inc. in long-running antitrust litigation, which extinguished hundreds of millions of dollars of potential exposure. Ian also represented Marriott International in an antitrust MDL involving online travel company booking; the complaint was dismissed with prejudice.
An eight time moderator or panelist at the American Bar Association Antitrust Spring meeting, and author of over 20 peer review articles, Ian is a Member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association Antitrust Magazine.
Ian is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University Law School.