Katrina Robson

Partner

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Katrina M. Robson represents clients in complex, high-profile antitrust and competition litigation against both government agencies and private parties. Her work has made material differences in the business of some of the country’s most recognized companies.  Katrina held a pivotal role in the high-profile US Airways-American Airlines antitrust litigation that temporarily held up the groundbreaking US$17 billion merger and obtained early antitrust clearance for General Mills’ acquisition of organics icon Annie’s.

Katrina has extensive experience briefing and litigating disputes, having worked on appellate briefs, argued before the Ninth Circuit, and participated in multiple trials and evidentiary hearings. She has achieved precedential decisions in antitrust litigation, including obtaining summary judgment on a motion for reconsideration for gaming technology company IGT, subsequently affirmed by the Federal Circuit, and dismissal of plaintiffs’ price-fixing claims against Marriott in MDL proceedings.

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Honors & Awards

  • Recognized for Antitrust Law (2017-2019), Merger Control (2019), and General Commercial Disputes (2018) by The Legal 500 US
  • Featured in “Leadership, Partnership, and Women in the Law: How This Firm Got it Right,” Ms. JD (2015)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California

Education

  • Harvard University, J.D.: Executive Editor, Journal of Law and Public Policy; President, Board of Student Advisers
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, M.A., Education
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., English: Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Member

  • Editorial Board, Consumer Protection Law Developments (2013)
  • Board of Directors, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation (2006-2008)

Vice-Chair

  • American Bar Association, Franchise and Distribution Committee, Antitrust Section

Contributing Author

  • 2011 Consumer Protection Law Developments Update

Co-Author

  • “The New Landscape of Children’s Online Privacy,” Corporate Counsel (August 2013)
  • “FTC v. Actavis: Reconciling Conflicts in Rule of Reason,” Law360 (July 2, 2013)
  • “The Law of Loyalty Discounts: Two and a Half Theories,” Corporate Counsel (June 21, 2013)
  • "The Impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Antitrust Class Action Defense," ABA Antitrust Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee (August 2011)
  • "Assessing the Reasonableness of the Rule of Reason: The World after Leegin," International Antitrust Law & Policy: Fordham Competition Law 2009
  • "The Stimulus Bill and the Electric Industry," ABA Infrastructure (Spring 2009)
  • Defended AT&T and Time Warner in the biggest merger case in decades, defeating an attempt by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division to block the US$85.4 billion merger between the telecom and media giants; after five weeks of testimony, a federal judge rejected the government’s theories, denied the government’s request for an injunction, and imposed no conditions on the parties.
  • Representing Marriott in MDL proceedings involving alleged resale price maintenance and price fixing in the hotel industry.
  • Represented US Airways in litigation against the DOJ regarding its merger with American Airlines.
  • Defended manufacturer of a weight loss product in a FTC investigation involving the substantiation of advertising claims and the proper use of disclaimers.
  • Represented Agrium in MDL proceedings involving alleged price fixing in the potash industry.
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