Katrina Robson

Partner

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Katrina M. Robson is a globally recognized antitrust trial lawyer, with experience trying merger, single-firm conduct and restraint of trade cases. Her advocacy has made material differences in the business of some of the country’s most recognized companies. She defended AT&T and Time Warner’s $100 billion telecommunications-media merger against a challenge by the Department of Justice in the “antitrust trial of the century”, one of only three trial attorneys representing both clients; won a rare rule-of-reason jury verdict for US Airways in its antitrust action against Sabre, a technology-based global distribution services company; and obtained clearance for Schwab’s $26 billion acquisition of TD Ameritrade, US Airways’ $11 billion merger with American Airlines, and General Mill’s acquisition of organics icon Annie’s.

Katrina has represented Fortune 500 companies in dozens of proceedings ranging from agency investigations to private and government litigation. She also counsels clients on a variety issues, including monopolization, vertical restraints and integration, merger advocacy and clearance, general antitrust compliance, and global litigation strategy. Her expertise has been recognized by leading publications including Legal 500 US (for both antitrust and general commercial disputes) and Global Competition Review (on its international list of “Women in Antitrust”).

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Honors & Awards

  • Ranked by Chambers USA for Antitrust: Litigation Specialists (2022)
  • Named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list and recognized as a “Litigation Star” in Competition/Antitrust by Benchmark Litigation (2022)
  • Profiled in Women@Competition’s “40 in their 40s, Notable Women Competition Professionals (Americas)”
  • Named a Next Generation Partner and recognized for Antitrust Law (2017-2020), Merger Control (2019-2021), Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense (2021) and General Commercial Disputes (2018) by The Legal 500 US
  • Featured in Global Competition Review’s “Women in Antitrust 2016,” recognizing the 150 leading private practitioners, in-house counsel, enforcers, economics, and academics from around the world

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

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Vice-Chair, Trial Practice Committee
  • Competition Editorial Advisory Board, Law360
  • 2016 Consumer Protection Law Developments (Editorial Board)

Speaking Engagements & Articles

  • “The Pandemic’s Impact on Interim Operating Covenants: Lessons From The Now-Resolved Sycamore - L Brands Dispute,” The M&A Journal (August 1, 2020) (co-author)
  • “How Do You Put the Bricks Together: Evidence that Makes a Difference at Merger Trials” ABA Antitrust Podcast (October 2019)
  • “Full Compensation for Injured Parties: Where Do We Stand More than Four Years after the Adoption of the Antitrust Damages Directive?” GCR 11th Annual Brussels Conference (July 2019)
  • “MFNs in Litigation,” ABA Fall Forum (November 2017)
  • “Big Stakes Antitrust Trials,” 27th Annual Golden State Antitrust Institute (August 2017)
  • 65th ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting Mock Trial (March 2017)
  • “FTC Enforcement Actions Address False “All Natural” Claims,” ABA Antitrust Section Newsletter (December 2016) (co-author)
  • “Antitrust Economic Workshop,” Fordham International Antitrust Law and Policy Conference (2016)
  • “Nuts & Bolts: Reacting to a Potential Challenge,” ABA Antitrust Section Roundtable (January 2015)
  • “Antitrust Discovery Handbook,” ABA Antitrust Section (2013) (contributor)
  • “The New Landscape of Children’s Online Privacy,” Corporate Counsel (August 2013) (co-author)
  • “FTC v. Actavis: Reconciling Conflicts in Rule of Reason,” Law360 (July 2, 2013) (co-author)
  • “The Law of Loyalty Discounts: Two and a Half Theories,” Corporate Counsel (June 21, 2013) (co-author)
  • “The Impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Antitrust Class Action Defense,” ABA Antitrust Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee (August 2011) (co-author)
  • “Assessing the Reasonableness of the Rule of Reason: The World after Leegin,” International Antitrust Law & Policy: Fordham Competition Law 2009 (co-author)
  • Obtained clearance for Schwab’s acquisition of TD Ameritrade.
  • Won arbitration for major corporate conglomerate involving a multi-billion contract.
  • Defended AT&T and Time Warner against DOJ’s challenge to US$100 billion merger.
  • Obtained clearance of US Airways/American Airlines merger after litigation with DOJ.
  • Obtained clearance for General Mills’ acquisition of Annie’s.
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In the News

The Philadelphia Inquirer: PA School Funding is “Inadequate,” “Inequitable,” and “Illogical,” Court Hears As Landmark Trial Closes

July 26, 2022

Associated Press: 4-Month Trial in Lawsuit Over Public School Funding Wraps

March 10, 2022

The Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Catastrophic failures’ of Pa. school funding mean students are disadvantaged from the start, plaintiffs argue in landmark trial’s closing

March 10, 2022

Law360: Music Rights, Radio Station Groups Settle Licensing Fee Row

January 10, 2022

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. School Funding Trial Resumes in Commonwealth Court. Here’s What to Know

January 5, 2022

WHYY Radio - NPR/PBS Philadelphia: Pa. School Funding Trial Kicks Off With Competing Visions of ‘Thorough and Efficient’

November 12, 2021

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers have neglected their duty to quality education across the state | Opinion

November 12, 2021

Courthouse News Service: Trial Opens in Pennsylvania Over School Funding Disparities

November 12, 2021

Pennsylvania Capital Star: Lawsuit Over Pa. School Funding Goes To Trial, Witness Testimony Begins Next Week

November 12, 2021

Law360: DirecTV Hands Off Bars' 'Sunday Ticket' Claims To Arbitration

April 22, 2021

Law.com: Miami Cryptocurrency Antitrust Case Could Provide Blueprint for Other Litigation

April 6, 2021

Press Releases

Events

Alerts and Publications

DOJ Breathes New Life into Section 2 Criminal Enforcement

March 8, 2022

FTC Announces New 2022 HSR Reporting Thresholds and Renews Call to Congress for Additional Funding

January 25, 2022

Prompted by Sweeping Executive Order on Competition, New Leadership at US Antitrust Agencies to Launch Review of Merger Guidelines; Similar Initiatives in Europe and China May Signal Greater Convergence in Enforcement Across Jurisdictions

July 26, 2021

Unanimous Supreme Court Affirms Injunction Barring NCAA Rules that Limit Education-Related Compensation to Student Athletes

June 30, 2021

Supreme Court Holds That FTC Cannot Sue for Monetary Relief: AMG Capital Management v. FTC

April 26, 2021

European Commission Extends Reach Over Non-Reportable Transactions

April 6, 2021

Senator Klobuchar Unveils Broad New Proposed Antitrust Legislation

February 8, 2021

FTC Adjusts New 2021 HSR Reporting Thresholds Downward

February 3, 2021

EU Commission Publishes Text of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

January 27, 2021

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division Brings First-Ever Criminal No-Poach Case

January 22, 2021

Germany Strengthens Antitrust Enforcement Powers to Rein in Big Tech

January 19, 2021

China Expands National Security Review of Foreign Investments

January 12, 2021

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 2 - Draft Digital Services Act

December 23, 2020

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 1 - Draft Digital Markets Act

December 21, 2020

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division Brings First-Ever Criminal Labor Market Collusion Case

December 17, 2020

New Guidelines Clarify When Antitrust Division Will Consider Using Arbitration

December 1, 2020

The UK National Security and Investment Bill: Strengthening scrutiny of investment in the UK and introducing the UK’s first mandatory notification regime

November 20, 2020

China Publishes “Unreliable Entities” Rules Targeting Foreign Enterprises

September 22, 2020

DOJ Issues Letter Encouraging IEEE to Change Policy on Standard Essential Patents

September 18, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Approves First Cartel Settlement

August 13, 2020