Jonathan L. Lewis

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Jonathan Lewis is an antitrust lawyer with experience representing clients in antitrust and commercial litigation matters and merger reviews. His antitrust experience also includes counseling clients on distribution and business matters. Practical yet creative, Jonathan approaches situations from a business perspective, developing solutions that will meet and sustain his clients' corporate objectives.

Jonathan has been described by Global Competition Review as an "up and coming antitrust lawyer" and "talented litigator" with "a particularly impressive background, having worked in economic consulting before law school." He is a regular contributor to BakerHostetler's Antitrust Advocate blog, providing informative commentary on the latest antitrust developments.

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  • Represented one of Canada’s oldest and largest biopharmaceutical companies throughout the merger clearance process in connection with the sale of that company.
  • Represented worldwide software and product lifecycle management solutions leader throughout merger clearance with acquisition of leading provider of manufacturing software solutions.
  • Advised leading manufacturer of mining and other industrial equipment in its $8.6 billion acquisition of manufacturer of equipment used in surface and underground mining during integration of company.
  • Represented leading steel manufacturer in connection with allegations that steel producers entered into multiyear antitrust conspiracy to reduce production of steel products in the United States through coordinated production cuts for the express purpose of raising price of steel products.
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Experience

  • Represented one of Canada’s oldest and largest biopharmaceutical companies throughout the merger clearance process in connection with the sale of that company.
  • Represented worldwide software and product lifecycle management solutions leader throughout merger clearance with acquisition of leading provider of manufacturing software solutions.
  • Advised leading manufacturer of mining and other industrial equipment in its $8.6 billion acquisition of manufacturer of equipment used in surface and underground mining during integration of company.
  • Represented leading steel manufacturer in connection with allegations that steel producers entered into multiyear antitrust conspiracy to reduce production of steel products in the United States through coordinated production cuts for the express purpose of raising price of steel products.
  • Represented affiliates of leading wireless carrier in disputes and related transactions. Cases were resolved by wireless carrier acquiring affiliates for approximately $831 million in cash and assumed debt.
    • Represented three affiliates of leading wireless carrier seeking to enjoin $11 billion transaction from closing. Case was resolved after expedited discovery.
    • Member of trial and appellate teams that represented affiliate of leading wireless carrier in dispute regarding breach of management agreement between parties. Lawsuit alleging a merger would result in breach of certain exclusivity rights was filed after wireless carrier announced $35 billion merger with competitor. Injunction was issued requiring wireless carrier to divest itself of the competing network and assets in affiliate’s service area. Decision was affirmed by Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court denied petition for leave to appeal.
    • Member of trial team that represented two affiliates of leading wireless carrier in a dispute regarding a breach of management agreements between the parties. Court ordered wireless carrier to cease using its trademark to promote competing products in affiliates’ exclusive territories.
  • Represented leading healthcare system against antitrust claims of price fixing brought on behalf of purported class of registered nurses employed by defendant hospital systems. District court denied plaintiffs' motion for class certification of approximately 19,000 registered nurses in 52-page opinion. Settled after plaintiffs' motion for class certification was denied.
  • Advised largest single health carrier in the United States with regard to $2.6 billion acquisition.
  • Advised leading home appliance manufacturer with regard to $1.79 billion acquisition and $107 million sale of non-core product line.
  • Member of team that represented nation’s premier marketing services company in case in which competitor claimed that client’s exclusive contracts with retailers and other conduct violated Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, the Illinois Antitrust Act, and various common law duties. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client and court rejected plaintiffs’ definition of relevant product market. Decision was unanimously affirmed by panel of the Seventh Circuit.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Antitrust Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section Council: Former Chairman

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Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1999, cum laude
  • M.P.M., University of Maryland, 1993
  • B.A., University of Maryland, 1992, with honors in Economics

Blog

In The Blogs

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Antitrust Advocate
Clear Expectations: DOJ Outlines Tenets of an Effective Antitrust Compliance Program
November 19, 2014
There has never been a greater emphasis on policing anticompetitive behavior worldwide. Dozens of countries have instituted effective and aggressive cartel enforcement programs following a trend of increased global enforcement, and...
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Antitrust Advocate
Gone, Gone, the Damage Done*—Provisions in Transactional Agreements Can Raise Antitrust Risk
November 14, 2014
Soon after someone settles “gun jumping” charges, client alerts and blog posts with informative titles like “DOJ Settlement Resolves ‘Gun Jumping’ Charges” start flying around. These “alerts” and “posts” usually recite facts alleged in a...
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Antitrust Advocate
A History of American Monopolists: Being a Good Corporate Citizen
November 6, 2014
As the story goes, the tragic Johnstown Flood of May 1889 almost sunk the ascendency of future monopolists Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. Both were members of the infamous South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club that factored heavily in...
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Antitrust Advocate
What is the CFIUS: Information to Know When Doing Transactions with Foreign Parties
November 3, 2014
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s recent and much publicized unveiling of legislation to expand the CFIUS review process of transactions likely caused businesspeople everywhere to ask: “What’s the CFIUS?” In short, the Committee on Foreign...
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Antitrust Advocate
Mushroom Court Ruling Sprouts Controversy on Whether Reliance on Lawyer Advice Maintains Affirmative Defense to Antitrust Claims
October 27, 2014
A federal district court recently ruled that claims of “good faith reliance on counsel” were not sufficient to maintain a Capper-Volstead affirmative defense to the antitrust laws – a result that may soon collide with rulings by other...
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