Lee H. Simowitz

Partner

Washington, D.C.
T 202.861.1608  |  F 202.861.1783
Lee Simowitz focuses his practice on antitrust, trade regulation, and consumer protection law and has particular experience in matters involving the Sherman Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, the Clayton Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, the Newspaper Preservation Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, and the Lanham Act. Lee is a contributor to BakerHostetler’s Antitrust Advocate blog, providing informative commentary on the latest developments in the antitrust litigation sector. Lee practices extensively before appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeal and state appellate courts. He successfully represented a minority broadcaster before the Supreme Court when the Court upheld a Federal Communications Commission affirmative action program against constitutional attack [Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. FCC, 497 U.S. 547 (1990)].

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  • Extensive experience in antitrust litigation, including representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, and state antitrust enforcement agencies, as well as in private treble-damage litigation.
  • Litigated antitrust cases in such industries as consumer electronics, agriculture, professional and amateur sports, auto parts, higher education, real estate, newspapers and newspaper features, soft drinks, airlines and transportation, surface mining, auto glass, and paper and packaging.
  • In the area of healthcare, litigated matters involving hospital staff privileges, hospital mergers, pharmacy and other provider networks, and integration by hospitals into home healthcare services and equipment.
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Experience

  • Extensive experience in antitrust litigation, including representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, and state antitrust enforcement agencies, as well as in private treble-damage litigation.
  • Litigated antitrust cases in such industries as consumer electronics, agriculture, professional and amateur sports, auto parts, higher education, real estate, newspapers and newspaper features, soft drinks, airlines and transportation, surface mining, auto glass, and paper and packaging.
  • In the area of healthcare, litigated matters involving hospital staff privileges, hospital mergers, pharmacy and other provider networks, and integration by hospitals into home healthcare services and equipment.
  • Represents clients in merger and acquisition matters before the FTC and the Justice Department, including the required filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
  • Represented clients in both criminal and civil matters arising out of alleged conspiracies affecting electronics products, including liquid crystal display, and cathode ray display panels.
  • Represents clients in advertising and other consumer protection matters before the Federal Trade Commission and in private disputes under the Lanham Act.
  • Represented clients in investigations and litigation involving allegedly false or unsubstantiated advertising under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act and credit matters under the Truth in Lending Act and the Fair Credit Billing Act.
  • Represents clients before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission under the Consumer Product Safety Act and the other statutes administered by the CPSC, involving industries, such as power tools, consumer communications equipment, and kitchen appliances.

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2012 to 2015)
    • Washington, D.C.: Antitrust Law
  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2015)

Memberships

  • W. Fugate, Foreign Commerce and the Antitrust Laws (Little Brown 5th ed. 1996): Contributor

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Prior Positions

 

  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection (1973 to 1977)
    • Staff Lawyer
    • Assistant to the Director
    • Advisor to the Chairman
  • Antitrust Law Developments (3d ed. 1992), ABA Antitrust Section: Editorial Board

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 1973

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1972
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1968

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Antitrust Advocate
EU Tells Google to Try Harder
April 16, 2015
It’s official: on Wednesday, in a formal Statement of Objections, the European Union’s antitrust chief formally accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the web search arena. The European Commission is focused on Google’s alleged...
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Antitrust Advocate
BakerHostetler Releases White Paper on FTC Act Section 5 Symposium
April 14, 2015
BakerHostetler’s Antitrust and Competition team is delighted to share with you a white paper we prepared highlighting points of interest from the February 26, 2015 Symposium we hosted on Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. We...
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Antitrust Advocate
Symposium Advances Debate Over FTC’s Section 5 Enforcement Powers
April 6, 2015
What is an “unfair method of competition” for purposes of the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement powers? For more than 100 years, lawyers, economists and other experts—as well as courts—have debated that question, trying to determine...
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Antitrust Advocate
Oregon Federal Court Weighs In on Disputed Umbrella Theory of Damages
March 31, 2015
An Oregon federal court recently relied on the so-called umbrella theory of damages to decide that the plaintiffs had an antitrust injury necessary to pursue an injunction. While this decision has garnered attention for enjoining the...
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CFIUS Report Reflects Continued Need to Plan for Government Scrutiny of Cross-border Transactions
March 24, 2015
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently reported its 2013 activities, confirming the continuation of its heightened review and investigation of certain foreign direct investments in U.S. businesses. CFIUS...
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