Lee H. Simowitz

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

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 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 antitrust 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 antitrust 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.
  • 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.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Antitrust: Civil litigation/class actions
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2012 to Present)
    • Washington, D.C.: Antitrust Law
  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2020)

Memberships

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

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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • District of Columbia

Education

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

Blog

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Antitrust Advocate
PGA Tour Wins First Round in Antitrust Legal Fight with Players
By Ann M. O'Brien, Alyse F. Stach
August 10, 2022
On August 9, 2022, a federal judge hearing the antitrust lawsuit filed by 11 professional golf players against the PGA Tour ruled against three of the players who had sought a temporary restraining order. The order, if granted, would have...
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Antitrust Advocate
Is antitrust liability in the future for the PGA Tour, and beyond?
By Ann M. O'Brien, Alyse F. Stach
August 4, 2022
On August 3, 2022, 11 professional golfers, led by Phil Mickelson, filed an antitrust complaint in the Northern District of California against the PGA Tour for the actions it took against the golfers – including suspension from PGA Tour...
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Antitrust Advocate
Baseball's Antitrust Exemption Marks Its 100th Anniversary with a New Challenge
By Tyson Y. Herrold, Carl W. Hittinger
August 1, 2022
For more than a century, minor league baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB) have thrived in a symbiotic relationship. Minor league teams affiliate with major league teams for financial support and access to major league staff. In...
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Antitrust Advocate
Decision Benefits Franchise Businesses and Finds Alston Bars Challenge to No-Poach Agreements
By Tyson Y. Herrold, Ann M. O'Brien, Nicholas M. Rose
July 25, 2022
In June 2021, the Supreme Court reaffirmed in NCAA v. Alston that antitrust claims under Section 1 of the Sherman Act “presumptively” call for rule-of-reason analysis and that only the rare case merits “quick look” or per se treatment. __...
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Antitrust Advocate
West Virginia v. EPA and ‘Major Questions' Facing the Competition Agencies
By Jeffry W. Duffy
July 19, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30 decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency[1] will reverberate throughout the administrative state, inviting challenges to agency actions on major policy issues – including those in the...
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