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 Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Antitrust: Civil litigation/class actions
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2012 to 2017)
    • Washington, D.C.: Antitrust Law
  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2016)

Memberships

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

Services

Industries

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
How to Avoid Antitrust Trouble in Wake of North Carolina Dental Ruling on State Action Immunity
July 25, 2016
BakerHostetler Antitrust Litigation Partners Robert Abrams, Gregory Commins, and Danyll Foix authored an article for The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2016, published by Global Competition Review. The article, headlined “United States...
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Antitrust Advocate
Caution: Sealed Package – There Is More At Risk Than Unsealing
June 21, 2016
Parties litigating in courts across the country routinely file some documents under seal as a matter of course. Sealing filed documents often is a practical necessity – parties need not disclose certain confidential information in the...
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Antitrust Advocate
Antitrust, Appointments and Presidential Front-Runners: Part 1
June 6, 2016
Substantial and substantive issues of national importance are often ­obscured by the usual myopic and frenzied focus on political talking points, sensational sound bites and collateral name-calling. This is perhaps better exemplified in...
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Antitrust Advocate
Second Circuit Resurrects LIBOR Antitrust Case Against Bank Defendants, But Reprieve May Be Short-Lived
June 1, 2016
On May 23, 2016, the Second Circuit breathed new life into the class action case against 16 banks belonging to the British Bankers’ Association (the Banks), vacating the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of the case for lack of...
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Antitrust Advocate
Is That a Carrot or a Stick in Your Hand? The Third Circuit Examines the Line Between Competition and Coercion in De Facto Exclusive Dealing Agreements
May 18, 2016
We recently wrote about attempts to force exclusivity onto customers. But firms with large or dominant market shares often must walk a fine line between properly offering customers percentage-based discounts and improperly coercing...
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