William DeVinney

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

William DeVinney has a broad litigation practice that includes antitrust, intellectual property, commercial class action, securities and other complex commercial litigation. He has extensive trial experience, both as a member of trial teams and as first chair in jury and bench trials, arbitrations proceedings and regulatory hearings, and has argued cases before several federal and state appellate courts. William also counsels clients on antitrust issues.

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  • Member of a team representing a certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 southeastern states against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for the marketing, sale and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of the alleged damages.
  • Represented a multinational consumer goods company in a consumer class action alleging false advertising. The complaint against the client was dismissed with prejudice.
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Experience

  • Member of a team representing a certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 southeastern states against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for the marketing, sale and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of the alleged damages.
  • Represented a multinational consumer goods company in a consumer class action alleging false advertising. The complaint against the client was dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented a multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation against a Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by a competitor alleging that the client had either monopolized or attempted to monopolize the alleged market for transgenic corn seed.
  • Defended a multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology company accused of monopolizing the market for the transgenic corn seed industry. A motion for class certification by the plaintiff was rejected by the trial court and before the Third Circuit on appeal.
  • Represented a multinational technology company in a private antitrust claim brought by a competitor, as well as in investigations brought by the European Union, the Federal Trade Commission and state government enforcement agencies.
  • Defended a former executive of Bankers Trust Corp. in a criminal trial and related Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative proceedings arising from the alleged improper accounting treatment of unclaimed funds. After a six-week jury trial, the client was acquitted of all 36 counts in the indictment and a favorable settlement was reached with the SEC.

Recognitions and Memberships

Pro Bono

  • Served as lead counsel for three congressional representatives and a public interest group filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court.
  • Has represented several clients in fair housing cases in antidiscrimination, fair housing, landlord/tenant and contractual disputes.

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 1998
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1991

Blog

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Antitrust Advocate
Trump’s Pick for Department of Justice Antitrust Division Chief
May 4, 2017
Last month we discussed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings. Specifically, we noted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s failure to nail Gorsuch down on key antitrust issues, including issues he handled as an experienced...
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Antitrust Advocate
The Senate’s Uneventful Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing
April 25, 2017
Recently, we discussed in prior articles the antitrust legacy of Neil Gorsuch, currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. Gorsuch has significant antitrust...
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Case Closed! FTC Announces New Processes for Potentially Ending Investigations
April 20, 2017
Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission’s Acting Chair, Maureen K. Ohlhausen, announced new and potentially meaningful processes to be implemented by the agency for reviewing and ending some investigations. Responding to President...
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Antitrust Legacy of High Court Nominee Gorsuch in Private Practice
April 4, 2017
Last month, we discussed the antitrust jurisprudence of Neil Gorsuch, currently of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit judge and nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States. Our discussion focused on three of Gorsuch’s...
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The Antitrust Points of View of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch
February 21, 2017
Last March, we wrote a series of articles discussing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s antitrust legacy on the Supreme Court. We noted Scalia’s admitted discomfort with the Sherman Act, specifically with holding corporate defendants...
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