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Bob Cooper's extensive experience includes representing clients in complex commercial litigation and governmental investigations and counseling global companies on their most challenging and significant business issues. His particular expertise in antitrust and competition matters leads clients to seek his judgment and strategic advice on mergers, acquisitions and other business transactions. Bob also regularly advises clients on dealings with competitors, suppliers and customers.

Bob has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including airlines, agribusiness, banking, healthcare, health insurance, healthcare technology, insurance/reinsurance, Internet, payment systems, private equity, sports media and telecommunications. He has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel before a number of federal and state courts, in arbitration proceedings and mediations, and before the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and numerous state Attorneys General.

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Credentials

J.D., Emory University School of Law, with distinction

B.A., Columbia University

District of Columbia

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

American Bar Association

The Economic Club of Washington D.C.

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In the News · Source: The American Lawyer, Reuters, ABA Journal, Bloomberg Law, Law360, The Global Legal Post, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Global Competition Review

July 13, 2020
Antitrust partner Robert Cooper joins the firm’s Trial and Global Disputes practice group in Washington, D.C.

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Matters

Served as lead trial and appellate counsel in the FTC's and North Dakota Attorney General's challenge to Sanford Health's proposed acquisition of a multi-specialty physician practice

Served as co-lead trial counsel in defending a Fortune 100 company in a multi-hundred million-dollar arbitration alleging breach of a technology licensing agreement and tortious interference (no relief awarded to claimants)

Lead defense of six companies in litigation alleging breach of licensing agreements and prosecution of antitrust counterclaims (confidential settlement)

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Served as lead trial and appellate counsel in the FTC's and North Dakota Attorney General's challenge to Sanford Health's proposed acquisition of a multi-specialty physician practice

Served as co-lead trial counsel in defending a Fortune 100 company in a multi-hundred million-dollar arbitration alleging breach of a technology licensing agreement and tortious interference (no relief awarded to claimants)

Lead defense of six companies in litigation alleging breach of licensing agreements and prosecution of antitrust counterclaims (confidential settlement)

Represented American Express in antitrust litigation against Visa and MasterCard in which American Express obtained a record-breaking settlement in excess of $4 billion

Defended American Express against claims by the Department of Justice and various merchants (both a class and opt outs) alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act

Obtained antitrust clearance for multiple transactions in the airline industry

Obtained antitrust clearance for the consolidation of two major healthcare systems into an $11 billion organization

Obtained antitrust clearance for a major health system’s acquisition of one of the nation’s largest providers of senior care services

Represented Cogent Communications on competition and regulatory issues in the U.S. and Europe, and before the DOJ and FCC in connection with the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger

Represented a Chinese manufacturer in connection with U.S. antitrust issues associated with the acquisition of a competitor

Represented an integrated health system in connection with competition and related issues

Represented a major healthcare technology company in connection with numerous competition and other issues

Represented an international private equity firm in an SEC investigation

Defended Delta Air Lines in a lawsuit challenging its merger with Northwest Airlines, and represented Delta in connection with the DOJ’s review of that merger

Lead an internal investigation for Bermuda-based reinsurer RenaissanceRe, and represented the non-executive members of the Board in connection with related governmental investigations

News

In the News · Source: The American Lawyer, Reuters, ABA Journal, Bloomberg Law, Law360, The Global Legal Post, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Global Competition Review

July 13, 2020
Antitrust partner Robert Cooper joins the firm’s Trial and Global Disputes practice group in Washington, D.C.

View all

Matters

Served as lead trial and appellate counsel in the FTC's and North Dakota Attorney General's challenge to Sanford Health's proposed acquisition of a multi-specialty physician practice

Served as co-lead trial counsel in defending a Fortune 100 company in a multi-hundred million-dollar arbitration alleging breach of a technology licensing agreement and tortious interference (no relief awarded to claimants)

Lead defense of six companies in litigation alleging breach of licensing agreements and prosecution of antitrust counterclaims (confidential settlement)

See more
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Close

Matters

Served as lead trial and appellate counsel in the FTC's and North Dakota Attorney General's challenge to Sanford Health's proposed acquisition of a multi-specialty physician practice

Served as co-lead trial counsel in defending a Fortune 100 company in a multi-hundred million-dollar arbitration alleging breach of a technology licensing agreement and tortious interference (no relief awarded to claimants)

Lead defense of six companies in litigation alleging breach of licensing agreements and prosecution of antitrust counterclaims (confidential settlement)

Represented American Express in antitrust litigation against Visa and MasterCard in which American Express obtained a record-breaking settlement in excess of $4 billion

Defended American Express against claims by the Department of Justice and various merchants (both a class and opt outs) alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act

Obtained antitrust clearance for multiple transactions in the airline industry

Obtained antitrust clearance for the consolidation of two major healthcare systems into an $11 billion organization

Obtained antitrust clearance for a major health system’s acquisition of one of the nation’s largest providers of senior care services

Represented Cogent Communications on competition and regulatory issues in the U.S. and Europe, and before the DOJ and FCC in connection with the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger

Represented a Chinese manufacturer in connection with U.S. antitrust issues associated with the acquisition of a competitor

Represented an integrated health system in connection with competition and related issues

Represented a major healthcare technology company in connection with numerous competition and other issues

Represented an international private equity firm in an SEC investigation

Defended Delta Air Lines in a lawsuit challenging its merger with Northwest Airlines, and represented Delta in connection with the DOJ’s review of that merger

Lead an internal investigation for Bermuda-based reinsurer RenaissanceRe, and represented the non-executive members of the Board in connection with related governmental investigations

News

In the News · Source: The American Lawyer, Reuters, ABA Journal, Bloomberg Law, Law360, The Global Legal Post, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Global Competition Review

July 13, 2020
Antitrust partner Robert Cooper joins the firm’s Trial and Global Disputes practice group in Washington, D.C.

View all

Credentials

J.D., Emory University School of Law, with distinction

B.A., Columbia University

District of Columbia

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

American Bar Association

The Economic Club of Washington D.C.