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Bob Cooper's extensive experience includes representing clients in complex commercial litigation and governmental investigations, conducting internal 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, biotechnology, 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

Law Clerk, Hon. William C. O'Kelley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

American Bar Association

The Economic Club of Washington D.C.

Matters

Lead an internal investigation for a major biotechnology company

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)

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Lead an internal investigation for a major biotechnology company

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

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

Obtained antitrust clearance for multiple transactions in the healthcare and airline industries

Represented a global Internet service provider 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 strategic issues

Represented an international private equity firm in an SEC investigation

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

Matters

Lead an internal investigation for a major biotechnology company

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)

See more
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Close

Matters

Lead an internal investigation for a major biotechnology company

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

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

Obtained antitrust clearance for multiple transactions in the healthcare and airline industries

Represented a global Internet service provider 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 strategic issues

Represented an international private equity firm in an SEC investigation

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

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

Law Clerk, Hon. William C. O'Kelley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

American Bar Association

The Economic Club of Washington D.C.