Cortlin H. Lannin

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Covington & Burling LLP
One Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-5356
Tel: 415.591.7078
Fax: 415.955.6578




  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • Director of Appellate Programs
  • Brown University, B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions

  • California

Cortlin Lannin is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office.  His practice focuses primarily on complex class action and antitrust litigation, including antitrust in technology and high tech industries.  Mr. Lannin also has experience with intellectual property issues and has advised several leading technology companies on the application of copyright and trademark law to Internet services.  Before joining Covington, Mr. Lannin was a national political consultant and specialized in polling and focus group research.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of large national bank in multiple class action cases challenging practices and disclosures related to posting of debit-card transactions.
  • Representation of international airline in civil class action litigation alleging price-fixing of passenger fares and fuel surcharges.
  • Representation of leading online travel agency in civil class action litigation alleging antitrust violations in the market for online hotel bookings.
  • Representation of supplier of automobile components in multidistrict class action cases alleging price-fixing in the wire harness market, achieving client’s dismissal on personal jurisdiction grounds.
  • Representation of one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers in dispute over licensing of patents declared essential to cellular and connectivity standards and subject to a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”) licensing commitment.

Honors and Rankings

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation "Rising Star" (2013)

Pro Bono

  • Assisted in writing amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting a non-discrimination policy universally applied by the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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