Robert D. Wick

Partner

rwick@cov.com
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Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2401
Tel: 202.662.5487


 

Practices

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1992
    • magna cum laude
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1988
    • summa cum laude

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1992-1993

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


Robert Wick represents financial institutions and corporations in high stakes class actions and antitrust cases.  He has obtained favorable results for his clients in courts across the country and in arbitration, including notable successes in multi-billion dollar matters and a $50 million recovery that he obtained for a corporate plaintiff.

Mr. Wick has served as lead counsel for financial institutions and corporations in over fifty class actions and state attorney general actions asserting a wide variety of antitrust, unfair and deceptive practices, RICO, ERISA, FDCPA, FCRA, TILA, and common law claims.  Many of these matters were successfully resolved through pre-trial motions or favorable class certification rulings.

Representative Matters

  • Persuaded the court in Motorola v. AU Optronics, Inc., 2014 WL 258154 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 23, 2014) to reconsider and reverse a prior adverse ruling by an MDL court, resulting in summary judgment for defendants on $3.5 billion in antitrust claims.
  • Represented a leading financial institution and obtained a favorable settlement in a multi-billion dollar antitrust case brought by a corporate plaintiff against major credit card issuers.
  • Represented IBM in multi-billion dollar class action litigation that ended successfully with the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Cooper v. IBM, 457 F.3d 636 (7th Cir. 2006).
  • Represented a leading financial institution in In re Foreign Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation, a consolidated set of antitrust class actions that settled on favorable terms after motions practice eliminated a majority of the class.
  • Represented a technology company in an international arbitration in which the company prevailed and obtained a $50 million award.
  • Persuaded the court in In Re Tax Sales Certificates Antitrust Litigation to grant initial motion to dismiss a consolidated set of antitrust class actions directed against financial institutions, and then settled the case on favorable terms.
  • Persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reverse a Second Circuit ruling against the Xerox pension plan in a case that made new law under ERISA.  See Conkright v. Frommert, 130 S. Ct. 1640 (2010).

Honors and Rankings

  • Am Law Litigation Daily, “Co-Litigator of the Week” (1/30/2014)
  • Legal 500 US, Finance - Financial Services: Litigation
  • Recognized as a Washington DC Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation and Class Action Litigation.

Publications and Speeches

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