Derek Ludwin

Derek Ludwin

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5429



  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2000
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • NYU Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Yale University, B.A., 1994

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Kimba M. Wood, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000-2001

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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Derek Ludwin advises clients on high-stakes antitrust litigation, criminal cartel and civil government investigations, transactions, licensing, and compliance issues.

Mr. Ludwin has significant experience helping clients successfully navigate difficult, multi-faceted investigations and complex litigations, and has built a record of achieving positive outcomes. He regularly represents the National Football League, as well as leading electronics manufacturers and others in the sports, manufacturing, and transportation industries.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to the National Football League in multi-district class action antitrust challenges to its television broadcasting arrangements (In re Sunday Ticket Antitrust Litigation).
  • National counsel to leading electronics companies in high-profile class action “follow-on” antitrust litigations.
  • Successfully represented major international manufacturer in international price-fixing cartel investigation, with no action taken by DOJ and other national enforcement agencies.
  • Led successful representation of venture among U.S. media companies in DOJ civil antitrust inquiry, with no enforcement action taken.
  • Advised on antitrust aspects of digital projection system financing in a transaction that was awarded IDD'S Media Deal of the Year.

Previous Experience

  • Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (responsible for various transportation, juvenile justice, and science-related issues).

Honors and Rankings

  • GCR Award Winner, Litigation of the Year - Cartel Defence: Counsel to Samsung in Motorola Mobility v. AU Optronics, et al, US (2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust Civil Litigation/Class Actions (2015) and Sports (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Antitrust (2016) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation (2013-2015)

Pro Bono

  • Mr. Ludwin serves as pro bono outside counsel to the Washington Humane Society in its mission to protect animals and prevent cruelty and neglect.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, Corporate Counseling Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law
  • Chapter Editor, Antitrust Law Developments (7th edition) and 2012-15 Supplements

Publications and Speeches

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