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Michael Fanelli
Michael J. Fanelli
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5383 mfanelli@cov.com Download V-card

Michael Fanelli helps the firm’s clients navigate the risks of global cartel and other civil antitrust and criminal investigations. The vast majority of the companies and individuals that he has defended have faced no adverse governmental actions. He delivers value by providing advice that enables the firm’s clients to understand their options and make the best choice in light of their legal risks and business interests.

  • Represent a major airline in a putative class action alleging price fixing of transpacific fares and surcharges.
  • Represent automotive parts manufacturers in ongoing putative class action private actions.
  • Represented several manufacturers and individuals in investigations in the automotive parts industry. To date, these investigations have been formally closed or no actions have been taken against our clients.
  • Represented a major manufacturer of chemical additive products in a DOJ investigation with no action taken against our client.
  • Obtained a complete dismissal of claims against KWC America, a manufacturer of high-end bathroom and kitchen fixtures, with respect to allegations of resale price maintenance.
  • Represented executives in investigations of collusion in the air cargo industry. No actions were taken against our clients.
  • Represented an international chemical manufacturer in grand jury investigations relating to various products. No action was taken against our client.
  • Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of InfoUSA in an investigation of alleged wrongdoing by the company’s CEO.
  • Represented an international non-governmental organization in an investigation of internal corruption.
  • Represented one of the largest providers of telecommunications services in Asia in an investigation of alleged collusion with respect to termination rates charged to U.S. carriers. The government ultimately closed the investigation and took no action against our client.
  • Represented a leading global producer of rubber chemicals in connection with U.S., European and Canadian price-fixing investigations and related litigation in over twenty state and federal courts.
  • Managed numerous internal investigations in a variety of industries in areas involving potential securities, antitrust, and foreign trade controls issues.
  • Represented a manufacturer of consumer health products in a DOJ investigation of collusion concerning broker fees. The investigation was closed with no action taken against our client.
  • Advised clients on potential criminal antitrust violations and the applicability of US and foreign antitrust leniency programs.
  • Advised various clients in the automotive and industrial products industries on joint venture and collaborative activity.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of the Society for American Archaeology in litigation before the Eastern District of Oregon and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving a dispute over the right to study the remains of the so-called “Kennewick Man,” a skeleton found in the Pacific Northwest believed to be as much as 9,500 years old. Ultimately, the Ninth Circuit ruled that cultural affiliation could not be established between the remains and groups claiming them as their ancestor. The decision opened the door for study of the remains and the litigation has been the subject of numerous books and other publications.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Joint Conduct Committee, ABA Antitrust Section, Co-Chair (2013-present)
  • International Cartel Task Force, ABA Antitrust Section (2011-2012)
  • Competition Laws Outside the United States, Editorial Chair, ABA Antitrust Section (2008-2011)
  • Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee, ABA Antitrust Section, Vice-Chair (2010)
  • International Antitrust Committee, ABA Antitrust Section, Vice-Chair (2004-2010)
  • Competition Laws Outside the United States, Editorial Board (2003-2005)

Previous Experience

  • Mr. Fanelli previously served in the Federal Trade Commission’s Policy Planning Office, where he contributed to the drafting of the DOJ & FTC Competitor Collaboration Guidelines, advised on the antitrust treatment of joint ventures, and was involved in policy and investigatory matters.
  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust - Cartel (2015-2016) 
  • Society for American Archaeology, Presidential Recognition Award (2002)