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Derek Ludwin
Derek Ludwin
Washington +1 202 662 5429 dludwin@cov.com Download V-card

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.

  • 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.

Complex Litigation

  • Defeated class action challenge to NFL ticketing policies (Kazemzadeh v. San Francisco 49ers).
  • Won summary judgment dismissing a rare set of antitrust claims in a high profile Section 337 dispute between U.S. Steel and the Chinese steel industry.
  • Won dismissal of a challenge to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s athletic regulations (Run Gum v. USOC).
  • Secured a favorable outcome in a class action antitrust challenge to the NFL's trademark licensing arrangements (aDang v. NFL).
  • Won dismissal of a class action antitrust complaint alleging conspiracy to restrain market for “likenesses” of former NFL football players (Washington v. National Football League).
  • Defeated antitrust challenge to the national medical resident matching program on behalf of a group of teaching hospitals and medical schools (Jung v. Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund).

Criminal Antitrust and Cartel

  • Represented clients in current high-profile DOJ international cartel investigation.
  • Successfully represented major international manufacturer in international price-fixing cartel investigation, with no action taken by DOJ and other national enforcement agencies.
  • Persuaded the DOJ to take no action against airline executive in Air Cargo investigation.
  • Successfully represented one of the largest providers of telecommunications services in Asia in DOJ criminal antitrust investigation; DOJ closed its grand jury investigation without action.

Civil Investigations

  • Currently representing client in multi-state attorney general investigation.
  • Defended major transportation company in DOJ civil antitrust investigation, which was closed without enforcement action against our client.
  • Closed an antitrust investigation of a sanitation and recycling company by the Connecticut State Attorney General with no enforcement action taken.
  • Regularly develop successful and cost-effective responses for clients receiving third-party inquiries and subpoenas from federal and state enforcement agencies.

Transactional and Counseling

  • Advise major media company on transactional matters.
  • Serve as counsel and business advisor to OCP S.A. of Morocco in connection with ventures, commercial arrangements, and general corporate and governance matters.
  • Advise international transportation company on key distribution and marketing agreements and initiatives.
  • Advise international defense company on transactional, commercial, and compliance matters.
  • Advise multiple pioneer pharmaceutical companies on antitrust aspects of Hatch-Waxman litigations and settlements.
  • Advise various sports leagues on complex antitrust issues relating to licensing, governance, restructuring, and transactions.
  • Advise major transportation company on potential transactions and compliance issues.

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

Previous Experience

  • Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (responsible for various transportation, juvenile justice, and science-related issues).
  • Recognized by The Am Law Litigation Daily as one of the "Litigators of the Week" (11/18/2016)
  • Law360, Sports MVP (2016) 
  • 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 (2015-2017) and Sports (2015-2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Antitrust (2016-2019)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation (2013-2019)