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Lauren Willard
Lauren S. Willard
Washington +1 202 662 5964 lwillard@cov.com Download V-card

Lauren Willard practices in the areas of antitrust and appellate litigation. Ms. Willard represents and advises clients on a variety of antitrust matters, including defending clients in complex civil litigation and class actions, counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions, and representing clients before federal regulators. Ms. Willard also advises clients on international competition and trade issues.

In her appellate practice, Ms. Willard represents clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Willard clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  • Defend prominent university in putative class action antitrust litigation regarding hiring practices.
  • Represented social media company in federal civil antitrust litigation.
  • Defended the National Football League in class action and direct antitrust challenges to its trademark licensing arrangements (Villa v. San Francisco Forty-Niners, Ltd. and American Needle, Inc. v. New Orleans La. Saints).
  • Represented Eli Lilly and Co. in NAFTA arbitration.
  • Successfully represented multiple companies in obtaining merger review clearance before the federal antitrust agencies.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company before federal enforcement agencies in connection with government review of a high-profile proposed merger between cable companies.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a major communications company and provided advice on minimizing antitrust risks.
  • Successfully represented software company in Federal Circuit appeal.

Pro Bono

  • Represent family in asylum proceedings before federal immigration court.
  • Drafted Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of a nonprofit client in Voisine v. United States.
  • Drafted amicus brief on behalf of a nonprofit client in In the Matter of the Search of an Apple iPhone.
  • Assisted the International Competition Policy Expert Group with its 2017 Report and Recommendations.
  • Advised humanitarian organization on criminalization of atrocity crimes in domestic regimes of various countries.
  • Advised nonprofit trade association on antitrust implications of sustainability initiatives.