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Craig P. Seebald

Craig P. Seebald Partner, Antitrust

Craig is a partner in the Antitrust Group in Washington, DC. With over 20 years of antitrust experience, Craig is well positioned to represent clients in all areas of antitrust law, including criminal defense, class action litigation, and merger investigations.

His experience spans a wide range of industries, including technology, aerospace and defense, semiconductors, transportation, consumer products, and energy, among many others.

A key area of Craig’s practice is defending multinational companies in cartel and price-fixing investigations. He has successfully defended companies in grand jury investigations and coordinated the defense of multijurisdiction cartel investigations. Craig has also represented clients in obtaining amnesty from the Department of Justice, and has successfully defended companies in state and federal class actions in cartel cases.

Another key area of Craig’s practice is representing clients in antitrust matters involving intellectual property. He has counseled clients on patent pools, standard setting, patent acquisition, and licensing. He has litigated several antitrust cases involving patent pools, licensing agreements, standard setting, and the enforcement of invalid patents.

Craig has been ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2009–2014. Clients note that Craig impresses with “his in-depth knowledge of our business and the issues we confront.” He has also been recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers for antitrust litigation in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Craig co-heads the Antitrust Practice Group and serves as Managing Partner of the Washington, DC, office.

Experience Highlights

  • Represented a large parts manufacturer in the Department of Justice’s automotive parts investigation
  • Obtained non-prosecution agreement from the Department of Justice and defended follow on civil litigation in DRAM litigation
  • Represented a large consumer-electronics company in class actions involving allegations related to optical disc drives
  • Represented a health care diagnostics company in an FTC exclusive dealing investigation
  • Defended numerous mergers in the aerospace, energy, steel, technology, chemicals, and consumer products sectors

Representative Experience

  • Represented a large parts manufacturer in the Department of Justice’s automotive parts investigation
  • Obtained non-prosecution agreement from the Department of Justice and defended follow on civil litigation in DRAM litigation
  • Represented a large consumer-electronics company in class actions involving allegations related to optical disc drives
  • Represented a health care diagnostics company in an FTC exclusive dealing investigation
  • Represented a large semiconductor company in class actions involving allegations related to SRAM memory products
  • Represented a large semiconductor company in class actions involving allegations related to Flash memory products
  • Obtained summary judgment for a health care diagnostic company in a monopolization case (reported at 520 F. Supp.2d 1191), which was then affirmed by the Ninth Circuit
  • Represented a company in a lithium ion batteries investigation and follow on class actions

Contact Details

Washington

T +1.202.639.6585
F +1.202.879.8995
cseebald@velaw.com
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037-1701
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Craig's Practices

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1992
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1989
  • Completed Harvard Business School Leadership Program, 2009
  • Admitted to practice: Virginia (inactive member); District of Columbia
  • Chambers Global, Antitrust (USA), 2015–2017
  • Chambers USA, Antitrust (District of Columbia), 2009–2017; Antitrust (Cartel) (Nationwide), 2014–2017
  • Legal 500 U.S., Antitrust, 2012–2017; White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2016
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016 and 2017
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" in District of Columbia, 2012–2013, 2016–2018