James A. Reeder, Jr.

James A. Reeder, Jr. Partner, Antitrust

Jim has extensive experience litigating antitrust and complex commercial cases. His antitrust practice extends to many industries, including the chemical, health care, commercial aviation, energy, and entertainment industries. He has advised clients on, and tried cases involving, claims of price-fixing, group boycott, exclusive dealing, tying, monopolization, discriminatory pricing, and conspiracy. Jim has also handled matters and tried cases involving claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices, and violations of federal and state securities laws. He was one of the leaders of the trial team that successfully developed the current law on material adverse effect clauses in mergers.

Experience Highlights

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Successfully represented producer of Akaushi Beef against claims of conspiracy to restrain trade and monopolization in the market for premium beef in the United States; after a seven day trial, the jury found in favor of the client, awarding both actual and exemplary damages (lead)
  • (N.D. Cal.); (S.D. Tex.) — Representing a global manufacturer of titanium dioxide in a matter pertaining to ongoing titanium dioxide antitrust litigation; the case, brought by an individual company and an alleged nationwide class of indirect purchasers of titanium dioxide, alleges our client and others conspired to fix the prices of titanium dioxide sold in the U.S. during a certain time period; the cases are currently in discovery (lead)
  • (D. Md.) — Represented a global manufacturer of titanium dioxide in a matter pertaining to the ongoing titanium dioxide antitrust litigation; the case was an opt-out case from the direct purchaser class action case and alleged our client and others conspired to fix the prices of titanium dioxide sold in the U.S. during a certain time period; secured summary judgment (lead)
  • (S.D. Tex.) — Represented an unconventional oil and gas exploration and production company in an action brought by a foreign national over the facilities of a fertilizer plant in Australia; we were successful in defeating personal jurisdiction
  • (N.D. Ohio) — Obtained dismissal of antitrust claims brought against a major commercial air carrier against class action and opt-out claims of conspiracy and price-fixing regarding travel agent commissions (lead)

Antitrust

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Defending a major specialty chemical company against class action price-fixing and antitrust conspiracy claims (lead)
  • (E.D. La.) — Defended major exploration and production company against exclusive dealing and monopolization claims; favorably settled on behalf of client (lead)
  • (D. Colo.) — Defended  a major exploration and production company against antitrust conspiracy claims involving employee drug testing; secured motion to dismiss in favor of client (lead)
  • (S.D. Tex.) — Defended a major television programming and distribution company against antitrust claims of block booking; favorably settled on behalf of client (lead)
  • Defended a hospital in an arbitration against antitrust claims arising from the implementation of a sole provider agreement for anesthesia and radiology services  (lead)
  • (Tex. Dist.) — Represented health care system in private civil lawsuits brought by two physicians alleging Section 1 violations associated with the implementation of new credentialing requirements which resulted in the termination of medical staff privileges for the two plaintiffs; both lawsuits were settled favorably on behalf of client (lead)
  • (Tex. C.C.L.) — Representation of a hospital against claims of monopolization and attempted monopolization involving the operator of an outpatient surgery center (lead)

Commercial & Business Litigation

  • (La. Dist.) — Representing a plaintiff, a major specialty chemical company, in a breach of contract suit related to industrial multi-year gas supply agreements (lead)
  • (Del. Ch.) — Tried case on behalf of a racing company and an individual in an attempted dissolution of the corporation; the court found in favor of client (lead)
  • (Bankr. E.D. Ky.) — Successful prosecution of claims at trial by a major coal producer claiming breach of contract related to a contract mining agreement; judgment issued in client’s favor (lead)
  • (S.D. Tex.) — Defended a national accounting firm in class action shareholder litigation, alleging that the accounting firm committed securities fraud, and a related SEC investigation; obtained dismissal with prejudice of the securities fraud claims, and the SEC took no action against our client (part of team)
  • Successful arbitration on behalf of an exploration and production company against claims of breach of contract and wrongful termination of a deepwater offshore exploration project  (lead)
  • An airline in an arbitration proceeding concerning a contract dispute with one of its spinoffs in which the company reduced its rates by over $14 million; obtained judgment (lead)
  • (Tex. Dist.) — Representation of outside directors in shareholder derivative litigation alleging breach of fiduciary duty in connection with FCPA violations; discovery ongoing (lead)
  • Defended a Big Four accounting firm in a confidential arbitration proceeding involving claims by the heirs of a former partner concerning the sale of the firm’s consulting arm; obtained a unanimous take-nothing arbitration award (lead)

Government Investigations & White Collar

  • Representing a hospital plan in response to a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) issued by the Texas Office of Attorney General (OAG); the Demand concerns the provision of allergy and immunology services within the state of Texas and the Texas OAG’s investigation into potential antitrust violations within that market  (lead)
  • Represented hospitals before the DOJ and Texas Attorney General in an investigation relating to certain policies of the hospital and physician health organization  (lead)
  • Represented hospital in a DOJ investigation of a rural hospital with regard to claims of monopolization and attempted monopolization (lead)
  • Represented a major oil and gas producer in response to separate investigations by the Attorneys General of Texas and Louisiana regarding alleged anticompetitive conduct in the administration of drug testing services for workers on offshore oil and gas producing facilities; after responding to requests for documents and providing interviews, the AGs separately closed their investigations without taking any action against the client (lead)

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2202
F +1.713.615.5947
jreeder@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Jim's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1989
  • Harvard University, A.B. with honors, 1984
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; United States Supreme Court; U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Claims
  • Chambers USA, Antitrust (Texas), 2010−2017
  • Legal 500 U.S., Antitrust, 2009 and 2012−2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation−Mergers & Acquisitions (Houston), 2013 and 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Antitrust Law, 2005−2017; Commercial Litigation, 2011−2017; Litigation–Mergers & Acquisitions, 2014—2017
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" in Texas, 2012−2017
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2004–2016
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in Houstonia Magazine's Top Lawyers list, 2016
  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.); Competition, 2016
  • Member: Antitrust Section, State Bar of Texas; Antitrust Section, Houston Bar Association; American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member: Antitrust Section, Health Law Section, Litigation Section, American Bar Association (Chair, Healthcare Litigation Committee, 2004–2005; Managing Director, 2006–2007; Counsel, 2007–2010; Budget Officer, 2011–2013)
  • Founder: Law Explorer Committee, Houston Young Lawyers Association (Outstanding Committee Chair Award, 1989–1990)
  • Advisory Board: San Jacinto Museum of History Association; Teach for America
  • Board of Directors: The Jung Center of Houston
  • Board of Trustees: Legacy Community Health System
  • Board of Trustees: Houston Hospice