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Craig P. Seebald
Craig P. Seebald
Partner — Antitrust
Partner — Antitrust

Craig P. Seebald

Craig P. Seebald
Washington

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037

Craig P. Seebald

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 2009–2018. 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 from 2012−2017.

Craig serves as Managing Partner of the Washington, DC, office, is Co-Chair of the firm-wide Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

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

  • 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

Credentials

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1992
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1989
  • Completed Harvard Business School Leadership Program, 2009
  • Chambers Global, Antitrust: Cartel (USA), 2015–2020
  • Chambers USA, Antitrust (District of Columbia), 2009–2019; Antitrust: Cartel (Nationwide), 2014–2020; Antitrust: Litigation Specialists (District of Columbia), 2020
  • Legal 500 U.S., Antitrust, 2012–2020; White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2016 and 2018; Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes, 2019 and 2020; Energy Litigation: Oil & Gas, 2019; Energy Regulation: Conventional Power, 2019; Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense, 2020; M&A Litigation Defense, 2020; Securities Litigation Defense, 2020
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016–2017, 2019
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, “Local Litigation Star” in District of Columbia, 2012–2013, 2016–2018
  • Virginia (inactive member)
  • District of Columbia
  • “Bi-Monthly Cartel and Criminal Practice Update,” July 30, 2018 (speaker)
  • “What You Don’t Know About Competition Law Can Hurt You: An Update on Key Antitrust Issues,” V&E Houston Office, December 5, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Antitrust Agencies Finalize Updates to IP Licensing Guidelines,” V&E Antitrust Update E-communication, January 18, 2017 (co-author)
  • “A Dose of ‘Vitamin C’ Boosts International Comity,” The National Law Journal, November, 14, 2016 (co-author)
  • DOJ’s Catch-22: Corporate Criminal Antitrust Targets Walk A Blurry Line with Culpable Employees,” The Antitrust Source, Vol. 15, Issue 6, August 2016 (co-author)
  • “Class Actions, Parallel Conduct Cases and General Trends,” V&E Client Presentation, June 4, 2016 (co-presenter)
  • “Cooperation with Regulators in the Course of an Investigation,” September 19, 2015 (co-presenter)
  • “Supreme Court Rules that Sixth Amendment Jury-Trial Protection Applies to Criminal Fines: Factors that Enhance a Fine Beyond the Statutory Maximum Must be Proved Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” V&E Litigation Update E-communication, July 11, 2012
  • “U.S. Supreme Court to Dive Deeply Into Antitrust: Granting Certiorari in Two Antitrust Cases,” V&E Antitrust Updates E-communication, June 27, 2012
  • “Chinese Vitamin C Producer Becomes the First Chinese Company to Settle a U.S. Cartel Class Action Case,” V&E Insights E-communication, May 30, 2012 (co-author)
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Denies Class Action Certification Where Plaintiffs Cannot Demonstrate ‘Same Injury’: Implications for Antitrust Class Actions,” V&E Antitrust Updates E-communication, June 27, 2011 (co-author)
  • Featured speaker at Korea Economic Daily Conference in Seoul, Korea; presented paper on “Dealing with Competitors” and featured in lengthy article in Korea’s Business Week, June 26, 2006
  • “Proving Antitrust Damages,” Antitrust Law, 2nd Ed. ABA Section, statute of limitations chapter (co-author)
  • “Antitrust Law Developments,” Antitrust Law, 4th and 5th Ed. ABA Section, (contributor)
  • “N-data: Expansion of FTC’s Authority,” Competition Law360