Los Angeles, CA – Combining their significant antitrust and business litigation expertise, litigators David Kesselman, Amy Brantly and Trevor Stockinger announce the launch of Kesselman, Brantly & Stockinger LLP (KBS).  Representing family owned to publicly traded companies, the firm specializes in antitrust and unfair competition disputes, competition counseling, complex business litigation, and employment litigation. The three name partners, who spent years at Blecher & Collins, Susman Godfrey and Irell & Manella, respectively, were most recently with Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP (GLW). Majed Dakak also joins the firm as a founding partner after specializing in antitrust and complex business litigation at Blecher & Collins in Los Angeles.

“Even apart from traditional price fixing or monopolization, many California businesses face a host of antitrust and competition related issues, including non-compete agreements, exclusive dealing contracts, distribution concerns and competitor interference with customers,” said Mr. Kesselman.  “Many business owners are unaware that California provides recourse to businesses harmed by competitors’ anticompetitive conduct.  Conversely, running a business in California can be a minefield for those unaware of unique statutory schemes that can impose liability on pricing and other distribution practices. There are few boutique firms that have the depth of expertise and value we bring in these areas.”

Ms. Brantly added: “GLW’s success demonstrates the need in the marketplace for entrepreneurial, nimble firms with big firm expertise who can offer excellent service at lower rates. We part from GLW as good friends and colleagues who will continue to support each other.” 

Joining the founding partners are associate Koral Fusselman, formerly with GLW; and Of Counsel member Aimee Dudowitz, an Associate Professor at Loyola Law School who was also formerly Of Counsel to GLW.

KBS attorneys have extensive experience litigating antitrust claims both in federal and state courts, including price discrimination, vertical price fixing, group boycott, monopolization and refusals to deal.  The firm counsels clients in a range of areas, such as minimum suggested retail price programs, incentive programs and antitrust compliance programs. The attorneys also have deep expertise in the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law, including the misuse of standard setting organizations and tying arrangements.  In addition, KBS attorneys have litigated business tort claims in federal and state courts, including the federal courts of appeal and the California Supreme Court.  The attorneys’ experience spans a breadth of industries encompassing manufacturing and distribution, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, health care, airlines, cable television, film, music and sports.