July 13, 2015 (New York, NY) – Scott Martin, an accomplished antitrust litigator and veteran competition counselor to Fortune 500 companies, and Irving Scher, former chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, adjunct professor at NYU Law School, and editor and co-author of Antitrust Adviser, have joined Hausfeld as partner and senior counsel, respectively, opening Hausfeld’s office in New York. They previously served in the same positions at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and, before that, as longtime partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. Martin and Scher will continue to represent clients in New York, throughout the United States, and abroad in complex litigation, regulatory actions and investigations, and foreign discovery proceedings—and continue providing corporate counseling on a host of competition issues, including joint ventures and trade associations, pricing matters, distribution issues, the intellectual property/antitrust intersection, and effective antitrust compliance.
Chairman Michael Hausfeld stated, “Scott and Irv are two of the most widely respected antitrust lawyers in the United States, with extensive experience counseling and litigating on behalf of the world’s largest companies. They are the perfect team to launch our New York office and we welcome their unique talents and insights, which will benefit our clients worldwide.”
A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Scott Martin has 25 years of litigation experience across numerous industries and jurisdictions, including through trials and appeals. He has played a major role in many of the largest antitrust class action cases of the last two decades on the defense side and also in representing opt-outs, and he has negotiated resolutions of regulatory investigations and actions on behalf of corporate clients. Martin is a frequent lecturer and panelist and has published widely on a host of antitrust topics while also serving on the Editorial Board of Antitrust Law Developments and on Law360’s Competition Editorial Board. He also serves as Scher’s co-editor for the forthcoming edition of Antitrust Adviser. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, and he has long been active in the leadership of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law (including as a former chair of the Trial Practice Committee and the Business Torts and Civil RICO Committee, and as a member of the Civil Redress Task Force, among other positions). Martin has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America (Antitrust Law and Litigation - Antitrust, 2012-2015); Chambers USA Guide (2006-2015); International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists (2013-2015); International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2013-2015); Super Lawyers (New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2014); Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers (2012); The Legal 500 United States (2009); and Who’s Who in American Law.
Irving Scher is likewise an icon of antitrust, having served as chair of the Antitrust Sections of both the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. With competition expertise spanning the airline, retail, apparel, automotive, electronics, publishing, grocery, pharmaceutical, publishing, and recorded music industries, Scher has represented numerous clients in significant antitrust, marketing, advertising, and trade practice investigations, litigations, and counseling matters over many decades. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at NYU Law School, Scher frequently lectures on antitrust matters at bar association meetings, and was Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute annual antitrust programs for more than 20 years. He is also a long-time and current member of the Advisory Board of the weekly Antitrust & Trade Regulation Reporter and former member of the Editorial Board of Antitrust Law Developments. The Best Lawyers in America recently named Scher “Lawyer of the Year,” (Antitrust Law, New York City, 2015); Euromoney Expert Guide has honored Scher with the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyer Award (2008); and Chambers USA Guide recently recognized him as one of five nationwide antitrust “Senior Statesmen” (2015). He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the City College of New York.
This latest expansion is part of the firm’s strategic growth worldwide, which has included, in the last nine months, the opening of an office in Brussels, and the hiring of former Michelin-Europe general counsel Laurent Geelhand (Managing Partner, Brussels); former federal district court judge Walter D. Kelley (Partner, Washington, DC); leading West Coast litigator Bonny Sweeney (Partner, San Francisco, CA); experienced antitrust litigator Ed Coulson (Partner, London); and acclaimed mass-tort and environmental litigator Frederick T. Kuykendall (Of Counsel, Washington, DC).
Hausfeld is a leading global law firm with offices in Brussels, London, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The firm has a broad range of complex litigation expertise, particularly in antitrust/competition, financial services, sports and entertainment, environmental, mass torts, consumer protection, and human rights matters, often with an international dimension. Hausfeld aims to achieve the best possible results for clients through its practical and commercial approach, avoiding litigation where feasible, yet litigating robustly when necessary. Hausfeld’s extensive experience with alternative and innovative fee models offers clients a diverse menu of engagement options and maximum flexibility in terms of managing their cost exposure.
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