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They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Antitrust

Dec. 3, 2021, 10:01 AM

Welcome to our tenth installment of “They’ve Got Next,” our series highlighting the work of rising stars of the bar across a range of practice areas. Since we launched the series in September 2020, we’ve highlighted the work of young attorneys in labor & employment, intellectual property, bankruptcy, tax, environmental law, appellate, healthcare & life sciences, banking & finance and privacy & cybersecurity.

Today, we highlight five young lawyers to know in the world of antitrust: Jeanifer Parsigian of Winston & Strawn; Travis Clark of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Meredith Dearborn of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Christina Ma of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Brian Schnapp of Vinson & Elkins.

As Bloomberg Law’s Siri Bulusu and Danny Gill report, these lawyers are handling high stakes client matters from antitrust issues related to industry-shaping corporate acquisitions to some of the most epic tech battles of our time.

Meredith Dearborn of Paul, Weiss represented Apple in May as one of its lead trial lawyers in its latest antitrust suit brought by Epic Games over Apple’s App Store practices in the Northern District of California. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers largely struck down Epic’s antitrust claims in a September ruling, but both Epic and Apple have filed cross-appeals in the Ninth Circuit.

“I am gratified that the court found that the antitrust laws do not require Apple to give away its innovations for free or fundamentally change its goals of providing a safe, secure, high-quality product to its customers,” Dearborn told Bloomberg Law reporter Siri Bulusu.

Wachtell’s Christina Ma, who worked on BB&T Corp.'s $66 billion acquisition of SunTrust Banks in 2019, discussed her experience of rising through the ranks as only the second Asian American woman to make partner at her firm. She also shared from whom she got her work ethic.

“I had a full appreciation for all the sacrifices my parents made and that instilled in me the need to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity that I had to succeed,” said Ma, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from China in the late 1970s.

And Winston & Strawn’s Jeanifer Parsigian was part of the litigation team that represented student athletes in NCAA v. Alston, the landmark antitrust case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which ultimately went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court concluded unanimously in June that the NCAA-set caps on student-athletes’ education-related compensation violated antitrust laws.

From representing student athletes, to financial services companies, Parsigian said she relished the variety that comes with antitrust practice.

“What I love most about antitrust law is that every case involves a different industry and you have to learn everything about it and figure out all the economics of it,” Parsigian said.

Check out all the stories of “They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Antitrust” by clicking on the lawyers’ names below.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lisa Helem at lhelem@bloombergindustry.com

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