William V. Reiss

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Experience

William V. Reiss has nearly two decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in high profile antitrust litigation. Mr. Reiss was a member of the successful trial team in the precedent-setting antitrust litigation captioned Coalition for a Level Playing Field, L.L.C. v. AutoZone, Inc.

Mr. Reiss focuses his practice on complex antitrust litigation and class actions. Mr. Reiss also provides extensive antitrust counseling work on behalf of generic pharmaceutical companies. He currently serves as co-lead class counsel on behalf of a class of end-payor purchasers of automobiles in In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation for which he has been instrumental in achieving the largest indirect purchaser recovery in U.S. history (more than $1.2 billion in settlements to date). In addition, Mr. Reiss currently serves as co-lead counsel in In re Interior Molded Doors Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation where he recently secured a settlement of $19.5 million on behalf of his clients.  Mr. Reiss is also co-lead counsel in In re Keurig Green Mountain Single-Serve Coffee Antitrust Litigation, a proposed class action which alleges that Keurig obtained an unlawful monopoly through a multifaceted scheme of anticompetitive acquisitions, exclusive dealing, and sham patent litigation.

In 2015, Mr. Reiss achieved a $16.75 million settlement on behalf of a class of plaintiffs who traded light sweet crude oil, heating oil, and gasoline futures contracts at manipulated prices in In re Optiver Commodities Litigation. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP, he represented a class of plaintiffs who directly purchased aftermarket automotive lighting products from certain manufacturers which ultimately resulted in a $53.45 million settlement in In re Aftermarket Automotive Lighting Products Antitrust Litigation.  Also prior to joining the firm, Mr. Reiss obtained $32 million in settlements on behalf of businesses injured by an alleged conspiracy to fix the prices of marine hose in In re Marine Hose Antitrust Litigation.

Mr. Reiss is recognized by his clients in The Legal 500 as a “strong, up-and-coming attorney.” Chambers USA ranked Mr. Reiss as a leading practitioner in Antitrust law in 2021 and recognized him as an "Up and Coming" Attorney in 2020. In the Chambers USA Guide 2021, contributors recognize Mr. Reiss as an “antitrust heavyweight for plaintiffs work,” as well as a “highly dedicated and innovative litigator, who represents his clients vigorously.” He is a recipient of the "Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Practice" Award from the American Antitrust Institute (2019), and was named an “Antitrust and M&A Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal (2018).

Mr. Reiss serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. He is also committed to pro bono work and has successfully advocated on behalf of the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks in several pro bono World Trade Center Victims’ Compensation Fund hearings before the Special Master, Kenneth R. Feinberg. He currently provides pro bono representation on behalf of immigrant children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect in their home countries.

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In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation – Involving alleged price-fixing conspiracies as to various automotive parts that are components of new motor vehicles.  Partial settlement to date in excess of $1.2 billion, the largest indirect purchaser recovery in U.S. history.

In re Interior Molded Doors Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation – settlement of $19.5 million.

In re Optiver Commodities Litigation – settlement of nearly $17 million.

In re Aftermarket Automotive Lighting Products Antitrust Litigation – settlements in excess of $53 million. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

In re Marine Hose Antitrust Litigation – settlements totaling nearly $32 million. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Ranked in Chambers USA 2021
  • Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards: Readers’ Choice Award, Best Business Article Category (2021)

  • Chambers USA: Antitrust New York: Band 2 (2021)

  • Chambers USAUp and Coming Attorney (2020)

  • American Antitrust Institute: Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Practice Award (2019)

  • The National Law Journal: Antitrust and M&A Trailblazer (2018)

  • American Antitrust Institute: Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer (2016)

  • Law360: Rising Star (2016)

  • New York Law Journal: Rising Star (2014)

  • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Board of Directors
  • KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), Volunteer Lawyer
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (2001); Staff Editor, Environmental Law Journal 
  • George Washington University, B.A. in Political Science and History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1998)                 
Professional Associations
  • New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section Executive Committee Member and Membership Chair
  • American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

  • Competition Cases to Watch in 2015, Law360 (January 2, 2015)

  • Health Care Antitrust Under President Biden
    Robins Kaplan LLP, Webinar (March 9, 2021)
  • Pleading and Defending Coordinated Conduct Claims
    Moderator, American Bar Association, Webinar (February 26, 2021)
  • Discovering a Hidden Revenue Stream: Recoveries from Antitrust Class Action Settlements in Economic Downturn
    Webinar, Robins Kaplan LLP (July 21, 2020)
  • The Butterfly Effect: When the Little Things Made a Huge Difference in My Antitrust Case
    New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section, New York, New York (January 30, 2020)
  • Antitrust Plus Factors
    New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section, New York, New York (February 27, 2019)
  • Discovering a Hidden Revenue Stream: Recoveries from Antitrust Class Action Settlements
    Webinar, Robins Kaplan LLP (January 29, 2019)
  • Don't Be Afraid of the DARC
    Panel, New York State Bar Association (January 17, 2019)
  • Is Direct Really Correct Bricks Tix Kicks and Apps After Apple V Pepper
    Panel, American Bar Association (October 2, 2018)
  • Should I stay or Should I go?
    Robins Kaplan Webinar (May 15, 2018)
  • Negotiating Cartel Fines and Civil Settlement
    Panel, American Bar Association Spring Meeting, Washington, DC (April 10, 2018)
  • Antitrust Class Actions
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (via videoconference) (October 4, 2017)
  • REMS and Other Drug Distribution Restrictions: When Does a Brand Company Have a Duty to Deal with its Generic Rivals?
    New York State Bar Association, New York, New York (November 3, 2016)
  • What Do Recent Decisions Mean for Indirect Purchaser Class Actions in the US
    Panel, American Bar Association (July 24, 2015)
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