New York Women’s Antitrust Group

The New York Women’s Antitrust Group is a professional network for women antitrust practitioners in the New York area. Founded over two decades ago, the New York Women’s Antitrust Group now serves over 200 members consisting of in-house counsel, law firm partners and associates, consultants, academics, economists, government attorneys, and more. Our goal is to facilitate the professional growth and advancement of women in antitrust law through networking and mentoring opportunities, discussion regarding ongoing developments in competition and consumer protection law, and education about business development and professional practice. 


Kellie LernerCo-Chair is a partner in Robin’s Kaplan’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group.  Kellie has over a decade of experience litigating high stakes antitrust disputes on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in federal courts throughout the country.  At her prior firm, Kellie was the youngest female partner ever elected.  Kellie currently serves as Associate Editor of Antitrust magazine, and has been recognized as an Antitrust and M&A Trailblazer and Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Woman Worth Watching. 

Previous Events

In addition to our tireless dedication to our clients, we are deeply committed to facilitating professional growth and advancement of women in antitrust law through the New York Women’s Antitrust Group. Our previous events include:

Women in Antitrust Panel: Views from Women In-House Counsel
January 29, 2020
The New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section was proud to present a panel, co-chaired by Mary K. Marks of Davis Polk and Hollis Salzman of Robins Kaplan, which featured women in-house counsel who shared their career perspectives.

New York Women in Antitrust Group Breakfast: The Psychology of Persuasion
November 13, 2019
In this networking breakfast, Harvard professor and public speaking and leadership communication coach Jill Slye presented on “The Psychology of Persuasion.”

New York Women's Antitrust Committee - Summer Cocktails
July 24, 2018 
This well-received networking reception was sponsored by GCG and hosted at the Gallery at the Freehand Hotel. 

Women In Antitrust - The Times They Are A-Changing
January 24, 2018
Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Law Section, the 2018 Annual Women's Panel featured Kellie Lerner (Robins Kaplan), Renata Hesse (Sullivan & Cromwell), Lauren Rackow (Cahill Gordon & Reindel), Melissa Scanlan (T-Mobile), and Suzanne Wachsstock (American Express). The program was chaired by Hollis Salzman (Robins Kaplan) and Mary Marks (Davis Polk & Wardell). 

The thought-provoking presentation covered the ways in which women have advanced in the antitrust bar in recent years, and tips for women attorneys who are up-and-coming in the field. 

To join the New York Women’s Antitrust group, email Audra O’Rourke at

Kellie Lerner


Co-Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group;
Pronouns: she/her

Audra M. O'Rourke

Antitrust Research Analyst

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