William V. Reiss has 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. Mr. Reiss is also court-appointed 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, he currently serves as court-appointed co-lead counsel in In re Hard Disk Drive Suspension Assemblies Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) for a proposed class of end-user plaintiffs who purchased products containing hard disk drive suspension assemblies that were the subject of an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among the leading manufacturers of suspension assemblies for more than a decade. 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.
Mr. Reiss served as co-lead counsel in In re Interior Molded Doors Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, a suit alleging that the two leading manufacturers of interior molded doors engaged in a years-long unlawful conspiracy to fix prices of interior molded doors. In 2022, Mr. Reiss secured a settlement of $19.5 million on behalf of his clients, the indirect purchasers of interior molded doors. 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.” Ranked Band 2 in Chambers USA for plaintiff antitrust litigation in 2021 and 2022—and as an Up and Coming Attorney in 2020—Mr. Reiss is described by his peers in Chambers as an “antitrust heavyweight for plaintiffs work,” as well as a “highly dedicated and innovative litigator, who represents 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.
In re Hard Disk Drive Suspension Assemblies Antitrust Litigation – Involving an alleged price-fixing conspiracy by the leading manufacturer of hard disk drive suspension assemblies and several of their subsidiaries for more than a decade.
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)
- Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Board of Directors
- KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), Volunteer Lawyer
- Competition Cases to Watch in 2015, Law360 (January 2, 2015)
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