Antitrust Recognition, Awards, and Accolades

The Robins Kaplan Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group is consistently recognized by Chambers USA for “trial capabilities and courtroom performances in large and complex industry-changing litigation.”

The National Law Journal recognizes us for our “track record for litigating and negotiating complex cases resulting in verdicts and settlements worth hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars for their plaintiff clients.”

Chambers USA has ranked the Robins Kaplan Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group among “first band” plaintiff firms nationally, as well as in New York and Minnesota, for the last seven consecutive years. We have received similar honors from many other leading legal publications, including Benchmark Litigation, BTI, Global Competition Review, Law360, The Legal 500, and The National Law Journal.

- Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger
In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation (M.D. Fla., Oct. 12, 2022)

- Judge Marianne O. Battani
In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Mich., June 4, 2020)

- Judge Andrew J. Guilford
In re Wells Fargo Collateral Protection Insurance Litigation (C.D. Cal., June 18, 2018)

- Judge John Gleeson
In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y., Sept. 25, 2009)

Interviewee Comment, Chambers USA

Chambers USA 2023
Antitrust Annual Report Top Law Firm 2021

Firm – Tier 1: Antitrust (2021-2022 Editions)  
Recommended Litigation Firm in New York (2021-2022 Editions)
Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in Minnesota (2019-2022 Editions)

Antitrust Nationwide: Band 1 (2014-2023)
Antitrust New York: Band 1 (2014-2023)
Antitrust Minnesota: Band 1 (2014-2023)

Attorneys are “well organized, thorough and whip-smart.” – Interviewee comment

“They are simply amazing; they are forward-thinking, creative and very effective. They do a marvelous job.” – Peer comment

“I think the team is outstanding: Very smart, effective and great to work with – they are top shelf.” – Peer comment

“Great firm” that does “brilliant defense work.” – Peer comment

“They are good at making cost efficiencies and understanding the business aspects.” – Client comment

Attorneys are “very responsive” and offer “really good insights into the navigation of the demands and requirements of regulators.” – Client comment

“Receives widespread praise for its capabilities in all types of antitrust matters but has achieved particularly significant success on behalf of plaintiff clients. Demonstrates considerable trial knowledge of government agencies.” – Client comment

“They are easy to get along with, straightforward and get the job done.” – Client comment

Ranked Individuals:

  • Kellie Lerner is a “zealous advocate.” "She is a brilliant tactician and a fierce litigator. She does this while maintaining a cordial relationship both with other plaintiffs' counsel and with defense counsel." She is praised by her peers for her ability to "get large teams of people to work effectively together.”
  • K. Craig Wildfang “leverages his tremendous experience to provide real strategic value-add to the lawyers running the litigation day to day.” He demonstrates "the highest level of professionalism and legal skills.”
  • Ryan W. Marth is an “excellent lawyer” and “an erudite antitrust lawyer” who has “very good judgment.”
  • William V. Reiss “is an antitrust heavyweight for plaintiffs work." "He is a highly dedicated and innovative litigator, who represents his clients vigorously."

GCR 100: New York (2021)

“Litigation of the Year – Cartel Prosecution” Shortlist (Automotive Parts, 2021)
“Regional Firm of the Year” Shortlist (2017-2020)

"Robins Kaplan prides itself on securing antitrust victories that affect entire industries."

One of the nation’s top firms in the area of Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions (2016-2020)
One of the best plaintiffs’ firms in the country in Class Action: Plaintiff Representation – Antitrust (2015)

"Robins Kaplan is one of the best plaintiffs' firms in the country."

“Only a handful of firms have a similar platform, capacity, resources, reputation and expertise on the plaintiff side."

“Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms” (2014-2015)
“Litigation Powerhouse (2016 Inaugural List)
“Competition Practice Group of the Year” (2014-2015)

"Over the years, Robins Kaplan has built a reputation for backing David against Goliath."

"Robins Kaplan remains committed to representing underdogs against deep-pocketed defendants."

"Robins Kaplan […] earned its reputation as a 'plaintiffs litigation giant' over decades of work in high-profile cases."

The firm has a "tried and true formula of grit and economy while taking on some of the largest firms and the biggest companies in the world."

"The deep antitrust experience of the firm's attorneys, along with the patience of Robins Kaplan's other partners regarding lengthy antitrust cases, contributed to the practice group's success."

Plaintiffs Hot List (2015)

"Over the years, Robins Kaplan trial lawyers developed a track record for litigating and negotiating complex cases resulting in verdicts and settlements worth hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars for their plaintiff clients."


Kellie Lerner


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

Stephen P. Safranski


Co-Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group

Stacey Slaughter


Co-Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group

K. Craig Wildfang


Chair Emeritus, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group

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