Jeffrey Schmidt

Linklaters, Washington, DC

W. Todd Miller

Baker & Miller, Washington, DC


John Driscoll

Director of Litigation & Regulatory Affairs, Société Générale

Robert Eisler

Grant & Eisenhofer

David Geisler

Senior Vice President, Legal and Administration, Dairy Farmers of America

Vandy Howell

Cornerstone Research

Jon Jacobs

Attorney, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice

Brett Johnson

Non-Executive Director, Former General Counsel, Qantas Airways

Stacey Anne Mahoney

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

John Majoras

Jones Day, Columbus and Washington, DC

Thomas McGrath


Hunter Murdock

Director & Head of Litigation, Legal Americas, Ranbaxy

Curtis Oltmans

Corporate Vice President & General Counsel, Novo Nordisk

Martha Samuelson

Analysis Group

John Schmidtlein

Williams & Connolly, Washington, DC

David Stellings

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Heather Tewksbury

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Gerwin Van Gerven


Charles Whiddington

Field Fisher Waterhouse

CPD/CLE points

This conference is accredited with 5.5 CPD/CLE hours under the SRA professional development scheme


8:30: Welcome coffee and registration

9:00: Chairs’ introduction

W. Todd Miller, Baker & Miller
Jeffrey Schmidt, Linklaters

9.10: Session oneLitigating a criminal vs. a civil case  The government perspective

There are substantial differences between litigating a criminal and a civil antitrust case. We will hear from one of DOJ's most experienced trial lawyers about the government perspective with private practice commentary and time for questions.

W. Todd Miller, 
Baker & Miller 

Jon Jacobs, Attorney, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice

John Schmidtlein, Williams & Connolly 

10.10: Coffee break

10.40: Session two: The use of experts in antitrust litigation — A necessary evil?

The use of experts in antitrust litigation is, at this point, mandatory. In light of many courts' approach to the "battle of the experts", where the court declines to ‎engage in close analysis of the merits of challenges to the experts' work, this panel will explore whether the use of experts remains necessary and ways to get the court's attention.

Jeffrey Schmidt, Linklaters

Vandy Howell, Cornerstone Research
Stacey Anne MahoneyMorgan, Lewis & Bockius
John Majoras, Jones Day
Martha Samuelson, Analysis Group 

12.00: Networking lunch  

13.30: Chairs' introduction

W. Todd Miller, Baker & Miller
Jeffrey Schmidt, Linklaters

13.40: Session three: Managing antitrust litigation — The GC's perspective Q&A

Antitrust litigation is almost always a high stakes ‎battle with serious risks to and substantial costs for the defendant. We will hear the in-house perspective on managing such litigation. This panel is in a question-and-answer format so bring your own questions!

Thomas McGrath, 

John Driscoll, Director of Litigation & Regulatory Affairs, Société Générale
David Geisler, Senior Vice President, Legal and Administration, Dairy Farmers of America
Brett Johnson, Non-Executive Director, Former General Counsel, Qantas Airways
Hunter Murdock, Director & Head of Litigation, Legal Americas, Ranbaxy
Curtis Oltmans, Corporate Vice President & General Counsel, Novo Nordisk

15.00: Coffee break

15:20: Session four: An Oxford Union-style debate — The new world of global civil litigation: is the US a model or cautionary tale?

The US has perhaps the oldest, most consistent traditions ‎in allowing and encouraging private antitrust litigation. As several major competition law regimes struggle with the development of private rights to redress, the US has acted as a model - and a cautionary tale - for those regimes. This panel will conduct a debate among plaintiffs' attorneys, defense attorneys and practitioners from Europe over the extent to which the various features of US private litigation should be emulated.

Robert Eisler, Grant & Eisenhofer

David Stellings, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein 
Heather Tewksbury, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Gerwin Van Gerven, Linklaters
Charles Whiddington, Field Fisher Waterhouse

16.50: Chairs' closing remarks

W. Todd Miller, Baker & Miller
Jeffrey Schmidt, Linklaters

17.00: Close of conference

17.00 onwards: Cocktail reception sponsored by Linklaters


Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, 10007, USA


  • "Very substantive! Packed with insight." Ann Longmore, Managing Director, Marsh