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Antitrust Institute 2014: Developments & Hot Topics

Author(s): Yvonne S. Quinn, Harvey I. Saferstein, J. Thomas Rosch
Practice Area: Antitrust, Corporate & Securities
Published: May 2014
PLI Item #: 51005
CHB Spine #: B2102, B2103

Former FTC Commissioner (7 year term); antitrust litigator (40 plus years) first at the McCutchen firm and then at the Latham firm; Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers since 1988; chair of both the ABA Antitrust Section and the California State Bar Antitrust and Consumer Protection Section; California Antitrust Lawyer of the Year 2003.

Harvey Saferstein specializes in antitrust and intellectual property counseling and litigation, and complex commercial and business litigation.

Harvey has previously been a partner with various prominent Los Angeles law firms.  He was also the Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission from 1978 to 1980.

From 1992-1993, Harvey served as President of the State Bar of California.

Currently, Harvey is a Member of the California State Bar’s California Access to Justice Committee.  He has been involved in many other committees with the State Bar of California including, Chair, Board on Discipline and Admission; Vice Chair, Legal Services; Co-Chair, LAW-HELP-LA Task Force; Member, Legal Committee; Member, Labor Relations; Member, Administrative of Justice; and Member of the Antitrust Section Executive Committee.

Harvey also served on the Judicial Council of California from 1993-1997. His committee work entailed participating on the Executive Committee, Rules and Forms Committee, Executive and Planning Committee, and Bench/Bar Coalition. He is an active member in the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and American Bar Association Antitrust and Intellectual Property Sections. Other bar activities include service on the Board of Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1987-1989), President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (1994-95), President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (1987-1989), member of the Harvard Law School Board of Directors (1993-1997), and Vice President of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles (2004-present).

Harvey’s litigation activities include trial and appellate counsel in antitrust cases and class actions in federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has also appeared before federal and state agencies and represented various businesses in federal and state investigations into antitrust and consumer protection matters. His counseling work encompasses advising clients on how to comply with state and federal antitrust laws, consumer protection laws, and other business regulations; conducting compliance seminars and programs for major corporations; advising on and conducting Hart-Scott-Rodino compliance and filing procedures in mergers and joint ventures such as the Robinson-Patman Act; and compliance counseling for major advertisers regarding consumer protection laws, intellectual property rights and media law. Harvey's litigation management cases have involved organizing, setting up and hiring personnel for a free-standing "branch" office in Chicago, IL, to represent a Chicago-based client in a hostile takeover. He also coordinated a post-trial team to overturn a $700 million federal antitrust jury verdict.  Harvey also successfully brought and settled a major antitrust/unfair competition case against a national retailer and an international food supplier on behalf of a terminated customer.

Harvey is admitted to practice in California. He received his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from University of California at Berkeley in 1965, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1968, where he was the Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from law school, Harvey served as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Bailey Aldrich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Boston, Massachusetts, and as an Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner Philip Elman in Washington, D.C.

Yvonne Quinn is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Group and one of two partners in charge of coordinating the Firm’s Antitrust Group. Her practice focuses on antitrust litigation, merger analysis and review, and counseling work.

Ms. Quinn’s clients include leading commercial banks, equity funds, investment banks, insurance companies, cable television operators, television programming suppliers, newspapers, publishers, sports franchise owners, advertising sales and healthcare companies, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, and many others.

Ms. Quinn has been a co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Antitrust Law Institute in New York since 2001 and has taught the mergers and acquisitions portion of the Institute since 1995. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association and a vice chair of the Financial Services Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. From 1989 to 1992, she was the chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Quinn has been recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner in Euromoney’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); Chambers USA (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); Chambers Global (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015);  The Legal 500 United States (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009); Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers (2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); The Best Lawyers in America (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017); and Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America (finalist), among other guides to the legal profession.


1977, University of Michigan, M.A.

1976, University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

1973, University of Illinois, B.A.