Christopher E. Ondeck

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Christopher E. Ondeck

Christopher E. Ondeck

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP


Chris Ondeck is co-chair of the Firm’s nationwide Antitrust Group. He represents clients in civil and criminal antitrust litigation, defending mergers and acquisitions before the U.S. antitrust agencies, defending companies involved in government investigations, and providing antitrust counseling.

Chris has handled antitrust matters for clients in a number of industries, including advertising, aerospace, alcoholic beverages, appliances, building materials, consumer products, defense, franchise, medical devices, metals, mining, natural resources, oil and gas, packaging, pharmaceuticals, software and telecommunications. He also has developed substantial experience advising clients regarding the application of the antitrust laws to the pharmaceutical industry, the agriculture industry, trade associations and the energy industry.

Chris also has particular experience with the antitrust issues involving food and agriculture. For more than 20 years, he has represented individual producers, suppliers, marketers, processors, distributors and other market participants. He also has represented many well-known agricultural cooperatives, agriculture industry associations and consumer brands. His experience includes large class actions, arbitrations and government investigations. He is a thought leader in the field, and has published and spoken extensively on the antitrust issues involved. He currently represents clients in the nationwide antitrust class action litigations in the broiler chicken, egg, potato and mushroom industries.

Chambers USA, which ranks Chris as a leading antitrust lawyer, called him a "rising star," noting that clients describe him as "our primary thought partner - he's very good at explaining the complex issues and making them easy to understand" and praise him for "his strong advocacy skills."

Chris is a frequent speaker on antitrust topics, and is the author of the Supply Control White Paper, published in 2009 by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Chris moderated the 2012 Capper-Volstead Conference and serves by appointment as the vice-chair of the Capper-Volstead Sub-Committee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

Representative Litigation Experience:

*In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill): representing Wayne Farms in an antitrust class action involving claims of supply control and price-fixing in the broiler industry

*Zenith Electronics LLC et al. v. Sceptre, Inc. (C.D. Cal): successfully defended Zenith, Panasonic, Philips, and MPEG LA, a leading administrator of patent pools, against standard essential patent antitrust counterclaims in litigation relating to licensing of digital television patents; Section 1 conspiracy claims dismissed at oral argument on summary judgment

*PharmaRx, Inc. v. GE Healthcare; Cardinal Health, Inc., and Cardinal Health 414, (C.D. Cal.): represented Cardinal Health in an antitrust class action involving conspiracy and monopolization claims in the nuclear pharmaceutical distribution industry; prevailed on motion to dismiss

*In re Fresh and Process Potatoes class action antitrust litigation (D. Idaho): successfully defended Potandon Produce L.L.C., the largest marketer of potatoes in the U.S., in a nationwide multi-district litigation

*In re Processed Egg Products class action antitrust litigation (E.D. Pa.): successfully defended Daybreak Foods, Inc., one of the largest producers of eggs in the U.S., in a nationwide multi district litigation; Direct Purchaser Class claims dismissed at summary judgment stage

*Nat’l Milk Producers Fed’n. et al. v. Edwards et al. (U.S. Supreme Court): represented the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives as amicus curiae for the intersection between class certification and the Capper-Volstead Act

*Standard Iron Works, Inc. v. ArcelorMittal (N.D. Ill.): represented the steel industry trade association American Iron & Steel Institute in the steel products antitrust litigation

*In re Mushroom Products class action antitrust litigation (E.D. Pa.; 3rd Cir.): represented the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives as amicus curiae

*Lawter & Associates, PLLC v. AT&T Inc. and Southwestern Bell Advertising L.P. (W.D. Okla.): successfully defended AT&T Inc. and Southwestern Bell Advertising against tying and unlawful monopolization claims related to AT&T's directory publishing business

*Talk America, Inc., et al. v. AT&T Corp., (D. NJ): successfully defended AT&T against predatory pricing, refusal to deal and essential facility claims related to AT&T's long-distance service business

*Bay State Transit Services, LLC, v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, et al. (D.D.C.): successfully defended Amtrak in a tying and boycott case

*Patriot Inc. v. AARP, Fannie Mae, Transamerica HomeFirst Inc., Wendover Funding Inc., and National Center for Home Equity Conversion (D.D.C.): successfully represented AARP in an antitrust claim involving alleged conspiracy and defamation in the reverse mortgage industry

*Vernalis Plc v. Covance, Inc (arbitration): successfully defended Covance, the largest pharmaceutical testing company in the world, in a matter involving pharmaceutical testing and FDA approval of a new pharmaceutical

*Successfully represented an agriculture company in a DOJ criminal antitrust investigation, grand jury investigation closed without indictment

*Successfully represented a large group of food producers and distributors in a DOJ civil antitrust investigation into alleged wage-fixing and other employment practices, investigation closed without charges or a consent decree

Representative Merger Experience:

*Represented a Fortune 500 oil company in the DOJ’s successful challenge to the proposed merger of Baker-Hughes and Halliburton

*comScore, Inc. in its successful challenge to the $1.26 billion acquisition by Nielsen Holdings N.V. of Arbitron Inc. before the Federal Trade Commission, resulting in a remedy that required an asset divestiture and licensing of intellectual property by the merging parties to comScore

*United Technologies Corporation in the $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich Corp., the largest aerospace deal in history

*AT&T in the $950 million sale of its Yellow Pages business to Cerberus

*Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and UBS in the formation of ICE US Trust LLC

*Rio Tinto in the $764 million sale of its Jacobs Ranch coal mine to Arch Coal

*Reed Elsevier PLC in connection with the $950 million divestiture of its Harcourt Assessment business to Pearson PLC

*Reed Elsevier PLC in connection with the $4 billion divestiture of its Harcourt Education business to Houghton Mifflin Company

*AT&T in the sale of The Berry Company's Independent Line of Business to Local Insight Media

*AT&T in connection with its $67 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corp.

*SBC Communications in connection with its $16 billion acquisition of AT&T Corporation

*AT&T in connection with the sale of its outsourcing business to IBM

*Armor Holdings in its acquisition of Michaels of Oregon's law enforcement/security/military equipment business

*RAG Coal in the sale of its U.S. coal business to First Reserve/Blackstone Group

*Schmalbach Lubeca in the sale of its PET packaging and closures business to Amcor

*Diageo in its joint acquisition of Seagram, creating the world's largest alcohol beverage company

Representative Grand Jury Matters:

*In re: Aviation Fuel Services Grand Jury Investigation

*In re: Wire Harness Grand Jury Investigation

*In re: Citrus Imports Antitrust Grand Jury Investigation

Represented former senior trader at Williams Energy Marketing & Trading on criminal conspiracy and commodities manipulation charge

Representative Energy Industry Experience:

*One of the largest independent oil producers in the U.S.

*One of the largest publicly-traded,

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Class of 1995

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

Class of 1992

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Member, Antitrust Section

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Career History
2014 - Current

Proskauer Rose LLP is a law firm in New York, NY. It offers corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law services. It serves the chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1875.

Prior - 2014

Crowell & Moring LLP is a law firm that provides legal services in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. It also offers services in other areas including employee benefits, tax and white collar defense. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

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United Technologies Corporation purchases Goodrich Corp.

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Arch Coal, Inc. purchases Rio Tinto Plc /Jacobs Ranch Operation from Rio Tinto Plc

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Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, Local Insight Regatta Holdings, Inc. purchase L.M. Berry Co. /Independent Line of Business from AT&T, Inc.

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