Angelo M. Russo


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  • DePaul University College of Law, JD, with Honors, Dean's List, Order of the Coif, Editor in Chief, DePaul Law Review, 2000
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, Psychology, 1997
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Vice Chair, Section of Antitrust Law, Competition Torts Committee, American Bar Association, 2012-2016

Young Lawyer Representative, Section of Antitrust Law, Corporate Counseling Committee, American Bar Association, 2011-2012

Chair, Antitrust Law Committee, 2009-2010; Vice Chair, Antitrust Law Committee, 2008-2009, Chicago Bar Association

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Board of Directors, Special Olympics Illinois, 2014-2016

Angelo focuses his practice on antitrust and trade regulation, class action litigation, complex commercial litigation, and compliance counseling. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts, and before arbitration tribunals.

Angelo's antitrust practice consists of representing companies and individuals in criminal investigations and civil litigation involving international cartels, price fixing, bid rigging, customer and  market allocations, tying arrangements, exclusive dealing,  bundled discounts, monopolization, attempted monopolization, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. He has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Canadian Competition Bureau. He has successfully persuaded authorities to close investigations without taking enforcement action and has secured non-prosecution agreements and leniency protection for clients.

Angelo has extensive experience representing health care providers with antitrust issues involving exclusivity clauses, tying, bundled discounts, and contract negotiation and termination. In addition, he routinely counsels clients on a variety of antitrust issues, including, but not limited to, exclusive dealing, competitive information exchanges, competitor collaborations, discounting practices, price discrimination, most favored nation provisions, non-compete agreements, distribution relationships, and  group boycotts. He has assisted clients with internal investigations and audits to assess compliance with the antitrust and corruption laws. He also has drafted and implemented national and international antitrust compliance programs and audits to reduce  antitrust and corruption risk. He is a frequent speaker on numerous topics relating to antitrust, compliance, life sciences, and healthcare.

Along with a McGuireWoods team, Angelo helped secure a May 2010 victory on behalf of Jo Tankers before the U.S. Supreme Court in Stolt-Nielsen v. Animalfeeds Int'l, 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010), which held that the respondents could not be compelled  under  the Federal Arbitration Act to engage in class arbitration where the arbitration agreement was silent on the issue of class arbitration.

Further, Angelo has extensive experience in other complex commercial litigation matters, such as civil RICO litigation, healthcare litigation, false claims and qui tam litigation, and white-collar criminal defense.

Angelo is listed in Chambers USA as a Recognized Practitioner for Antitrust (Illinois). He is actively involved in the American Bar Association. In 2012, Angelo became a Vice-Chair of the Competition Torts Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. Before that, he served as a Young Lawyer Representative for the Corporate Counseling Committee. Angelo also is a past chair of the Antitrust Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.

Angelo is an active member of the firm's National Recruiting Committee and is the Chicago Recruiting Committee Chair.

Community Involvement

Angelo serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Illinois. He also serves on Leaders Council for Special Olympics Illinois. Angelo was recognized as one of the top individual fundraisers for the Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge in 2009 and 2014.

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Angelo Russo
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Representation of a hospital alleging exclusive dealing, monopolization, and attempted monopolization claims against a major hospital system located in Central Illinois.

Representation of a domestic ocean container shipping company in a criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding price-fixing of ocean transportation rates between the continental United States and Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and defense of related treble­ damage actions brought by customers seeking to recover damages as a result of the alleged conspiracy. United States v. Horizon Lines, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico) and In re Puerto Rican Cabotage Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1960 (U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico).

Representation of industry-leading manufacturer in a global cartel investigation involving simultaneous government investigations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Representation of a major carrier of liquid chemicals in parcel tanker vessels in international cartel investigation and related treble-damage actions alleging price fixing and bid rigging. In re Parcel Tanker Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut).

Representation of a manufacturer in an investigation of the ready-mix concrete and cement industry by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Defense of an executive in a criminal investigation of the capacitor industry by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Defense of an executive in a criminal investigation of the automotive parts industry by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Representation of an ambulatory surgery center alleging tying, bundling, and exclusive dealing claims against a major hospital system located in Central Illinois. Peoria Day Surgery Center v. OSF Healthcare System, Case No. 06- 1236 (U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois).

Corporate Counseling

Development of expedited, internal investigation of possible anticompetitive behavior and secured admission into the U.S. Department of Justice’s Corporate Leniency Program.

Development and implementation of proactive antitrust audits of multinational corporations in North America, South America and Europe in a number of industries, such as transportation, paper products, chemicals, construction, and packaging and building materials.

Development and implementation of antitrust compliance programs, as well as training programs and seminars for clients and their employees.

Advice on a variety of pricing and distribution issues, such as resale price maintenance, exclusivity, bundled discounts, most favored nation clauses, and price discrimination.

Member, Lawyers of Distinction, Recognizing Excellence in Antitrust Law, 2018

Named a Recognized Practitioner, Antitrust, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Antitrust: Civil Litigation and Class Action, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2017

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Antitrust Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2013, 2015

Fellow; Diversity Law Institute; The Trial Law Institute, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honor Society

Editorial Board, Issues in Competition Law and Policy, Volumes I, II and III, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, June 2008
Speaker, "Hot Button Antitrust Issues for Life Science Companies," 9th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference, November 16, 2017
Speaker, "Antitrust 101: Does and Don’ts to Protect Your Company," MPIF 2017 Management Summit and 73rd Annual MPIF Business Meeting, October 23, 2017
Speaker, "Are You the Victim of an Antitrust Violation?," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement Conference, October 12, 2017
Speaker, "Current Issues in Antitrust," Compliance in the Real World; A Practical Discussion About Today’s Top Issues, McGuireWoods LLP Conference, May 17, 2017
Speaker, "Corporate Counseling Committee’s Monthly Antitrust Update," Webinar for the Corporate Counseling Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section, May 12, 2017
Speaker, "Part One: Healthcare Litigation - Out of Network, False Claims Cases and Antitrust Issues," Healthcare Webinar Series, March 9, 2017
Speaker, "Antitrust Hypotheticals – LIVE!," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement, McGuireWoods Seminar, December 7, 2016
Panelist, "Hot Button Antitrust Issues for Life Science Companies," 8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, November 10, 2016
Panelist, "A Town Hall Meeting," American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, The Competition Torts Committee, October 11, 2016
Speaker, "Healthcare Investigations & Litigation: Whistleblower Suits to FTC Antitrust Actions and Beyond," 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 24, 2016
Speaker, "Antitrust Hot Topics," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, October 14, 2015
Moderator, "Provider and Payor Transactions: Avoiding Antitrust Pitfalls," Annual Healthcare Litigation Conference, May 6, 2015
Speaker, Antitrust Issues for Healthcare Providers, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, March 18, 2015
Speaker, "Antitrust Compliance and Other Hot Compliance Topics in the Medical Device Industry," 6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, November 18, 2014
Speaker, "Antitrust in Healthcare," 9th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 18, 2014
Panelist, "The Development of a Hospital Antitrust Case," Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, April 8, 2014
Speaker, 8 Key Trends in Healthcare False Claims and Antitrust Litigation, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, March 12, 2014
Panelist, Antitrust Compliance in 3D - Hot Topics in Antitrust, Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, October 2013
Speaker, "Emerging Issues in ASC and Healthcare Litigation," Becker's ASC Review – 19th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference, October 26, 2012
Panelist, "False Claims, Anti-Kickback Investigations and Other Common Issues of Litigation," Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting – ACOs, Physician-Hospital Integration, Improving Profitability and Key Specialties, May 18, 2012
Speaker, "Antitrust Concerns in Medical Device Pricing and Reimbursement," ACI In-House Counsel Forum on Medical Device Pricing & Reimbursement, 2011
Speaker, "Antitrust Concerns in Medical Device Pricing," 2nd Annual Medical Device, Durable Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Conference: Key Business & Legal Issues for Manufacturers & Distributors, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, November 3, 2010
Speaker, "Antitrust Concerns in Medical Device Pricing and Reimbursement," ACI In-House Counsel Forum on Medical Device Pricing & Reimbursement, 2010
Speaker, Recent Developments in Antitrust: A Prescription for Compliance, July 14, 2009