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Mr. Gustman is a partner in the firm's Antitrust and Litigation Practice Groups and serves as a member and former chairman of the firm's Executive Committee. For 30 years, he has handled numerous complex business litigation cases involving antitrust, accounting, bankruptcy, construction services, finance, insurance, real estate and securities fraud. He has considerable experience representing clients in class action antitrust and securities litigation, counseling clients on antitrust and securities issues, and providing general corporate and strategic advice to the firm's clients. His areas of focus include antitrust and trade regulation, complex disputes, franchise and dealership law, insurance coverage, securities litigation, regulation and enforcement and real estate litigation.
He has provided antitrust counsel to joint ventures, research consortiums and companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, as well as those facing antitrust claims. For example, he was lead counsel for one of the defendants in In Re Potash Antitrust Litigation (successfully resolved by summary judgment and affirmed on appeal (1993-1999)), and In Re Sulfuric Acid Antitrust Litigation. He has also successfully defended clients in connection with criminal antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice.
He recently served as lead antitrust counsel for a large international company in connection with its merger with a significant competitor. Mr. Gustman represented the company before the U.S. Department of Justice in order to win regulatory approval for the merger, resulting in the largest merger in Canadian history.
Chambers USA lists Freeborn & Peters LLP as a leading Illinois law firm that is "nimble" within the antitrust world, specifically recognizing Mr. Gustman, in its 2007 publication. He was recently selected by The Best Lawyers in America for inclusion in its 2010 edition in the specialty of antitrust law and The Legal 500 recognizes Mr. Gustman as a "Leading Individual" in antitrust-Midwest for his work with mergers, acquisitions, and buyouts. Who's Who Legal International, the official research partner of the International Bar Association, has also identified Mr. Gustman as one of the top twelve Illinois lawyers practicing antitrust and competition law. He has been selected as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of antitrust law, commercial litigation and corporation law and was named as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" for 2009.
In addition, he has lectured and written on various legal topics, including antitrust, class actions and mergers. He spoke at the PLI's 46th Annual Antitrust Law Institute, held at the University of Chicago. He also co-authored a paper entitled "Joint Ventures and Other Competitor Collaborations," published by the PLI Law Institute (2005).
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals , Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Federal Circuits
United States District Courts, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, Eastern District of Michigan and District of Colorado
Year of Birth: 1954
Law School: The George Washington University Law School,J.D., 1979
Law School Honors/Involvement: Editor, The George Washington International Law Review
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, BA, economics, 1975
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: With distinction
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chairman, Illinois Finance Authority, 2004-2007
Board of advisors of the BNA Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report in Washington, D.C., 2001-present
American Bar Association and its Antitrust and Litigation Sections
Illinois Bar Association
Board of directors of the George Washington University Law School Alumni Association
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