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Adam Gitlin
Partner, San Francisco Office
415 956-1000

Adam Gitlin

Adam is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office specializing in antitrust litigation. Adam’s recent antitrust successes include representing a class of hospitals, third-party payors, and uninsured persons in 29 states and the District of Columbia in an antitrust class action against defendants Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sandoz Inc. for their alleged monopolization of enoxaparin, the generic version of the anticoagulant blood clotting drug Lovenox. Adam negotiated all defendant and third party discovery for plaintiffs for the firm as Class Counsel, did initial drafts of most briefing, and was responsible for significant portions of expert discovery and the team’s pre-trial preparation. The case settled in late 2019, shortly before trial, and received final approval in May 2020.

The settlement, totaling $120 million, is the second largest indirect purchaser antitrust pharmaceutical settlement fund in history. Lieff Cabraser’s work on the case was recognized by the American Antitrust Institute, which honored the firm with the 2020 Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement award. Adam was awarded AAI’s Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer award for his contributions to the case.

Adam brings to bear his experience as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, where he focused on merger review and potential anticompetitive conduct investigations and litigation, primarily in the healthcare industry. He was the Department’s lead attorney in U.S. v. Humana Inc. and Arcadian Management Services, Inc., and several nonpublic matters. He was an integral part of the U.S. and State of Texas v. United Regional Healthcare System team, which in 2011 was the first case the Department had filed in over a decade alleging monopoly conduct under Section 2 of the Sherman Act. He was also part of several “mega-merger” cases, including the trial team in the US Airways-American Airlines merger case, which settled on the eve of trial. He received multiple Assistant Attorney General Awards of Distinction for his work.

Before coming to Lieff Cabraser, Adam worked for the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, as Counsel in the Center’s Voting Rights & Elections Project. There he engaged in statewide legislative advocacy campaigns to pass voting reforms, successfully lobbied election officials in four states to issue new guidance on voter intimidation in advance of the 2016 general election, and educated and interacted with the public via white papersfrequent published articles with national syndication, and numerous press, conference, and media appearances. Adam began his legal career as a judicial clerk to Judge Noël A. Kramer of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

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  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI
    J.D. cum laude – 2007
    Executive Editor and Editorial Board Member, University of Michigan Law Review
  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    A.B., Economics – 2003
  • California, 2017
  • New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2018
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021
  • “Outstanding Antitrust Achievement by a Young Lawyer,” American Antitrust Institute, 2020
  • “Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement,” American Antitrust Institute, 2020
  • “Rising Star for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2019
  • “Award of Distinction,” U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, 2013
  • “Award of Distinction,” U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, 2010
  • “The Antitrust of Dominant Hospital Systems: United States v. CMHA and UFCW v. Sutter Health,” ABA Antitrust Law Section, 2020
  • The Justice Department’s Voter Fraud Scandal: Lessons (with Wendy Weiser), New York: Brennan Center for Justice, January 2017
  • Lecturer, “Voter Intimidation and Discrimination in the 2016 Election: Rhetoric and Reality,” U.S. Presidential Election of 2016 Conference on Domestic & International Aspects, Inter-Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, January 2017
  • Lecturer, “Modernizing Elections,” Washington House of Representatives State Government Committee, January 2017
  • Dangers of “Ballot Security” Operations: Preventing Intimidation, Discrimination, and Disruption (with Wendy Weiser), New York: Brennan Center for Justice, August 2016
  • Automatic Motor-Voter Registration Now Law in Four States, BillMoyers.com, May 2016
  • Lecturer, “Nonpartisan Voter Education Workshop,” Nassau County, NY, October 2016
  • Lecturer, “Voting in 2016: The Good, the Bad, and the Potentially Very Ugly,” Westchester Women’s Bar Association, White Plains, NY, September 2016
  • Witness, Voting Rights Town Hall Meeting: “Setting the Democracy Agenda,” Hon. John Conyers & Hon. Brenda Lawrence, U.S. House of Representatives, Detroit, MI, June 2016
  • Witness, Congressional Forum: “Fragile at fifty: The urgent need to strengthen and restore the Voting Rights Act,” Hon. Nydia Velazquez, Hon. Hakeem Jeffries, and Hon. Grace Meng, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Outreach and Engagement Task Force, New York, NY, May 2016
  • Witness, Hearing on SB 350 [automatic voter registration bill], Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, Maryland Senate, February 2016
  • Christie Misses a Golden Opportunity for the Garden State, The Huffington Post, November 2015
  • Panelist, “Voting Rights Panel,” SiX National Legislator Conference, Washington, DC, October 2015
  • San Francisco