CBA Competition Law Fall Conference

The Canadian Bar Association

Speaking Engagement | October.17.2019 - October.18.2019

Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Orrick Antitrust partners Russell Cohen and Alex Okuliar will be participating in this year’s CBA Competition Law Fall Conference October 17-18 in Ottawa, Ontario.

This two-day conference is the leading Canadian event for competition law and policy professionals, bringing together all segments of the competition law community, including Canadian and international enforcement officials, in-house counsel, plaintiffs’ lawyers, defense lawyers, economists, and academics in order to share knowledge, experience, and advice regarding all areas of competition law and policy, including mergers, unilateral conduct, cartel and class action proceedings, and deceptive marketing practices.

Russ will be speaking on the panel, “Prosys v. Microsoft – Anatomy of a Class Action Trial,” a case study that will dissect how a competition law class action actually goes to trial, including the approaches taken by plaintiffs and defendants in respect of factual and expert evidence as well as the customized procedures adopted by the BC Supreme Court to manage this type of litigation.

Alex will be speaking on the panel, “Competition Law Enforcement in Aid of a Digital Charter,” which will explore what role competition law and enforcement may play in addressing concerns arising from profound changes in how consumers and suppliers transact and communicate, taking cues from European developments and the recent FTC hearings.

CLE Credits Available: N

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance Recovery

Russell P. Cohen Partner Antitrust & Competition, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

San Francisco

Russell Cohen is a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office with experience litigating antitrust and other complex business disputes on behalf of companies and individuals, particularly in the technology sector.

Russell has extensive experience representing clients in company-critical antitrust and unfair competition matters, particularly in the technology sector. These complex cases require a deep understanding of issues such as platform economics and strategy, software interoperability and the duty to disclose interface information; IP-related technology claims; and non-compete and other arrangements. He has represented clients in direct and indirect purchaser antitrust class actions, unfair competition cases and competitor suits in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration and international forums. 

Russell also represents clients in other complex business disputes, including venture capital investor disputes, insurance recovery for financial, property and other losses, and other commercial matters in federal and state court, and in arbitration proceedings.

Russell also works with clients on data-breach response efforts, including utilizing cyber insurance as part of a coordinated, comprehensive strategy for managing and recovering from data breaches. 

Russell is committed to pro bono legal work and community service. He was counsel in the successful Alien Tort Statute case against one of the assassins of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980. He represented former Guantanamo detainees seeking damages for torture and unlawful detention and was amicus counsel for a group of Canadian and international human rights organizations and scholars in the U.S. Supreme Court in Arar v. Ashcroft.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Merger Review
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Alex Okuliar Partner Antitrust & Competition, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Washington, D.C.

Alex is a litigator and former senior DOJ and FTC official representing clients in high-profile deals, investigations, and disputes. He frequently works for leading global companies, including recently Microsoft, Cisco, and Schlumberger, and has been recognized by Chambers USA and Global Competition Review, among others. Who's Who Legal reports that Alex is “a highly skilled competition lawyerapplauded for "his strong knowledge of and experience with the US authorities."

Drawing on his agency experience, Alex regularly appears before federal, state, and foreign authorities in connection with conduct and merger investigations, including the Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice. He also advocates for client's interests on numerous competition and consumer protection issues before the agencies. In addition to his agency work, Alex has litigated large antitrust, unfair competition, and consumer protection class actions in federal and state courts around the United States.

From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He focused heavily on technology and telecommunications-related issues, including big data, the growth of online technology platforms, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on mergers and conduct in the technology and finance sectors. He also worked on dozens of energy, health care and hospital matters while at the FTC and DOJ and continues to practice in those sectors. Before serving in the government, Alex spent ten years in private practice at leading international law firms.

Alex is frequently acknowledged for the quality of his work and client service. Chambers USA has recognized Alex in its ranking of top DC antitrust lawyers (2018, 2019). He was recommended for antitrust litigation defense (2019) and merger control (2017-2019) in Legal 500 and was listed in Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders (2017, 2018) and Who's Who Legal: Competition (2019). He was also individually noted as "excellent" by Global Competition Review in its 2018 ranking of the world's antitrust practices. 

Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.