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Adam S. Paris

Partner

Adam S. Paris

Partner
Los Angeles +1-310-712-6663+1-310-712-6663 +1-310-712-8800+1-310-712-8800
parisa@sullcrom.com

Mr. Paris is a member of S&C’s Litigation Group and has been a partner of the Firm since January 2006. Prior to joining S&C, Mr. Paris was a Law Clerk to Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States District Court for the Ninth Circuit and, before that, to Chief Judge Marilyn Huff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Mr. Paris’s practice focuses on the defense of a variety of complex business litigation, with particular concentration on antitrust/unfair competition matters, trade secrets litigation, mergers & acquisition litigation and securities litigation. He regularly appears in federal and state courts throughout the country, and has handled both domestic and international arbitrations through evidentiary hearings on the merits. Mr. Paris’ antitrust practice has included the defense of private class action litigation, criminal investigations by the Department of Justice and merger clearances (including three multi-billion dollar transactions) before the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.

Rankings and Recognitions

  • Legal 500 United States – Recognized in Antitrust: Civil litigation/class actions (2017)
  • Law360 Rising Star – named one of 10 antitrust/unfair competition attorneys under the age of 40 to watch
  • Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • 2009 BTI Client Service All-Star

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

  • Director, Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation
  • Director, Friends of the Los Angeles Law Library
  • Director, Western Center for Law & Poverty
  • Director, The Industry (Los Angeles)


SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Pabst Brewing Co. v. MillerCoors LLC
Represents Pabst as plaintiff against MillerCoors in a $400 million contract and unfair competition lawsuit arising from the parties’ 2007 Brewing Agreement, pending in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Navistar International
Acts as antitrust counsel to Navistar in connection with its joint ventures with Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH, following VW T&B’s $250 million investment in Navistar.

Apollo Education Group
Represents Apollo Education Group in merger and securities litigation arising from its $1.1 billion acquisition by a consortium led Apollo Global Management.

Edison International
Advises the Special Litigation Committee of the Edison board addressing stockholder demands and related litigation arising from the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

Amgen, Inc.
Represents Amgen in merger and related litigation arising from its $10 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
Acts as antitrust counsel to NSSMC in connection with the operation of a number of its United States joint ventures.

1st Century Bancshares, Inc. –
Represented 1st Century Bancshares and former board members in obtaining the dismissal of a putative class action stemming from 1st Century’s acquisition by Midland Financial Co., the holding company of MidFirst Bank—one of the nation’s largest privately-held banks.

In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation 
Represents FXI Holdings, Inc.  in connection with the DOJ Antitrust Division’s criminal investigation of price-fixing of prices of polyurethane foam, and in all related multidistrict antitrust civil class action litigation brought by direct and indirect foam purchasers, including numerous “opt-out” actions.

Novell Inc. v. Microsoft Corp.
Represented Microsoft in connection with $3 billion Sherman antitrust claim brought by Novell concerning Microsoft’s alleged reengineering of its Windows 95 operating system to hinder Novell’s development of the WordPerfect word processing program.  Participated in nine-week trial in Salt Lake City, Utah.  After trial, the District Court dismissed Novell’s claim as a matter of law.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit unanimously affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari.
 
AT&T Inc.
Represented AT&T in a number of merger-related litigations, most recently through a successful state court appeal in litigation arising from AT&T’s $1.4 billion acquisition of mobile carrier Leap Wireless.

PacWest Bancorp
Represented PacWest in state and federal litigation arising from its $2.3 billion merger with commercial lender CapitalSource.

In re Puerto Rican Cabotage Antitrust Litigation
Represented Saltchuk Resources and Sea Star Line, LLC in connection with the DOJ Antitrust Division’s criminal investigation of price-fixing of rates charged to companies shipping products by container to and from Puerto Rico.  Litigated all multidistrict antitrust class action litigation brought by direct and indirect purchasers of Puerto Rican Cabotage in federal district court and state courts in Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Florida, including dozens of “opt-out” actions.
 
In re LIBOR Antitrust Litigation –
Represents Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital Inc. in federal multidistrict civil antitrust litigation and related investigations arising from allegations of LIBOR bid-rigging.
 
In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation
Represented Solvay S.A. and Solvay Chemicals in connection with the DOJ Antitrust Division’s criminal investigation of price-fixing of hydrogen peroxide, sodium perborate and sodium percarbonate.  Conducted investigation of alleged wrongdoing and negotiated resolution with the Department of Justice. Represented Solvay in multidistrict antitrust class action litigation brought by direct and indirect peroxygen purchasers in federal district court in Philadelphia.
 
In re Copper Wire Antitrust Litigation –
Represented Rio Tinto plc in federal civil multidistrict antitrust price-fixing litigation arising from allegations of copper metal bid-rigging.  Obtained dismissal on jurisdiction grounds.
 
Net Insight v. Evertz Technologies, et al.
Represented Evertz in connection with large California trade secret misappropriation litigation, in which Evertz’s newly hired head of sales was accused of poaching former employer’s trade secrets.  Defeated two injunction motions.
 
International Rectifier v. Lidow, et al. –
Represented the former CEO of International Rectifier in a four-year California trade secret litigation relating to his separation from IR and subsequent creation of a competing semiconductor business, which included a successful interlocutory appeal to the California Court of Appeals.
 
Trust Company of the West v. Gundlach, et al.–
Represented Goldman, Sachs & Co. at TCW/Gundlach trade secret misappropriation trial, in a case arising from Gundlach’s departure from TCW and his establishment of a competing investment advisory business.
 
US Oncology v. Wilmington Trust FSB
Represented McKesson Corporation, as successor in interest to US Oncology, in $42 million bond redemption dispute with securityholders and Wilmington Trust.
 
In re MRV Shareholder & Derivative Litigation
Represented MRV Communications in connection with California state and federal class action and derivative litigations arising from alleged backdating of stock options.