Allen Grunes is an antitrust lawyer whose practice includes advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, providing counseling on non-merger matters, and representing clients in federal court, before the federal antitrust agencies and before Congress. He has extensive experience in a range of industries, including media and entertainment, telecommunications, and the high-tech sector. Thomson Reuters has included him on its list of Washington D.C. Super Lawyers for 2014.
Mr. Grunes spent more than a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he led many merger and civil non-merger investigations in radio, television, newspapers, motion pictures, and other industries. He was part of the litigation team in a number of important cases brought by the United States, including United States v. Alex. Brown & Sons (NASDAQ Market Makers) and United States v. National Association of Realtors. He and Maurice Stucke briefed and argued government’s application to participate in class action settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation (Wal-Mart Litigation).
Mr. Grunes currently serves as Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and is on the Advisory Boards of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He writes and speaks frequently on antitrust topics. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Rutgers-Camden School of Law, and holds an LL.M. from New York University. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, Illinois and the District of Columbia.
Immediately prior to joining the firm, Mr. Grunes was a Shareholder in the Washington D.C. office of an AmLaw 200 law firm.
Represented Warner Music Group in connection with the Universal/EMI merger before Congress and the Federal Trade Commission.
Advocated against AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile for an informal coalition of companies seeking to preserve a competitive mobile wireless marketplace.
Represented a class of temporary nurses in federal antitrust litigation against a state-wide hospital association and several individual hospitals in Arizona.
Represented Lube Distributions Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of KRG Capital Partners in the sale of Petro-Choice, the largest distributor of consumable commercial, industrial and passenger vehicle lubricants in the Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest regions of the U.S, to Greenbriar Equity Group.
Assisted Graham Packaging Company, L.P., a portfolio company of Blackstone Capital Group, in a $568 million strategic acquisition of another manufacturer and supplier of technology-based, customized blow molded plastic containers for the branded food and beverage, household, personal care/specialty and automotive lubricants product categories.
Filed an amicus brief on behalf of Intellectual Ventures Management and individual inventors in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Microsoft Corporation v. i4i Limited Partnership patent case.
Represented an individual in an international criminal antitrust investigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and European authorities in the freight-forwarding industry.
Publications & Presentations
- Testified before House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, hearing on “Competition in the Video and Broadband Markets: The Proposed Merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable,” May 8, 2014
- Commentary, “Another ‘Too Big to Fail’ Merger from Comcast’s Playbook,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, Roll Call, April 17, 2014
- “The Beneficent Monopolist,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, April 2014
- Contributing Author, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Econometrics: Legal, Practical and Technical Issues, Second Edition, March 2014
- “Crossing the Rubicon: Why the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger Should Be Blocked,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, Global Competition Review, February 25, 2014
- “International Trends in Private Enforcement of Competition Law,” panelist, Korea University ICR Law Center, Seoul, South Korea, November 1, 2013
- “Another Look at Privacy,” 20 George Mason Law Review 1107 (Summer 2013)
- “Privacy and Competition Policy,” panelist, 16th Annual Symposium on Antitrust Law, Privacy Regulation and Antitrust, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, January 17, 2013
- “The Next Big Thing,” Competition Policy International’s CPI Antitrust Chronicle, December 2012 (1)
- “In Search of Google’s Red Herrings,” Law360, October 30, 2012
- “A TechFreedom Debate: Should the FTC Sue Google Over Search?” participant, Washington, D.C., September 28, 2012
- “The Liberties and Risks of Collective Entities,” moderator, 13th Annual Conference: Civil Liberties and Competition Policy, American Antitrust Institute, Washington D.C., June 21, 2012
- “Search, Duties to Deal, and Essential Facilities,” panelist, Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics, George Mason School of Law, Second Annual Conference on Competition, Search, and Social Media, Arlington VA, May 16, 2012
- “The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: What Might Have Been,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Vol. 3, No. 2 (2012)
- “Media Concentration in a Global Digital Universe,” panelist, University of Tennessee College of Law Entertainment Law Conference, Knoxville, TN, March 31, 2012
- “Antitrust Review of the AT&T/T-Mobile Transaction,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, 64 Fed. Comm. L.J. 47 (2011)
- “Why More Antitrust Immunity for the Media is a Bad Idea,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, 105 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1399 (2011) (previously published in the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy)
- “A Roundtable Discussion of United States v. AT&T (2011),” panelist, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Washington D.C., September 27, 2011
- “AT&T’s Miscalculations: The company did not expect the level of opposition it would face in pushing through the T-Mobile merger,” National Law Journal, September 12, 2011
- “Buyer Power and Merger Policy,” discussant, 11th Annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, April 29, 2011
- “2011 Symposium on Associations and Antitrust,” program chair, Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington D.C., February 10, 2011
- “Handbook on Interlocking Directorates,” contributing editor, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2011
- “Why is the Government Leaving Taxpayer Money on the Table?” ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Business Torts & RICO News, Vol. 6, Issue 4 (Fall 2010)
- “Plurality of Political Opinion and the Concentration of the Media,” general reporter, The XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C., July 31, 2010
- “Competitor Collaborations to Aid Journalism,” panelist, Federal Trade Commission Workshop on the Future of Journalism, March 9-10, 2010
- “Scarcity, Diversity, Efficiency: Media Structure Regulation Reconsidered,” presentation at “Rethinking Media Policy in the Age of New Media” program, Quello Center Communications Law and Policy Symposium, The National Press Club, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2009
- “Toward a Better Competition Policy for the Media,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, 42 Conn. L. Rev. 101, 2009
- “Media, Markets, Advertising and Antitrust,” Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, January 29, 2009
- “Antitrust and the Marketplace of Ideas,” co-author with Maurice E. Stucke, 69 Antitrust L.J. 249, 2001
- “Exclusion of Plaintiffs from the Courtroom in Personal Injury Actions: A Matter of Discretion or Constitutional Right?” 38 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 387, 1987-88