Noel L. Allen

Noel Allen assists state, federal, and international clients in complex business transactions and litigation involving regulatory, antitrust, unfair trade, licensing, and administrative law.

Noel is president of Allen & Pinnix, P.A. He has been admitted to practice in North Carolina (all state and federal courts), the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania (inactive), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. He has made frequent speeches to state, national, and international groups on the trans-border application and enforcement of trade regulations, competition laws, and accountancy regulations, including recent presentations in Madrid, Spain; Vancouver, Canada; Guangzhou, China, as well as San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Anchorage. He has also taught antitrust, trade regulation, consumer protection law, and international law as an adjunct professor.

Examples of recognition of Noel’s record of experience and leadership in these fields include the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating**; US News “Best Lawyers in America,” (administrative/regulatory law); “Lawyer of the Year,” (Best Lawyers’ 2013 Raleigh Administrative / Regulatory Law); NC “Super Lawyers;” “NC Legal Elite” (Business North Carolina); and “Leader in the Law” (NC Lawyers Weekly 2012). He has also received the International Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association’s International Law Section. In 2008, Elon University named him an Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, and in 2009 Elon awarded him an Honorary Doctorate Degree. In 2011, he was inducted as a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honour society recognising outstanding service and academic excellence.

Noel has enhanced his leadership in these areas of law through teaching and publications (author of North Carolina Unfair Business Practice, LexisNexis; U.S. editor, Competition Laws in Western Europe and the USA, Kluwer; U.S. editor, Comparative Law of Monopolies, Kluwer; N.C. chapter, Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America, Juris; and U.S. editor, World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies-Laws with Commentary, West), and through service as chair of North Carolina Bar Association Sections (International, Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes, and Administrative).

Noel has served on the Elon University Board of Trustees since 1985. He served as Chair of two game-changing, long-range planning committees for Elon, including one that was the subject of a book published by Johns Hopkins University Press (Transforming a College: The Story of a Little-Known College’s Strategic Climb to National Distinction). He was Chair of the Search Committee that hired the current University President, and chaired Elon’s Board of Trustees from 2001-2003.

Noel serves as Vice Chair of The Center for the Public Trust (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy). He serves on the Boards of Advisors for both the Elon University School of Law and for the Lazarski University’s LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice (Warsaw, Poland). He is also a Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria), and his firm is a member of the Center’s International Business Law Consortium.

Examples of matters in which Noel has assisted clients include:

  • Served as lead counsel for the administrator of a multi-year, billion-dollar professional licensing exam to be delivered throughout the U.S. and at foreign test centres.
  • Represented a nonprofit in its multi-million-dollar sale of a for-profit subsidiary.
  • Represented an insurance company in its multi-million-dollar spin-off of a business line.
  • Assisted a national association of licensing boards in preparing, updating, and promoting uniform licensing laws and rules.
  • Successfully defended a North Carolina business in alleged vertical restraints of trade litigation regarding distribution of the client’s products in foreign markets.
  • Represented a fixed-base operator at a regional airport in antitrust and Section 1983 claims against the local government and airport authority, and private competitors.
  • Represented a developer in antitrust, unfair trade, and Section 1983 litigation against a consortium of eight banks and a local government.
  • Represented a for-profit licensing service and a national trade association in antitrust litigation against a trade association regarding alleged monopolisation of professional examination services.
  • Served as counsel in a state agency’s civil action against the Federal Trade Commission.

Mary Lehner

Mary Lehner is a partner in our antitrust, competition and trade group based in Washington, DC. Mary focuses her practice on representing clients before the FTC, the DOJ, and State Attorneys General on the antitrust aspects of M&A, joint ventures, distribution and intellectual property arrangements, and other competitive conduct.

Before joining Freshfields, Mary served as an advisor to two FTC Chairs, providing counsel on antitrust investigations, enforcement actions, policy initiatives, public relations, and congressional strategies. Prior to her role in the Chairman’s office, Mary oversaw antitrust merger investigations as a lead attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

Mary serves on the Steering Committee of GCR’s Women in Antitrust annual conference, has participated as a panelist in Women’s Competition Network and ABA Women in Deal Work events, and is a leader of the Freshfields US Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is also a HALO Champion (supporter of Freshfields’ LGBT initiative).

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Jorge Jiménez

Jorge Jiménez’s practice focuses on energy and natural resources, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and antitrust.

Jorge is a regular contributor of articles for various publications in Mexico, Europe and North America, and an active speaker on topics of energy, foreign investment and legal aspects affecting international business in Mexico.

Firm Overview:

Dentons López Velarde offers clients comprehensive resources and deep experience counselling businesses in a plethora of industries. Our team is considered one of the elite firms in the market and Mexico’s undisputed leader in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

We regularly assist clients with complex legal matters across a wide range of disciplines in the automotive, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, natural resources, and real estate sectors, as well as other key industries.

Our main practice areas include:

  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Employment and Labor
  • Energy
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Development
  • Public Procurement
  • Trade, WTO and Customs

Our combination with global law firm Dentons provides clients with access to more than 10,000 lawyers serving 75 countries. Clients benefit from quality experience in and of the communities in which they want to do business or resolve a dispute—from Canada and the United States, across Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Africa, and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Rely on our expansive capabilities in the capital city of Mexico to help you access the country’s markets or help you expand into new jurisdictions.

Legal services in Mexico are provided by Dentons López Velarde, S.C. (DLV), domiciled at Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena, 1600, 6th floor, Office B, Col. Santa Fe, Delegacion Alvaro Obregon, Federal District, Mexico. Legal services in Monterrey are provided by Dentons Lopez Velarde Monterrey, S.C., domiciled at Edificio Torrealta Av., Roble # 300 – 1202, Mexico, C.P. 66265 San Pedro Garza García, N.L.

Marcos Georgiades

Marcos Georgiades is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, a graduate of Queen Mary College of the University of London with a degree in law (LL.B.) and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree (B.C.L.) from Worcester College of Oxford University.

Before practicing in Cyprus he worked with Slaughter and May in London where he was mainly involved with corporate, stock exchange related and banking work.

He has been in practice in Cyprus since 1989. He has been engaged in drafting project financing and security documentation for local and offshore banks as well as in relation to multi currency loan facility agreements, margin account trading and obtaining of security over movable property.

He has been involved with the introduction of companies to the Cyprus Stock exchange and is experienced in conducting private and public takeovers. His skills include the establishment of sophisticated joint venture structures through the use of Cyprus vehicles and the drafting of distributorship agreements and other commercial contracts.

He is conversant with computer software licensing and has advised the licensors of the Cyprus Stock Exchange.

He has also been involved in advising on Cyprus competition law issues.

Firm Overview:

Georgiades & Pelides LLC is a leading Cypriot law firm with a broad corporate, banking, commercial and litigation practice and a distinct international focus.

The firm was formed in 1998 by the merger of Georgiades & Georgiades, one of the most successful and dynamic younger firms in Cyprus with Nicos Pelides & Co one of the longest established. The firm offers a unique blend of dynamism and experience.

The firm’s skills are particularly suited to the needs of international clients who not only demand a fast, specialized and professional service, but also practical and commercial advice. The firm is client focused and offers its clients a positive and constructive approach to fulfilling their targets and strategic objectives.

Susan A. Creighton

Susan Creighton is co-chair of the firm’s antitrust practice. Susan’s practice focuses on merger review, government conduct investigations, and antitrust litigation and counseling. Representative matters include serving as lead outside counsel for Google in the Federal Trade Commission’s search investigation of the company, and representing Netflix in connection with the Justice Department’s investigation of the proposed Comcast/TWC merger.

Susan was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Global Competition Review in 2013, and was one of The National Law Journal’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers” in 2015. She has testified before the Antitrust Modernization Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Senate on antitrust-related issues. She also has written a number of widely cited articles, including on issues related to mergers, intellectual property, and unilateral conduct.

From 2003 through the end of 2005, Susan served at the Federal Trade Commission as Director of the Bureau of Competition. From 2001 to 2003, she served as Deputy Director of the Bureau. Prior to joining the FTC, Susan wrote the white paper for Netscape that is credited with triggering the Department of Justice’s investigation and eventual suit against Microsoft for illegal monopolization.

Susan has served in a variety of leadership roles within the firm, including on the board of directors.

Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She also served as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer.

Education:

– J.D., Stanford Law School, 1984
Order of the Coif
– A.B., Harvard University, 1981
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Associations & Memberships:

– Member, Christian Legal Society
– Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association

Bar Admissions:

– Bar of the District of Columbia
– State Bar of California
– U.S. Supreme Court

Law Firm:

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm’s broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

The firm is nationally recognized for providing high-quality services to address the legal solutions required by its enterprise and financial institution clients. Our services include corporate law and governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions, tax, and employee benefits and employment law, among other areas. Our distinguished international roster of clients span a wide variety of industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy and clean technology, media and entertainment, communications, retail, and financial services.

Client service is the cornerstone of our practice, and we strive to act as strategic partners to our clients by leveraging our expertise to provide innovative, responsive, and cost-effective legal services. We understand that the law is often a means to accomplish our clients’ business objectives, and we pride ourselves on our intimate understanding of their industries and marketplaces. We also know that today’s enterprises are facing unprecedented changes in the business, regulatory, and global landscapes, and we have the knowledge and experience to help them confidently adapt to such challenges with state-of-the-art solutions.

Todd R. Seelman

Todd R. Seelman is the managing partner of the Denver and Colorado Springs offices of Lewis Brisbois. He is the national chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice and chair of the Government Investigations Practice.

Todd has more than 25 years’ experience representing clients as an advisor and in litigation involving antitrust and competition, securities and financial fraud, and related complex commercial matters. Todd has extensive experience in class actions and multi-district litigation.

For the past ten years, Todd has been an Adjunct Professor of Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Antitrust and Competition
Todd provides litigation and non-litigation strategic advice to general counsels and corporate executives to simplify the complexities of the U.S. antitrust laws. Todd advises companies on matters involving federal and state antitrust issues including: antitrust compliance programs; trade association compliance; resale pricing programs; advertised pricing programs (MSRP, MAP, and Colgate polices); pre-merger review (outside of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act); pre-merger review and government reporting (Hart-Scott-Rodino Act); messenger models and clinical integrations (healthcare); price discrimination compliance (Robinson-Patman Act); interlocking directorates and officers compliance; competitor collaborations; joint ventures; information exchanges; and labor issues (collective bargaining). Todd also represents companies in federal and state antitrust law litigation matters involving: monopolization; price-fixing; bid-rigging; market divisions; product and customer allocations; and tying.

Securities and Financial Fraud
Todd represents companies in federal and state litigation matters involving securities and financial fraud areas in the banking, mortgage, insurance, energy, and financial services industries.

Complex Commercial
Todd represents companies in federal and state litigation matters involving: financial fraud; securities; breach of contract; partnership disputes; shareholder disputes; loan disputes; construction defects; and product defects.

Client & Peer Recognition:

I have been privileged to be recognized by my clients and peers as a top-rated attorney across a wide spectrum of review platforms, including:

– Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (Antitrust and Commercial Litigation) (2008-2018)
– Rated Top Lawyer for Antitrust Law by 5280 Magazine (2015-2018)
– Rated Barrister’s Best Antitrust Lawyer by Law Week Colorado (2016-2018)
– Rated Top Antitrust Litigation Attorney by Super Lawyers ​(2017-2018)
– Rated Martindale-Hubbell Silver Client Champion (top 1% of all rated lawyers) (2017)

Admissions:

– Colorado
– Wisconsin
– U.S. Supreme Court
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
– U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
– U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
– U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Associations:

– Past Chair, Antitrust Subsection, Colorado Bar Association
– Member, Executive Council, Business Law Section, Colorado Bar Association
– Member, Pricing Conduct Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
– Member, Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
– Member, Antitrust Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
– Past President, Nonresident Lawyer Division, Wisconsin Bar Association
– Past Governor, Board of Governors, Wisconsin Bar Association
– Member, Federal Bar Association, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section
– Member, Denver Bar Association
– Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates

Education:

– Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1990

– University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Bachelor of Arts, 1986

Firm Overview:

Lewis Brisbois offers legal practice in more than 40 specialties, and a multitude of sub-specialties. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to our clients’ unique needs. Through interaction among our practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation across multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale.

At Lewis Brisbois, diversity is an integral part of our firm culture and our daily life. We accomplish diversity not by committee or initiative, but through the honest and consistent practice of hiring the best people for the job and rewarding excellence. The success of these policies is reflected in the fact that Lewis Brisbois has repeatedly received national recognition for its commitment to embracing diversity. Lewis Brisbois is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff, and demonstrates that commitment through non-discriminatory hiring, retention and promotion policies. The diversity of Lewis Brisbois’ client base is matched by the diversity of our attorneys.

With offices from Los Angeles to New York and Seattle to Miami, our attorneys reflect the communities in which they live. Lewis Brisbois’ culture has fostered a diverse group of professionals committed to promoting the best interests of our clients, our communities and the legal profession. We support diversity in communities across the nation through new and ongoing relationships with minority and women-owned businesses.

Lewis Brisbois is known for its commitment to principled advocacy, an unflinching work ethic, and unyielding recognition of our duty to provide the highest level of service to our clients, who choose us because we take the time to understand their business interests and internal culture. We have developed sophisticated proprietary risk evaluation and litigation management processes that many of our clients have incorporated into their business practices, and we help them manage and defend claims and litigation. As a result, they are avoiding and reducing losses that impact their bottom line.

Our practice includes pre-suit counseling and problem solving based on a structured and accurate analysis of likely outcome. We know our clients’ objectives are often best served by a pre-suit resolution and we are often judged by the advice and counsel we provide toward that end. However, when trial is the answer and in the client’s best interest, Lewis Brisbois brings to bear the full force of our tenacious and sophisticated litigation prowess, utilizing our nationwide network of attorneys and support staff as well as our considerable technological resources to achieve the best possible results for our clients.