Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP


One of the top antitrust boutique firms in the country, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity. Three is the magic number for this firm: three practice areas in Antitrust, Intellectual Property, and Litigation, and three locations in New York, Hartford, and Washington, D.C. Yet the settlements it negotiates far exceed the single digits: the firm attained an all-cash merger of $41 billion-the largest in history.

From Big to Small   

Downsizing isn't always a bad thing. Three (there it is again) former Skadden lawyers-Stephen M. Axinn,  head of the antitrust and trade regulation practice at Skadden, James D. Veltrop and Jonathan Harkrider-decided to leave BigLaw and start their own boutique in 1997. The eponymous AVH quickly rose to the ranks of the big firms, winning clients the likes of eBay, Bloomberg, Google, Forbes, Wendy's/Arby's, UBS Financial Services, Omnicare and Affinia and making lists like Chambers' best New York firms for Antitrust and Connecticut firms for Litigation, and The National Law Journal's "Mid-size Hot List."

…But Not too Small

AVH has played a starring role in many news-making cases. The firm, along with Debevoise & Plimpton, represented Syncora Guarantee Inc., a major bond insurer, in its litigation against Bank of America. The lawsuit, involving residential mortgage-backed securities claims issued by the Bank's subsidiary, Countrywide Financial Corporation, eventually reached a $375 million settlement. AVH also served as co-lead antitrust counsel to Google's $700 million acquisition of flight data provider ITA Software, Inc. Name partner Harkrider and a team of four other attorneys counseled Google during the U.S. Department of Justice's extensive investigation of plaintiff claims that the search giant misused its essential monopoly in the web search market. AVH and Google go way back: Harkrider also oversaw Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.


The firm boasts an FDA Practice, and regularly defends clients like Genzyme, Pfizer and Omnicare through both litigation and Citizen Petitions in generic drug marketing, development and FDA approval and certification. Its attorneys specialize in negotiating the Hatch-Waxman Act, which regulates competition between generic and brand drugs, for generic drug developers against patent infringement lawsuits by brand developers. The practice's other significant areas of expertise include obtaining certification for Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) and providing patent prosecution, counseling and licensure in the biotechnology, genomics, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. 

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Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

114 West 47th Street
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.728.2200
Fax: 212.728.2201


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: James D. Veltrop
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 60

  • Employment Contact

    Rachel Rosado
    Legal Recruiting Manager
    Hartford, CT 06103
    Phone: (860) 275-8100

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Intellectual Property

Major Office Locations

  • Hartford, CT
  • New York, NY
  • Washington, DC

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