About 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, DC.

From Big to Small  

Axinn was founded in 1997 by three lawyers from Skadden Arps, including Steve Axinn, the founder and chairman of Skadden's antitrust department. They quickly attracted a select group of the finest lawyers from other preeminent firms in three practice areas--antitrust, intellectual property and high-stakes corporate litigation--all experienced and successful in achieving their clients' strategic objectives in a trial setting, government regulatory setting or a negotiated or mediated setting. Notwithstanding its boutique size, Axinn is called upon to handle its clients' largest and most strategically important matters.

…But Not too Small

Axinn quickly rose to the ranks of the big firms, winning clients such as Google, Thermo Fisher, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Tyson, Ball, Hexcel, Silver Lake Partners, The Hartford, over a dozen major pharmaceutical companies and over a dozen institutional investors. Axinn also is on lists such as Chambers' best New York firms for Antitrust and Connecticut firms for Litigation, and The National Law Journal's "Mid-size Hot List." Global Competition Review has recognized Axinn for its most prestigious awards in recent years, including Matter of the Year (representing Google in the FTC's investigation of Google and Motorola), Merger Control Matter of the Year (representing Google in its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software) and Lawyer of the Year (John Harkrider).

Stop the Presses

Axinn has played a starring role in many news-making cases. The antitrust group recently represented Google in the FTC's investigation of the competitive impact of SEPs and Thermo Fisher in its $13.2 billion acquisition of Life Technologies. It currently represents Independence Blue Cross in perhaps the largest private treble damage class action in the United States. Axinn also oversaw Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

The antitrust group isn't Axinn's only headline maker. The firm's IP group successfully tried and won a multi-million dollar patent dispute over spinal implant devices on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and took to trial a multi-billion dollar patent dispute with Pfizer, which favorably settled after two weeks of trial during which Axinn excluded expert testimony and impeached various witnesses.

Axinn also represents clients in high-stakes corporate and other commercial litigation. The firm has litigated and tried numerous major cases in the financial services industry, including the representation of insurance companies and other institutional investors regarding investment products such as mortgage-backed securities.  

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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 Veltrop
  • Hiring Attorneys: Jeremy Lowe and Daniel Bitton
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 60

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,076.92/week
    Hartford, CT
    1st year: $150,000
    Summer associate: $2,884.60/week
    Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,076.92/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    3 out of 3 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Intellectual Property

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Hartford, CT
  • Washington, DC