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Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP


About Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

One of the top antitrust boutique firms in the country, Axinn 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 Firm of the Year – Americas (global lead counsel in its representation of Ball Corp. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Rexam), 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 Dell in their $67 billion acquisition of EMC; Thermo Fisher in their $13.2 billion acquisition of Life Technologies; Ball Corporation in their $6 billion acquisition of Rexam; and McKesson in their $3.4 billion merger with Change Healthcare. 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 have obtained: (1) a favorable Federal Circuit decision on a novel double patenting legal issue that led to a settlement that allowed for the marketing of the first generic version of Tamiflu®; (2) a multi-million dollar jury verdict in a medical device patent case involving a spinal implant; and (3) the first-ever decision by a district court ordering FDA to approve a generic version of a drug.

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. In recent years, Axinn has defeated billions of dollars in asserted liability for defendants and obtained a $375 million settlement for a plaintiff in RMBS litigation. Axinn represents many of the world’s leading hedge fund, insurers, private equity firms and mutual funds.  It has devised creative solutions for these clients that have earned them hundreds of millions of dollars through litigation-based investor strategies.  Axinn lawyers have also successfully defended these clients against class actions involving everything from insurance coverage, auction rate securities, cybersecurity, data breaches and health care financing, to cell phones, infant formula, auto parts and cable television.

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

114 West 47th Street
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 728-2200

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Matthew Becker
Hiring Attorneys: Nicholas Gaglio, Edward Mathias, and Thomas Rohback
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
50 - 100

Base Salary

New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
Summer associate: $3,653.85/week Hartford
1st year: $175,000
2nd year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,365.38/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
12 out of 12 (2Ls only) (2019)

Employment Contact

Rachel Rosado
Legal Talent Manager
(860) 275-8100

Major Office Locations

Hartford, CT
New York, NY (HQ)
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Intellectual Property