US: Kirkland & Ellis make triple hire in antitrust practice

Olivia Adendorff, Richard Cunningham, and Sean Royall, a trio of partners from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, are the latest new additions to Kirkland & Ellis’s antitrust and consumer protection practice.

Adendorff and Cunningham have joined Kirkland after spending nine and six years, respectively, at Gibson, while Royall is serving a transition period at Gibson before making the official move.

Together, the three have experience of managing Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, including merger clearance, anticompetitive practices, advertising and marketing compliance, and data security and privacy. Kirkland has made the triple hire subsequent to the 2018 launch of its Dallas office. 

It is there that Adendroff will permanently be based and where Royall will split his time with the Washington, DC, office, while Cunningham will also split time between Washington and the West Coast offices. Each addition has experience in handling litigation practices in a range of United States courts. Royall and Adendorff, specifically, were involved in Facebook’s privacy-related FTC investigation, with Royall acting as lead lawyer for Facebook, and Adendorff playing an advisory role. 

Adendorff also won an antitrust-based false claim act for pharmaceutical giant Sanofi in the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit, a case which involved American company Amphastar Pharmaceuticals.

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