Ronald F. Wick focuses his practice on litigation concerning trade regulation, antitrust, and commercial disputes. He has represented clients at the Federal Trade Commission, in the courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and in federal courts across the country. In addition to his litigation practice, Ron advises clients on antitrust compliance, pricing discrimination, premerger notification issues, and other compliance issues.

Ron’s trade regulation practice encompasses a variety of areas. He has defended clients against allegations of price-fixing and attempted monopolization under the Sherman Act, price discrimination under the Robinson-Patman Act, and unfair competition and false and deceptive advertising under the Federal Trade Commission Act. He regularly advises and represents clients contemplating mergers and acquisitions, including by handling premerger notification filings with the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department  of Justice under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and by working with both agencies to resolve potential antitrust issues arising out of mergers,  acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Ron regularly assists corporate clients in developing antitrust compliance policies, forming joint ventures, and evaluating sales and marketing initiatives for compliance with the antitrust laws. He is also experienced in counseling and representing trade associations.

In addition to his antitrust practice, Ron has litigated a variety of commercial disputes in state and federal courts. His litigation experience includes matters as varied as commercial asset-based lending arrangements, obstetric malpractice, insurance disputes, a challenge to federal higher education regulations, the attempted attachment of assets of a foreign government, and litigation under the False Claims Act.  He has litigated cases in a broad range of areas, including intercollegiate athletics, medical equipment, longshore labor, public utilities, international shipping, and aftermarket auto parts.

Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Ron was a Partner in Cozen O’Connor’s  Washington, D.C. office.  Ron received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

Ron is actively involved in the ABA Antitrust Law Section and currently serves in its leadership. He has been named one of Washington, D.C.’s Super Lawyers each year since 2017.

Ronald F. Wick focuses his practice on litigation concerning trade regulation, antitrust, and commercial disputes. He has represented clients at the Federal Trade Commission,…

Education

Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1992); Cornell University (A.B., 1986).

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia; State of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, Eastern District of Michigan, and Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits

Activities and Affiliations

Vice Chair, American Bar Association (Antitrust Section, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee)

Antitrust Litigation

Obtained jury verdict and affirmance on appeal for aftermarket auto parts retailer against allegations that it unlawfully induced discriminatory pricing in violation of the Robinson-Patman Act.

Obtained dismissal of antitrust complaint against a multi-employer collective bargaining association alleging that collective bargaining agreement unlawfully excluded nonsignatories from the market, including dismissal of allegations pending against co-defendant for more than two years before joinder of client.

Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal on behalf of a Puerto Rican newspaper and its subsidiary in a lawsuit that alleged an unlawful tying arrangement involving advertising and commercial printing markets.

Defended airline in an antitrust class action brought by travel agents alleging conspiracy to fix travel agent commissions.

Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal for major auto glass manufacturer against competitor’s allegations of a conspiracy to control the auto glass market and exclude competition.

Represented an asphalt manufacturer in a lawsuit against two competing road paving contractors that alleged bid rigging and unfair competition in violation of California antitrust and unfair competition laws as well as libel, product disparagement, and Lanham Act claims.

Obtained dismissal of trade organization from lawsuit alleging conspiracy to depress demand for aluminum worldwide.

Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal for a Canadian potash producer against allegations of a price fixing conspiracy.

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Antitrust Transactions

Regularly advise clients regarding potential antitrust implications of proposed mergers and acquisitions and have filed dozens of pre-merger notifications with the FTC and DOJ under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, including:

  • Represented a leading producer of hybrid seed corn in acquisition by major chemical conglomerate.
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of overhead doors in acquisition by a competitor.
  • Represented a leading paper and packaging manufacturer in a DOJ nvestigation of a joint venture with a competitor.
  • Represented a leading cable television network as a third-party witness in the DOJ’s investigation of AT&T’s acquisition of MediaOne.
  • Represented a regional drugstore chain in FTC investigation of acquisition by national competitor.

Antitrust Counseling

Regularly draft and implement antitrust compliance programs and provide antitrust compliance training for companies.

Regularly provide antitrust advice to a wide variety of clients regarding distributor and resale pricing, price discrimination, bundled and discounted pricing, potential mergers and joint ventures, collaborations and communications with competitors, and other issues with antitrust implications.

Served as outside antitrust counsel and provided antitrust advice to a wide variety of trade associations in industries including vertical lift, metals, household cleaning products, financial services, concrete pavement, and residential construction.

Commercial Litigation

Obtained defense verdict at trial on behalf of a commercial asset-based lending company in a lawsuit brought by another creditor of the same law firm debtor alleging improper debt collection.

Represented an association of trade and vocational schools in a challenge to Department of Education regulations regarding federal funding for career schools.

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of a health insurance company in a lawsuit brought by a policyholder alleging improper failure to pay.

Represented an international manufacturer of transit buses in civil False Claims Act litigation regarding allegations of falsified customs records.

Represented a major metropolitan daily newspaper in a censure proceeding by a leading association of public opinion researchers, persuading it to close its investigation.

Represented industrial goods company in International Trade Commission anti-dumping proceeding regarding forklifts and other heavy industrial materials.

Defended a non-profit corporation in a lawsuit under the Colorado RICO and other state statutes regarding ownership and valuation of a golf resort.

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We are pleased to announce that 33 of our New York and Washington D.C.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also selected C&G co-founder Mark S Cohen and partners Jonathan S Abernethy and Daniel H Tabak to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg to its list of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.
We are pleased to announce that thirty of our New York and Washington, D.C.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also selected C&G co-founders Mark S Cohen and Lawrence T Gresser to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald as two of its top 50 women lawyers in New York. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.
Cohen & Gresser helped achieve a precedent-setting ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Jerry Reeves v. Fayette SCI, et al. (No. 17-1043), that clears the way for wrongfully convicted defendants to seek federal habeas relief where their trial counsel failed to present credible evidence of their actual innocence. There is a split among federal circuit courts over what type of “new evidence” of actual innocence is required before courts can consider the merits of untimely habeas corpus petitions that allege constitutional violations.  Some circuits consider evidence only if it is newly discovered after trial, while others permit evidence available at the time of the trial that defense counsel failed to present. The Third Circuit had not weighed in on the issue. Cohen & Gresser filed a pro bono amici curiae brief on behalf of the Innocence Network and the Innocence Project of Pennsylvania urging the Third Circuit to adopt the broader newly presented standard, because the narrower newly discovered evidence standard would cut off a pathway to exoneration for innocent individuals whose attorneys failed to present exculpatory evidence at trial. In a precedential decision on July 23, 2018, the Third Circuit agreed, vacating the denial of Mr. Reeves’ habeas petition and instructing the district court on remand to consider his newly presented exculpatory evidence.
Twenty-eight of our New York and Washington D.C.-based Cohen & Gresser attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also named C&G co-founding partner Mark S Cohen to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald to its top 50 women lawyers in New York list. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.

In this C&G Client Alert, Melissa H Maxman, Ronald F Wick, Erica Lai, and Danielle Morello discuss the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) announcement that it will now consider crediting companies for “robust” compliance programs at the charging stage of criminal antitrust investigations. This signals a reversal of the DOJ’s longstanding policy of allowing substantial penalty reductions only for “early-in” whistleblowers.

Ronald F Wick discusses the implications of the Federal Trade Commission's plans to create a new task force focused on monitoring competition in U.S. technology markets in his latest C&G Client Alert

For nearly a century, resale price maintenance was a per se antitrust violation. Then, on June 28, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the legality of RPM should be determined on a case-by-case basis under the rule of reason. Now that a decade has passed since the landmark ruling in Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc., this article examines its impact.

Ron Wick moderated this second installment in the Civil Practice & Procedure Committee's Class Action Series, which offered insights into best practices in presenting and rebutting economic evidence, including retaining and working with experts; tactical considerations and evidentiary issues unique to class actions; and the impact of the Supreme Court's most recent class certification decisions on antitrust class actions.