Bruce D. Sokler: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Bruce D. Sokler


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Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Health Care Antitrust
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Antitrust
  • Telecommunications Antitrust
  • Litigation
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Communications
  • Cable & Broadband
  • Health Care
  • Technology
  • Communications & Media
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.434.7303
Fax: 202-434-7400
University Princeton University, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolGeorgetown University, J.D., 1974
Admitted1975, District of Columbia; 1984, Massachusetts

Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
•Member, Federal Communications Bar Association


Bruce is Chair of the Antitrust Section and in his over 30 years in private practice, he has developed extensive experience in a broad range of antitrust matters, as well as communications regulation, including associated First Amendment and copyright law matters.

In the antitrust area, Bruce's practice includes antitrust counseling and representation in connection with federal and state governmental matters, as well as private antitrust litigation. He counsels and has represented Fortune 100 companies, not-for-profits, start-up entities, trade associations and domestic and international joint ventures. Bruce has been involved in antitrust matters spanning a broad range of industries, but has particularly deep experience in the communications, health care, and retail industries.

In the communications area, Bruce counsels and represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts in a wide variety of matters, including rulemakings and their judicial review, constitutional issues raised by FCC actions, and merger reviews. Bruce has also represented copyright users in proceedings in the Southern District of New York and before arbitration entities established under the Copyright Act to establish copyright royalties.

Bruce served as the Managing Member for the firm's Washington, DC office from 1989 to 2001, and served on the firm's Executive Committee from 1989 to 2002.

During law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following his graduation from Georgetown, Bruce served as law clerk to Judge Edward Allen Tamm of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

• Quoted in 3 Takeaways from FTC's Victory In Sysco Merger Challenge, Law360 (06.29.2015)
• Quoted in Synergy/Steris: FTC Faces Significant Burden Proving 'Actual Competition' Theory, Attorneys Say, PaRR (06.24.2015)
• Fifty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2015 Guide, (05.19.2015)
• Twelve Mintz Levin Attorneys Named Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (04.17.2015)
• Sixty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015 Edition, (08.18.2014)
• Fifty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2014 Guide, (05.23.2014)
• Eleven Mintz Levin Attorneys Named Washington, DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (04.25.2014)
• Sixty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Edition, (08.15.2013)
• Mintz Levin's Wins Significant Antitrust Case for C-SPAN, (06.10.2013)
• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2013 Guide, (05.24.2013)
• Nine Mintz Levin Members Named Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (04.29.2013)
• Featured in Q&A with Bruce Sokler, Law360 (04.10.2013)
• Mintz Levin Advises on Top Greentech Deal of 2012, (01.08.2013)
• Sixty Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 Edition, (08.24.2012)
• Mintz Levin Attorney Bruce D. Sokler to Speak at Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, (08.08.2012)
• Mintz Levin Represents Lowell General Hospital in Merger with Saints Medical Center, (07.10.2012)
• Mintz Levin Attorney Bruce D. Sokler Featured in Chambers USA 2012 Guide, (06.21.2012)
• Forty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2012 Guide, (06.07.2012)
• Mintz Levin's Energy and Clean Technology Practice Represents GreatPoint Energy in $1.25 Billion Joint Venture, (06.04.2012)
• Five Mintz Levin Members Named Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, (04.30.2012)
• Forty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Edition, (09.06.2011)
• Bruce Sokler Named Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News for Third Consecutive Year, (01.07.2010)
• Mintz Levin Files Suit Against HUD on Behalf of Mississippi Residents Still Homeless Three Years After Katrina, (01.08.2009)
• Mintz Levin Advises CVS Corporation on its Acquisition of Caremark Rx, Inc., (03.28.2007)
• Mintz Levin Advises CVS Caremark Corporation on its Acquisition of Longs Drugs Stores, (11.06.2006)

• Co-author, West Virginia AG Clears Merger Creating Second Largest Hospital Chain in the State with Conduct Remedy, Health Care Antitrust Alert (08.03.2015)
• Co-author, EU Court Clarifies the Conditions Under Which Assertion of Standard-Essential Patents May Constitute Abuse of Market Dominance, Intellectual Property Alert (07.23.2015)

Speaking Engagements
• Moderator, Health Care Antitrust Trends In 2015: What Is the Government Really Up To?, Mintz Levin, Webinar (04.23.2015)
• Speaker, The Direction and Economic Impact of Health Care Reform Post the Supreme Court Decision, 2012 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Maui, HI (08.13.2012)

Recognitions & Awards
Chambers USA: District of Columbia - Antitrust (2012 - 2015)
Washington DC Super Lawyers: Antitrust Litigation (2012 - 2015)
Best Lawyers in America: Antitrust Law (2012 - 2015)
Nightingale's Healthcare News: Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer (2007 - 2009)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Mergers; Represented Partners Healthcare in connection with its acquisitions of three community hospitals and a large physician group; Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $27 billion acquisition of Caremark; Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $2.7 billion acquisition of Longs Drugs Represented Qiagen in the antitrust aspects of its $1.5 billion acquisition of Digene; Represented a cable company in the first successful FTC clearance of the acquisition of an overbuilt cable system; Represented Lowell General Hospital in its merger with Saints Medical Center

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Investment Fund Violates “Investment-Only” HSR Exemption
Robert G. Kidwell,Dionne C. Lomax,Farrah Short,Bruce D. Sokler, August 27, 2015
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed this week in federal court a proposed settlement to charges that an investment fund violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,...

Another FTC Conduct Case to Bolster Generic Drug Competition: Pharmaceuticals Charged with Illegal Non-Compete for Generic ADHD Drug Sales
Farrah Short,Bruce D. Sokler, August 20, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) ever-expanding list of enforcement actions to preserve competition for generic pharmaceuticals just grew in a new direction. This week, two generic pharmaceutical companies entered into a Consent Order with the FTC...

Ninth Circuit Upholds Judge Robart’s RAND Determinations in Microsoft v. Motorola
Sandra J. Badin,Richard G. Gervase,Michael T. Renaud,Bruce D. Sokler, August 17, 2015
Late last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its much-anticipated decision in Microsoft v. Motorola, a breach of contract action brought by Microsoft alleging that Motorola violated its commitment to license its standard essential patents (SEPs) on reasonable and non-discriminatory...

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Bruce D. Sokler

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20004-2608


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