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
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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.

Government Investigations (publically disclosable)
•Represented CVS Caremark in In re CVS Caremark, Inc., Docket No. C-4357 (FTC 2012)
•Represented a Partners Healthcare System in parallel DOJ Antitrust Division and State Attorney General investigations

Representative Litigations
•In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2574 (counsel for AVX)
•Sky Angel v. C-SPAN (D.D.C. 2014 (counsel for C-SPAN, antitrust case resolved on motion to dismiss)
•In re Cox Communications, Inc. Set Top Box Antitrust Litigation, 2011 WL 6826813 (W.D. Okl. Dec. 28, 2011) (counsel for Cox)
Covad Communications Co. v. Bell Atlantic Corp., 398 F.3rd 666 (D.C. Cir. 2005) (counsel for Covad)
Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 373 F.3d 57 (1st Cir. 2004) (counsel for CVS) (obtained directed verdict at close of plaintiffs' case in jury trial)
Jung v. Association of American Medical Colleges, 339 F.Supp.2d 26 (D.D.C. 2004), aff'd, (D.C. Cir. 2006) (unpublished opinion), cert. denied, ___U.S. ____ (2007) (counsel for Massachusetts General Hospital)
C-SPAN-FCC, 531 F.3rd 105 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (counsel for C-SPAN)
Quest Services Corp v. FCC, 398 F.3rd 666 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (counsel for iBasis)
Covad Communications Co. v. FCC, 450 F.3rd 528 (D.C. Cir. 2006) (counsel for Covad)
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, 520 U.S. 180 (1997) and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, 512 U.S. 622 (1994) (counsel for Turner)

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

•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, Supreme Court Upholds Brulotte Rule Prohibiting Post-Expiration Patent Royalties, Intellectual Property Alert (06.23.2015)
•Author, Camels and Dogs, Oh My!
Defendant Documents Doom Health Provider Trade Association and Insurers' Motion to Dismiss Antitrust Suit, Health Care Antitrust Alert (06.22.2015)
•Co-author, FTC Cleared Cigarette Merger Despite Anti-Smoking Agenda, Law360 (06.18.2015)
•Co-author, Second Circuit Holds a Hard Switch Between Drugs Is an Unlawful Product Hop Under Section 2, Antitrust Intellectual Property Alert (06.04.2015)
•Co-author, Harm to Potential Competition Triggers FTC Merger Challenge, Antitrust Alert (06.02.2015)
•Co-author, A Split FTC Accepts Fix-It-First Divestiture Remedy for Cigarette Merger, Antitrust Alert (05.28.2015)
•Co-author, Antitrust Scrutiny for Licensed Occupations: A Way Forward, Competition Policy International (04.27.2015)
•Co-author, FTC Flushes McWane in a Big Eleventh Circuit Exclusive Dealing Win, Antitrust Alert (04.22.2015)
•Co-author, 11th Circ. Exclusive Dealing Decision Is Big Win for FTC, Law360 (04.22.2015)
•Co-author, FTC Settles Radioactive Allegations Against Cardinal Health with a Near Record-Breaking Disgorgement Agreement, Health Care Antitrust Alert (04.21.2015)
•Co-author, Hospital Wins First Round Against Largest Rival in Antitrust Suit Alleging Illegal Exclusive Dealing Agreements with Insurers, Health Care Antitrust Alert (03.30.2015)
•Co-author, FTC Looks to Accelerate Oncology Drug Growth by Requiring Novartis to Divest Two Protein Inhibitors in Its Clinical Development Pipeline, Antitrust Alert (02.27.2015)
•No Active State Supervision, No Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina State Dental Board, Antitrust Alert (02.26.2015)
•Co-author, DOJ Releases Electrifying New Guidance on Standard-Essential Patent Policy, Antitrust Alert (02.11.2015)
•Co-author, Ninth Circuit Affirms FTC's Challenge to Hospital-Physician Group Merger, While Rejecting Efficiencies and Health Care Quality Arguments, Health Care Antitrust Alert (02.11.2015)
•Co-author, FTC and DOJ to Host Second Public Workshop on Health Care Competition, Antitrust Alert (01.26.2015)
•Co-author, FTC Announces Annual Revision to HSR Jurisdictional Thresholds, Antitrust Alert (01.15.2015)
•Co-author, Tenth Circuit Affirms Class Certification and Price Fixing Verdict Against Dow Chemical, Antitrust Advisory (10.06.2014)
•Co-author, DOJ Antitrust Enforcers Take to the Bully Pulpit on Prosecuting Antitrust Crimes and Antitrust Compliance Programs, Antitrust Alert (09.12.2014)
•Co-author, Medtronic Ruling Creates Hurdles for Antitrust Defendants, Law360 (08.14.2014)
•Co-author, No Bones About It: Tenth Circuit Permits Narrowest Market Definition and Raises the Bar for an Entry Defense When Reinstating Monopolization Suit, Antitrust Alert (08.11.2014)
•Co-author, FTC Provides Useful Update On Antitrust And Health Care, Law360 (07.02.2014)
•Co-author, Antitrust and Health Care: An Update from the Federal Trade Commission, Antitrust Alert (06.24.2014)
•Co-author, DOJ Revisits Music Royalty Consent Decrees, Antitrust Alert (06.05.2014)
•Co-author, Federal Trade Commission Extends In re Polygram's “Inherently Suspect” Anticompetitive Analysis to Endorsements, Antitrust Alert (05.28.2014)

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)

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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Second Circuit Continues the Ebook Saga by Affirming Apple’s Role in an Unlawful Price Fixing Conspiracy
Timothy J. Slattery,Bruce D. Sokler, July 14, 2015
On June 30, 2015, the same day as the launch of Apple’s new streaming music service, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals coincidentally affirmed a district court ruling that Apple conspired with five of the country’s largest book publishers to fix prices for ebooks and coerce Amazon to...

Divestiture Offer Fails to Save Merger Where FTC Wins on Market Definition Based on Customer Type
Farrah Short,Bruce D. Sokler, July 13, 2015
Eighteen months after the deal was first announced, Sysco Corporation (“Sysco”) and US Foods, Inc. (“USF”) abandoned their $3.5 billion merger following the Federal Trade Commission’s (the “FTC” or “Commission”) decisive victory in obtaining a...

Camels and Dogs, Oh My! Defendant Documents Doom Health Provider Trade Association and Insurers’ Motion to Dismiss Antitrust Suit
Farrah Short,Bruce D. Sokler, June 26, 2015
Over two and one-half years after it was initially filed, an antitrust suit brought by plaintiff ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”) against health insurers and a trade association of competing health systems is finally moving forward. The District Court found that plaintiffs plausibly...

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


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