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
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name (e.g.,
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.

•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)

Awards & Recognitions
Chambers USA: District of Columbia - Antitrust (2012 - 2014)
Washington DC Super Lawyers: Antitrust Litigation (2012 - 2014)
Best Lawyers in America: Antitrust Law (2012 - 2015)
Nightingale's Healthcare News: Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer (2007 - 2009)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

•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)
•Co-author, Antitrust Hospital Merger Policy Gets a Judicial Boost - Sixth Circuit Upholds FTC Decision Challenging Hospital Merger, Antitrust Alert (04.23.2014)
•Co-author, NCAA Player Antitrust Class Action Advances to Final Round, Law360 (04.22.2014)
•Co-author, Busting Brackets: District Court Rejects NCAA's Summary Judgment Motion and Allows Student-Athletes' Suit for Publicity Compensation to March to Trial, Antitrust Alert (04.18.2014)
•FTC Continues to Target Pharmaceutical Mergers, Law360 (04.17.2014)
•Co-author, Is 4-3 the New 3-2? FTC Continues to Target Pharmaceutical Mergers, Antitrust Alert (04.16.2014)
•Co-author, FTC Wants Larger Role for Nontraditional Health Providers, Law360 (03.20.2014)
•Co-author, FTC Cautions States against Overbroad Regulation of Nurse Practitioners in Continued Effort to Promote Expanded Roles for Non-traditional Providers, Health Care Antitrust Alert (03.12.2014)
•Author, FTC Successfully Obtains Divestiture of Physician Group Previously Acquired by Hospital System, Health Care Antitrust Alert (01.30.2014)
•Co-author, FTC Announces Annual HSR Thresholds Revision, Antitrust Alert (01.17.2014)
•Co-author, Fidelity Deal Review Suggests That There is a Maverick at FTC, Law360 (01.09.2014)
•Co-author, Sixth Circuit Spoils Milk Processor's Win by Reinstating Class Action Alleging Conspiracy to Restrict Milk Supply, Antitrust Alert (01.08.2014)
•Co-author, Is There a Maverick in the House? The FTC's Resolution of the Fidelity National Financial - Lender Processing Services Deal Suggests Commissioner Wright Is One, Antitrust Alert (01.07.2014)
•Co-author, What a Difference 16 Years Can Make: FTC Approves Merger Between Office Superstore Giants Office Depot and OfficeMax, Antitrust Alert (11.05.2013)
•Co-author, A Book on Books: SDNY Issues 160-Page Opinion Declaring that Apple Violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by Conspiring to Raise E-Book Prices, Antitrust Advisory (07.15.2013)
•Co-author, Supreme Court Holds That Reverse Payment Patent Settlements Are Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny, Joint Alert: Antitrust Intellectual Property (06.21.2013)
•Co-author, Fourth Circuit Holds State Agencies Operated by Market Participants Are Private Actors for State Action Purposes, Antitrust Alert (06.11.2013)
•Co-author, Ancillary Transaction Provisions Need Antitrust Review, Law360 (04.11.2013)
•Co-author, FTC Voids Confidentiality and Non-Compete Provisions in Non-Reportable Transaction and Requires Notification of All Future Transactions, Antitrust Alert (04.05.2013)
•Co-author, Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Unforeseeability Bars Immunity Defense for Allegedly Anticompetitive Hospital Merger, Antitrust Advisory (02.21.2013)
•Co-author, FTC Issues Favorable Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion to Norman, Oklahoma PHO, Antitrust Alert (02.14.2013)
•DOJ Assistant Attorney General William Baer's First Merger Challenge Confirms Continued Aggressive Merger Enforcement by Antitrust Division, Antitrust Alert (02.04.2013)
•Co-author, DOJ Approves Greater New York Hospital Association's Proposed Gainsharing Program, Antitrust Advisory (01.29.2013)
•Co-author, FTC Announces Annual HSR Thresholds Adjustments, Antitrust Alert (01.11.2013)
•Co-author, FTC Commissioners Disagree on Limits of Section 5 Applicability to Conduct Not Otherwise Covered by Antitrust Laws, Antitrust Advisory (11.30.2012)
•Co-author, Third Circuit Upholds Finding of Antitrust Liability for Above-Cost Pricing Arrangement, Antitrust Advisory (10.18.2012)
•Co-author, Second Circuit Applies the Filed Rate Doctrine to Electricity Rates Set by Market-Based Auctions, Antitrust Advisory (10.03.2012)
•Co-author, Can a Hospital Alliance Constitute a Single Entity for Antitrust Purposes? It Depends, Says One District Court, Antitrust Advisory (09.13.2012)
•Co-author, Another Loss for the Robinson-Patman Act, Antitrust Alert (08.23.2012)
•Co-author, FTC Uses Creative Remedy to Halt Cardiology Practice Merger: Requires Suspension of Employed Physicians' Non-Compete Contracts, Antitrust Advisory (08.09.2012)
•Co-author, Case Study: Polypore V. FTC, Law360 (07.26.2012)
•Co-author, Eleventh Circuit Upholds FTC's Merger Ruling and Divestiture Order, Antitrust Advisory (07.16.2012)
•Co-author, Giving Robinson-Patman New Life in the 6th Circ., Law360 (07.06.2012)
•Co-author, En Banc Seventh Circuit Further Opens U.S. Courts to Foreign Cartel Activities That Affect Domestic Commerce, Antitrust Alert (06.29.2012)
•Co-author, Sixth Circuit Uses Some Old Supreme Court Cases To Give Robinson-Patman Act New Life, Antitrust Alert (06.27.2012)

Speaking Engagements
•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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FTC and DOJ to Host Second Public Workshop on Health Care Competition
Farrah Short,Bruce D. Sokler, February 26, 2015
Last March, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) began a public workshop series entitled, “Examining Health Care Competition.” On February 24 and 25, 2015, the FTC will physically host the second workshop in this series, co-hosted again by the Antitrust...

Tenth Circuit Affirms Class Certification and Price Fixing Verdict Against Dow Chemical
Robert G. Kidwell,Helen J. Kim,Farrah Short,Bruce D. Sokler, October 10, 2014
The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed both class certification and one of the largest verdicts issued in the U.S. this year, denying Dow Chemical Company’s (“Dow”) appeal in a price fixing case related to polyurethane products. In Re: Urethane Antitrust Litigation, No. 13-3215 (10th...

DOJ Antitrust Enforcers Take to the Bully Pulpit on Prosecuting Antitrust Crimes and Antitrust Compliance Programs
Robert G. Kidwell,Bruce D. Sokler, September 23, 2014
In recent years, antitrust criminal enforcement efforts have increased around the world. These efforts focus mainly on cartels — which the Supreme Court calls “the supreme evil of antitrust” — that conspire to fix prices, rig bids, or allocate markets. Courts have imposed...

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701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
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