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

• 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 both antitrust and 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, 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. He has extensive experience in cable television matters, and his clients include Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., National Cable Telecommunications Association, Insight Communications, CTAM, C-SPAN, Bright House Networks, the Weather Channel, and others. 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 theGeorgetown 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.


• 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 inQ&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)

Recognitions & Awards

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

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: Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $2.7 billion acquisition of Longs Drugs; Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $27 billion acquisition of Caremark; 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 recent merger with Saints Medical Center; Represented CVS Caremark in In re CVS Caremark, Inc., Docket No. C-4357 (FTC 2012); Represented a large health care system in a parallel DOJ Antitrust Division and State Attorney General investigation; 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. B ell 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); FCC children's television rulemaking: represented Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and AOL in FCC proceeding; Verizon/MCI: represented Bright House Networks in DOJ and FCC reviews of merger; FCC retransmission consent regulations: represented Coalition for Retransmission Consent Reform in FCC regulatory proceedings; 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)

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No Bones About It: Tenth Circuit Permits Narrowest Market Definition and Raises the Bar for an Entry Defense When Reinstating Monopolization Suit
Robert G. Kidwell,Dionne C. Lomax,Farrah Short,Bruce D. Sokler, August 15, 2014
On August 5, 2014, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated claims of monopolization and attempted monopolization under Section 2 of the Sherman Act brought by a manufacturer of surgical bone mills against a competitor. In reversing the district court's grant of summary judgment for the...

An Update from the Federal Trade Commission
Helen J. Kim,Bruce D. Sokler, July 2, 2014
The interplay between the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and antitrust has been a matter of great moment for several years. It has been an issue in litigation such as the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) St. Luke’s case. Recently, in a conference,...

Federal Trade Commission Extends In re Polygram’s “Inherently Suspect” Anticompetitive Analysis to Endorsements
Helen J. Kim,Bruce D. Sokler, June 10, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) recent settlement with ski manufacturers Marker Volkl (International) GmbH (“Marker Volkl”) and Tecnica S.p.A. (“Tecnica”) continues to expand the scope of “inherently suspect” business practices under In...

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


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