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Robert A. Lipstein

Retired Partner

Rob Lipstein is a retired partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust & Competition, International Trade, and Intellectual Property groups. As past chair of the firm's Finance and Contingent Fee Review Committees, Rob spearheaded the firm's value-based billing and legal project management initiatives, working across practice areas to craft and implement a wide range of alternative fee agreements, and to train the law firm on implementation of LPM.   

Beginning in 1978, Rob counseled clients on all aspects of antitrust and trade regulation issues, with particular experience on mergers and acquisitions, including pre-merger notification and pre-merger integration planning procedures; product distribution; and the interaction of antitrust and intellectual property laws. Rob worked extensively with companies in the aerospace, telecommunications, chemicals, industrial gases, hazardous waste, consumer electronics, and musical instruments industries. Rob was the architect of distributor and dealer agreements that have become the standards in several industries, and has assisted companies to establish and enforce unilateral Minimum Advertised Price and Minimum Retail Price policies.

Rob was recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer who is "highly regarded for his litigation skills, as well as his skill in guiding clients through FTC investigations." He was also recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer in International Law & International Trade" by The Asian Lawyer and Focus Europe. Rob was named by his peers for more than 11 consecutive years as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of International Trade and Finance Law. He was named in Best Lawyers in the area of Antitrust Law and was featured in the 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2011 Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers. Global Competition Review named Rob to their "2013 International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists" list. Additionally, Rob was recognized by peers in Best Lawyers, District of Columbia, as well as by Super Lawyers in the area of Antitrust Litigation.

Rob regularly counseled and represented clients before the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the DOJ regarding mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, competitor collaborations, and compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Transactions included representing Clean Harbors in its $1.25 billion acquisition of Safety-Kleen, United Technologies Corporation in its $16.4 billion purchase of Goodrich Corporation, AT&T in its proposed $39 billion purchase of T- Mobile, Reed Elsevier Group plc in connection with its $544 million purchase of Accuity, its $4 billion purchase of ChoicePoint, Inc., its $4 billion sale of Harcourt Education Group, and its $950 million sale of Harcourt Assessment, Inc., as well as SBC in its $16 billion acquisition of AT&T, and AT&T in its $86 billion acquisition of Bell South. Rob also represented Yamaha Corporation of America in the FTC's investigation into MAP prices for musical instruments, and follow-on civil litigation, In Re Musical Instruments.

In addition to his M&A and distribution focus, Rob counseled clients operating at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property laws, advising leading technology companies and patent pool administrators on antitrust issues. And with over thirty years of trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation experience, Rob also assisted clients to protect their valuable intellectual property rights, and to enforce those rights against misuse, particularly on the Internet.

Rob also represented clients in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews before the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission, as well as the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He wrote several commentaries on the antidumping law, and on the interaction of the antidumping and antitrust laws, and spoke on international panels on these topics.

Rob graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1975 and obtained his law degree in 1978 from Stanford Law School, where he was associate managing editor of the Stanford Law Review. Rob is a fifth degree black belt in taekwondo.


  • Stanford University, B.A. economics (1975) with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Stanford Law School, J.D. (1978)


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"Corporate Counsel Litigation Forum: Strategies & Trends in Effective Value-Based Billing," Crowell & Moring's Corporate Counsel Litigation Forum Webinar Series (June 23, 2015). Moderator: Jerome A. Murphy; Panelists: Robert A. Lipstein, Matthew Laws, Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, and Justin Ergler.
"Qualcomm's $975 Million China Settlement: Is NDRC Righting Antitrust Wrongs, or Building Industrial Policy?," Antitrust Law Alert (February 13, 2015). Contacts: Mark A. Klapow, Robert A. Lipstein, Olivier N. Antoine
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"Justice Department Will Not Challenge Revised IEEE Standards Patent Policy," Antitrust Law Alert (February 5, 2015). Contacts: Robert A. Lipstein, Mark A. Klapow
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Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100" (January 22, 2015)
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"Genuine Product Improvement Not Monopolization, California Jury Finds in Closely Watched Apple iPod Trial," Antitrust Law Alert (December 17, 2014). Contacts: Robert A. Lipstein, Mark A. Klapow
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"FTC Invokes "Deception" Authority Under Section 5 to Try to Curb "Patent Troll" Behavior," Antitrust Law Alert (November 12, 2014). Contacts: Robert A. Lipstein, Mark A. Klapow, Kathryn L. Clune
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