Jay L. Himes
OverviewJay L. Himes is Co-Chair of the Firm's Antitrust & Competition Litigation Practice. Jay's expertise includes all facets of the antitrust landscape, including investigations and case filings, merger transactions, trial and appellate litigation, and settlement. With more than 40 years of experience in complex litigation, Jay focuses on representing plaintiffs in price-fixing class action cases, and on protecting businesses from anticompetitive activities. Jay is actively engaged in the prosecution of major antitrust class actions throughout the United States.
Jay is the 2014 recipient of the William T. Lifland Service Award, presented by the Antitrust Law Section of the New York State Bar Association for distinguished service to the section and the legal profession.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow in late 2008, Jay served as the Antitrust Bureau Chief in the New York Attorney General's office. During his nearly eight-year tenure as New York's chief antitrust official, Jay led significant, high-profile antitrust investigations and enforcement actions. These cases included: In re Buspirone Antitrust Litigation ($100 million settlement); In re Cardizem CD Antitrust Litigation ($80 million settlement); and In re Compact Disc Antitrust Litigation ($67 million settlement). Under Jay's leadership, the New York Bureau secured the two largest antitrust civil penalties recoveries ever achieved under the State's antitrust statute.
While heading the New York Antitrust Bureau, Jay was also the State's principal representative in the marathon 2001 negotiations that led to a settlement of the government's landmark monopolization case against Microsoft. Thereafter, he was a leader in the Microsoft judgment enforcement activity that continued throughout his time at the Attorney General's office.
Prior to serving in the Attorney General's office, Jay practiced complex litigation for 25 years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. There, he represented the 12 Federal Reserve Banks as plaintiffs in a price-fixing case against the nation's leading armored car companies, and defended a Revlon healthcare company in a series of price-fixing cases that spanned nearly a decade. More generally, Jay handled a wide range of litigation, including securities class actions as well as contract, construction, constitutional, entertainment, environmental, real property and tax litigation. Active in pro bono matters, Jay worked with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP and the National Coalition for the Homeless, while also representing inmate and immigration asylum clients.
Jay is a regular speaker at conferences focusing on antitrust and class actions, has authored many articles on related issues, and recently co-authored a book entitled Concurrent Antitrust Criminal and Civil Proceedings: Identifying Problems and Planning for Success. He is also a member of the U.S. Advisory Board of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies, the advisory board of the BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Reporter and the editorial advisory group of the Antitrust Chronicle.
Jay is the past-chair of the Antitrust Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and co-chairs the antitrust committee of the State Bar's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. He is also a member of antitrust, litigation, information technology and intellectual property groups in the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Jay graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as the Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. After graduating from law school, he also pursued independent study at Oxford University in England.
Jay has received a rating of AV Preeminent from the publishers of the Martindale-Hubbell directory.