Alfred C. Pfeiffer, Jr. is a member and former Global Vice Chair of Latham’s Litigation & Trial Department and is former Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust & Competition Practice. He has extensive experience in civil antitrust cases, civil and criminal government antitrust investigations, and other competition-related commercial cases.
With more than 30 years of antitrust trial experience covering numerous industries, Mr. Pfeiffer has a wide range of practical experience, having won numerous trials, arbitrations, summary judgments and appeals in antitrust, communications, and other complex cases. He has developed a particular focus on claims involving dominant firm conduct and the information technologies and telecommunications arenas. Mr. Pfeiffer also advises companies regarding the antitrust aspects of acquisitions, joint ventures, and distribution agreements. He has successfully represented clients involved in investigations conducted by the US Department of Justice and the California Attorney General.
Alfred Pfeiffer is a "fine lawyer" with "great instincts" according to market commentators. He works with clients on sophisticated antitrust matters related to large acquisitions and joint ventures (Chambers USA 2018).
Mr. Pfeiffer has been recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer in legal guides such as Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US, and was recently named a Mover and Shaker by The Deal. In 2011, he was a Finalist for Global Competition Review's Lawyer of the Year Award. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America survey in the Antitrust Law category every year since 2008, and was named the Best Lawyers San Francisco Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012. Mr. Pfeiffer was also named Antitrust MVP by Law360 (2011) and a Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine (2000). Additionally, Mr. Pfeiffer is a board member at the East Bay Community Law Center.
Mr. Pfeiffer's representative matters include defending:
- Cox Communications in In re Cox Enterprises Inc. Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation, an antitrust tying trial related to the lease of set-top cable boxes — following trial, a federal judge granted Cox's post-verdict Rule 50 motion and entered a defense judgment in favor of Cox
- Lundbeck Inc. (formerly Ovation Pharmaceuticals) in FTC v. Lundbeck, a successful defense of a government challenge to a consummated merger, in which the government sought both divestiture and over US$100 million in disgorgement, resulting in a complete defense verdict at trial, subsequently affirmed by the 8th Circuit
- Eaton Electric in Nationwide Power Solutions v. Eaton, a Section 2 attempted monopolization case involving aftermarket theories, resulting in a substantial summary judgment victory for the client
- The Radio Music License Committee in successful antitrust litigation against SESAC, a performing rights organization, that resulted in a settlement establishing binding rate regulation for the radio industry
- A California state agency in a confidential arbitration against a power conglomerate relating to manipulative conduct during the California energy crisis, resulting in a US$75 million arbitration award in the client’s favor*
- Covad Communications in groundbreaking antitrust and Telecommunications Act litigation against Pacific Bell, resulting in an award of US$27.5 million in damages to Covad, and subsequently in a US$750 million business deal settling the dispute*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham