Portrait of
Named as a
National Law Journal 2015
Mergers & Acquisitions and
Antitrust Trailblazer

Government Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice: Antitrust Division—Trial Attorney (1984-1987)

Education

  • Binghamton University (State University of New York), B.A. economics and English Phi Beta Kappa
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1984) cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York




Kent A. Gardiner, Partner Washington, D.C.
kgardiner@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2578
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Kent Gardiner is chair of Crowell & Moring’s Litigation & Trial Department, a member of the Management Board, and the former chair of the firm. Kent’s practice focuses on antitrust and other complex litigation, including class actions, antitrust/intellectual property cases, and multi-district litigation.

A former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney, Kent has led the defense of high-profile cartel investigations and antitrust litigation for matters involving railroads, airlines, high-tech companies, and major manufacturers. Kent also devotes a considerable portion of his practice to counseling and training companies on reducing antitrust and other litigation risks.

Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading antitrust lawyer, Kent was cited for knowing “how to take a hard line when need be, but . . . equally savvy at reaching settlements using diplomacy.” He was named in The National Law Journal’s list of Antitrust “Trailblazers & Pioneers” for pioneering approaches to bringing antitrust recovery actions on behalf of corporate clients that have been injured by pricing overcharges or other fraudulent conduct. In this practice, Kent has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for major corporations and has helped dozens of in-house legal departments create comprehensive recovery programs.

During Kent’s tenure as Crowell & Moring’s chair from 2006 to 2015, the firm experienced nine consecutive years of growth and market expansion, doubling its size and adding major offices in New York and California. Named to Law360’s list of “Most Innovative Managing Partners,” Kent spearheaded new approaches to client service, retention of talent, and alternative fee arrangements that emphasized partnership between the firm and its clients. Under his leadership, the firm was named to Washington Business Journal’s list of “Best Places to Work” and FT Innovative Lawyers “Most Innovative Firms.”

Kent is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Talent Innovation, which works to empower women and other diverse professionals to rise in major corporations and other professional organizations. CTI drives ground-breaking research that creates best practices in advancing retention of, and leadership opportunities for, diverse professionals.

Kent is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars, as well as many federal, district, and appellate courts.

Recent matters include:

  • Represented DuPont in a case alleging misappropriation of over 100 trade secrets relating to DuPont’s Kevlar® fiber technology, in one of the largest trade secret misappropriation cases in the United States history; obtained record-setting damages award and assisted with U.S. DOJ’s successful prosecution of a large Korean conglomerate for the theft of DuPont’s core technology.
  • Represented international airlines in relation to several domestic and international investigations and associated class action litigation involving alleged multi-billion dollar pricing and capacity collusion.
  • Representing a major railroad in defense of MDL class action alleging multi-billion dollar conspiracy to fix fuel prices.
  • Represented a major agricultural company in successful defense of a connection with a DOJ criminal investigation.
  • Represented a group of corporations in opt-out litigation against the largest global computer chip manufacturers, for their involvement in an international conspiracy to fix prices in the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) industry; obtained substantial recoveries.
  • Represented a major chemicals manufacturer in global antitrust investigations and related class action litigations; obtained non-prosecution resolution.
  • Represented a major metals manufacturer in DOJ and European Commission investigation; closed without prosecution.
  • Represented a major construction company in international government contracts/antitrust investigation; closed without prosecution.
  • Tried antitrust/contract/tort defense case with $200 million in claimed damages; settled mid-trial for no damages and plaintiffs' payment of defense costs.
  • Tried criminal antitrust case in marine construction industry; obtained dismissal at close of prosecutor's case.
  • Represented more than one hundred companies over the last five years in recovering overcharges by suppliers involved in price-fixing conspiracies.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Expanding the Program: International Recovery and Emerging Areas," Crowell & Moring's Second Annual In-House Recovery Conference, Dana Point, CA (March 10-11, 2016). Moderator: Kent Gardiner. Speakers: Jerome Murphy, Bruce Holcomb, and Chris Leonardo.
  • "Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law," The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (LCC) and Crowell & Moring LLP Annual Conference 2008 (May 2008). Panel Chaired by: Kent A. Gardiner.
  • "Antitrust Update," ABA Corporate Counseling Committee Webinar (October 11, 2007). Presenters: Wm. Randolph Smith, Kent A. Gardiner, Jeane A. Thomas, Robert Lipstein, Christopher E. Ondeck, Bridget E. Calhoun, Daniel A. Sasse, Werner Berg and Thomas De Meese.
  • "Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law," The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (LCC) and Crowell & Moring LLP, Brussels, Belgium (May 2007). Presenter: Kent A. Gardiner.
  • "The Legal Implications of Business Conduct in Europe and Beyond: Risks and Rights," Paris, France (October 18-19, 2006). Panel Discussion: Kent A. Gardiner.
  • "Damages as a Means to Incentives Claimants to Start an Action," Private Enforcement in EC Competition Law: The Green Paper on Damages Action - Brussels, Belgium (March 9, 2005). Panel Discussion: Kent A. Gardiner.


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Firm News & Announcements

Aug.18.2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jan.19.2016 Crowell & Moring Releases Fourth Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Second Annual Regulatory Forecast
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Oct.07.2015 Three Crowell & Moring Partners Named National Law Journal's M&A and Antitrust Trailblazers
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.27.2015 Crowell & Moring Receives Two American Lawyer 'Global Legal Awards' for Global Dispute of the Year in U.S. Litigation and Pro Bono
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Mar.09.2015 Crowell & Moring Elects Angela Styles as New Chair and Salutes Kent Gardiner for Three-Term Tenure of Leadership
Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Apr.08.2014 Crowell & Moring Named Finalist in Global Competition Review's Fourth Annual "GCR Awards"
Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.24.2013 Crowell & Moring Recognized by National Law Journal as Washington, D.C. "General Civil Litigation" Department of the Year
May.24.2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Dec.03.2012 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 13th Edition "GCR 100" in D.C. and New York
Sep.04.2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jun.01.2012 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012
Apr.06.2012 Crowell & Moring Client DuPont Granted Summary Judgment in Kolon Antitrust Claim
Feb.01.2012 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's "GCR 100" and "New York's Finest" Special Reports
Sep.15.2011 Crowell & Moring Client DuPont Wins Trade Secret Case Against Kolon Industries
Aug.30.2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.10.2011 Chambers USA Ranks Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jun.09.2011 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review’s "GCR 100" and "U.S. Government Antitrust" Surveys
Jun.01.2011 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2011
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.03.2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2010 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2010
Jun.11.2010 Chambers USA Ranks 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 14 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
Feb.01.2010 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured In Global Competition Review's Annual "GCR 100" List
Sep.01.2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2009 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009
Jun.13.2008 Chambers USA Ranks 33 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
Sep.11.2007 The Best Lawyers in America 2008 Recognizes 34 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Nov.30.2004 Crowell & Moring Partners Make 'Top Lawyers' List
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