Robert A. Lipstein, Retired Partner Washington, D.C.
rlipstein@crowellretiredpartners.com
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Rob Lipstein is a retired partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust, 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.



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • "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.
  • "Legal Service Management: Association of Corporate Counsel's Value Challenge Master Classes for law department/firm leaders on value-based fees, project and process management," (July 2010 to present). Faculty Member: Robert A. Lipstein.
  • "Is U.S. Antitrust Enforcement Stifling Innovation?" Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law Annual Conference co-sponsored by The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy and Crowell & Moring, Brussels (June 15, 2012). Moderator: Bo Vesterdorf, former President of the EU General Court; Panelists: Thomas Kramler, Deputy Head of Unit, Antitrust, IT, Internet and Consumer Electronics, DG COMP, European Commission; Mathew Heim, Seniro Director, Government Affairs & Counsel, Qualcomm Inc; Robert A. Lipstein.
  • "Antitrust Distribution: Up All Night: Distribution Risk as a Leading Cause of Insomnia," Crowell & Moring Product Risk Management Seminar (October 19, 2011). Moderator: Ryan Tisch. Panelists: Melanie Sabo (Federal Trade Commission); Laura Jones (Avaya); Sean-Paul Brankin; Robert Lipstein.
  • "Negotiating and Drafting Effective Alternative Fee Arrangements," ACI's 5th National Forum on Reducing Legal Costs (October 22, 2010). Co-Presenter: Robert A. Lipstein.
  • "Using Value-Based Billing To Align Outside Counsel and Client Incentives," National Constitutional Center (September 15, 2010). Presenter: Robert A. Lipstein.
  • "Project and Matter Management," Pilot Project on Value-Based Skills: Equipping the Next Generation of Latina Corporate Practice Leaders, presented by the ACC and the HNBA Commission on Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession (September 9, 2010). Presenter: Robert A. Lipstein.
  • Vertical Restraints, Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law Annual Conference co-sponsored by The Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy and Crowell & Moring, Brussels (May 7, 2010). Panelists: Peter Vandeginste, Head of Antitrust, Nestlé; Stephan Simon, Deputy Head of Antitrust Unit, Consumer Goods, Basic Industries, Agriculture and Manufacturing, DG COMP, European Commission; Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Partner, Fourgoux and Associaés; Chair, Panel: Robert A. Lipstein.
  • "What Happens When the FTC Calls: An Antitrust Primer for Retailers Focused on Pending Mall Consolidation," National Retail Tenants Association Webinar (March 23, 2010). Moderator: Gregory D. Call; Panelists: Robert A. Lipstein and Wm. Randolph Smith.


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In the News

  • Legal Fees Should Reflect 'Results Achieved
    August 16, 2012 — Bloomberg Law (videocast)
  • Lawyers React to Proposed New Merger Guidelines
    April 20, 2010 — Competition Law360
  • Steering Clear of Antitrust Pitfalls In IP Licensing
    April 13, 2010 — Intellectual Property Law360


Firm News & Announcements

Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
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
Nov.14.2013 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 14th Edition "GCR 100" in D.C. and New York
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.01.2013 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
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
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Feb.01.2012 Crowell & Moring Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's "GCR 100" and "New York's Finest" Special Reports
Oct.05.2011 Crowell & Moring Consumer Product Safety Seminar to Feature Senator Mark Pryor and Other Key Government Officials
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.
Aug.03.2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.11.2010 Chambers USA Ranks 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 14 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
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