Leslie W. Kostyshak’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis in class actions and antitrust litigation and government investigations. Leslie is a partner in the firm’s Competition and Consumer Protection group, where her practice focuses on antitrust, consumer class actions, and other complex commercial litigation at the trial level in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Leslie also has experience in internal investigations and has represented corporate and individual clients in Department of Justice criminal investigations. Additionally, Leslie counsels clients on transactions requiring approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Leslie is also a regular contributor to the firm’s Retail Industry Blog, commenting on topics related to Consumer Protection.
Prior to joining the firm, Leslie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Payne of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Defending consumer products company in several matters alleging false labeling and advertising.
- Defended bank in antitrust action alleging conspiracy in restraint of trade.
- Defended aerospace company in antitrust action challenging exclusive dealing agreement.
- Defended company in dispute related to remediation of environmental contamination.
- Defended major energy company in multistate investigations and litigation alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and false claims.
- Defended health-care products manufacturer in a multidistrict class action litigation involved allegations of price fixing.
- Defended supplier of cement and concrete in two putative antitrust class actions alleging price-fixing, market allocation, and customer allocation. Court denied certification of both putative classes.
- Represented leading Japanese manufacturer in Department of Justice criminal investigation of pricing practices and related conduct.
- Represented Universal Music Group before the Federal Trade Commission in its $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music business of EMI Music. After a Second Request and an extensive investigation, the FTC voted 5-0 to close its investigation without requiring divestitures or other remedies.
- JD, Wake Forest University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Symposium Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2009
- BA, University of Richmond, cum laude, 2004
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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