What California’s DOJ Said at the 2024 Antitrust Law Section Spring Meeting

The American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s annual Spring Meeting earlier this month featured federal, state and international enforcers discussing a variety of antitrust and competition issues across jurisdictions. Paula Blizzard, the California Department of Justice’s antitrust chief, provided insights into the California attorney general office’s current and upcoming enforcement activities.

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Michelle Lowery
Michelle Lowery is the go-to litigator for West Coast state and federal antitrust and unfair competition matters and for California Attorney General antitrust and general litigation matters. She has nearly two decades of experience achieving exceptional results for clients in antitrust and unfair competition litigation and investigations, including class actions. Read Michelle Lowery's full bio.

Betty Zhang
Betty (Yajing) Zhang focuses her practice on antitrust and other regulatory matters. Read Betty (Yajing) Zhang's full bio. 

Russell Hayman
Russell Hayman represents companies in the technology, health, life sciences and in other sectors in complex civil litigation nationwide. Drawing on his background as a federal prosecutor, he has also represented companies in government investigations and criminal proceedings. A successful trial lawyer having taken over 25 cases to trial, Russell has successfully defended clients in complex federal antitrust, patent infringement and theft of trade secret cases involving acoustic, cellular, Wi-Fi, software, mobile app, semiconductor and memory technologies. Russell’s trial experience in antitrust matters includes both horizontal and vertical restraint claims. Read Russell Hayman's full bio. 

Jon Dean
Jon Dean is the Head of the Los Angeles Litigation Practice. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters, including patent and trade secrets cases, antitrust actions, securities matters, unfair competition cases, trademark disputes, employment actions, OSHA cases and healthcare matters. Jon is a former prosecutor and an experienced trial lawyer, having served as trial counsel on both civil and criminal cases. Read Jon Dean's full bio. 

Julian Andre
Julian L. André focuses his practice on litigation with a particular emphasis on government prosecutions, enforcement actions and investigations, internal investigations, complex civil litigation and appellate matters. He is an experienced trial attorney and former federal prosecutor. Prior to rejoining McDermott, Julian spent six years as an Assistant US Attorney in Los Angeles. While an AUSA, Julian served in the Major Frauds Section, where he investigated and prosecuted complex financial crimes, including embezzlement, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, bank fraud, education fraud, CARES Act fraud, bankruptcy fraud, import/export crimes, tax crimes and money laundering. Julian also served as the US Attorney’s Office’s Securities Fraud Coordinator and Education Fraud Coordinator.Read Julian André's full bio. 

Maria Rodriguez
Maria C. Rodriguez advises US and international corporations with regard to employment law compliance and mergers and acquisitions, and defends employment cases and class action litigation. She is a trusted advisor to clients helping them avoid or resolve disputes and protect resources through proactive and strategic planning. Maria is experienced working with clients in the sports, media and entertainment, technology, food and restaurant, airline, transportation and distribution, healthcare and fashion industries. Read Maria C. Rodriguez's full bio. 

Yesenia Gallegos
Yesenia M. Gallegos focuses her labor and employment practice on a wide range of matters, including restrictive covenants, wage and hour law, discrimination and harassment claims, executive employment agreements, leaves of absence, employee terminations and reductions in force. Yesenia represents employers in employment litigation—including class actions—pending in both state and federal court. She also represents employers in actions against former employees in trade secret and embezzlement actions that require immediate restraining orders, injunctions and/or liens. Read Yesenia M. Gallegos's full bio. 





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