Litigators Jay N. Fastow and Denise L. Plunkett, who have built national reputations in antitrust and financial services matters, have joined Ballard Spahr’s New York office as partners, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. 

Mr. Fastow and Ms. Plunkett have litigated a wide range of antitrust claims, and helped clients navigate issues related to antitrust compliance and business planning. They have successfully represented corporate plaintiffs and defendants in courts throughout the country.

Mr. Fastow recently won a jury trial on liability as lead counsel for plaintiffs in a widely watched antitrust case concerning anticompetitive conduct in the sale of heavy-duty truck transmissions, and obtained an affirmance of the verdict on appeal to the Third Circuit. In 2013, Mr. Fastow was named New York City Litigation – Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. He repeatedly has been recognized for his antitrust work by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Both Mr. Fastow and Ms. Plunkett have significant trial experience, as well as experience with governmental investigations and international arbitration.  

“Ballard Spahr has made a strategic commitment to growing its antitrust litigation group with top people who complement our existing team,” said John B. Langel, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. “Antitrust litigation is an area of strength for us. The addition of Jay and Denise will make a standout team even stronger.” Mr. Fastow and Ms. Plunkett join the firm from the New York office of Dickstein Shapiro, where Mr. Fastow was co-leader of the firm’s Antitrust & Financial Services practice. 

Mr. Fastow’s and Ms. Plunkett’s practices also strengthen the firm’s already formidable Consumer Financial Services Group. Mr. Fastow and Ms. Plunkett have extensive experience in representing major financial services clients in an impressive array of consumer class actions and commercial disputes. They have successfully defended claims under federal and state consumer protection laws, including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and state Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (UDAP) statutes, as well as the antitrust laws.

Mr. Stewart added, “Ballard has recognized strength in antitrust and consumer financial services, which makes the addition of Jay and Denise a natural fit for the firm and our new office in New York. They do high-level work for industry-leading clients and their track record of court wins and successful settlements speaks for itself. We are very pleased to have them.”

In July, Ballard Spahr joined with litigation powerhouse Stillman & Friedman, whose criminal antitrust lawyers have significant experience dealing with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in New York. The Antitrust Group grew again in November, when John L. Cuddihy joined Ballard Spahr’s Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Cuddihy has defended Fortune 500 corporations in Sherman Act Section 1 multidistrict class action lawsuits.

“Denise and I have crossed paths with Ballard Spahr lawyers over many years and hold the firm in very high regard,” said Mr. Fastow. “The firm has a national platform, a broad range of institutional clients, and a full-service corporate practice to support us. Add to that the complementary nature of our antitrust and consumer finance practices and it was an obvious choice.”

Mr. Fastow and Ms. Plunkett will be members of Ballard Spahr’s Litigation Department and the firm’s Antitrust and Consumer Financial Services practice groups.

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