Jason A. Leckerman


Tel 215.864.8266
Fax 215.864.9205

Jason A. Leckerman is Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. He focuses on antitrust and competition, product liability, and commercial litigation and regularly counsels clients on antitrust compliance and risk. In addition, he assists private and public companies in analyzing potential mergers and acquisitions, and in obtaining clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

At Ballard Spahr, Jason is a member of the Expanded Board, Partner-in-Charge of the litigation mentoring program in the Philadelphia office, and is Partner-in-Charge of the United Way Campaign.

Representative Matters

Competition and Commercial Matters

  • Represents numerous municipalities and other buyers as plaintiffs in multidistrict antitrust litigation pending in New Jersey federal court
  • Represented a plaintiff health care data company in a monopolization case in Pennsylvania federal court
  • Represented a plaintiff pharmaceutical manufacturer in a Lanham Act (unfair competition) claim in Pennsylvania federal court
  • Represented a plaintiff chemical manufacturer, which opted out of a proposed class action, in an antitrust claim in Delaware federal court
  • Represents a defendants insurance company in an antitrust case in West Virginia federal court
  • Represents a defendant life insurance company in an antitrust case in Wisconsin state court
  • Defended a pharmaceutical manufacturer in antitrust class actions in Pennsylvania federal court involving allegations of monopolization related to patent litigations, a citizen petition filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and alleged reverse payment settlement agreement
  • Defended shipping companies in antitrust class actions in New Jersey federal court involving allegations of price-fixing
  • Defended an importer of pipe fittings in antitrust class actions in New Jersey federal court involving allegations of price-fixing
  • Defended a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the Nevada federal court against price discrimination claims
  • Defended a pharmaceutical manufacturer in antitrust class actions in Pennsylvania federal court involving allegations of monopolization related to multiple citizen petitions filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Defended a media company in Colorado state court against antitrust claims
  • Counsels a trade association of energy utilities on antitrust issues
  • Counsels a trade association of railway engineering-maintenance suppliers on antitrust issues
  • Counseled a hydro-electric power company on antitrust issues involving its joint venture ownership structure

Product Liability Matters

  • Represents a chemical manufacturer in numerous product, toxic tort, and premises liability claims in Pennsylvania state court
  • Represents an equipment manufacturer in a personal injury case in Pennsylvania state court
  • Represents a chemical manufacturer in a personal injury case in Pennsylvania state court
  • Defended a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a private product liability arbitration
  • Defended a medical device company in multiple product liability cases
  • Defended a hotel company in a food poisoning class action

Pro Bono Experience

Jason maintains an active pro bono practice. He spends considerable time representing asylum applicants and supervising junior lawyers in asylum proceedings, and leads the asylum practice group in Philadelphia. He has represented clients pro bono in many other areas, and has focused on expanding the protections of property owners facing civil forfeiture claims. Jason also participated in advising the committee responsible for creating the Ethics Commission of the City of Philadelphia.   

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500 US, Antitrust - Civil litigation/class action - plaintiff, 2019

Chambers USA, antitrust law, (Pennsylvania), 2018-2020; "Up and Coming," antitrust law, 2016-2017

Named to Philadelphia Business Journal's 2013 "40 Under 40" list, in recognition of professional excellence and outstanding community involvement

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's 2011 Alan J. Davis Award, given to a member of the firm who demonstrates exemplary legal representation in a matter involving the public good, for his work as part of the Ballard Spahr Asylum Initiative

Recipient, The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly's 2010 "Lawyers on the Fast Track" award, given to select young Pennsylvania lawyers whose achievements have distinguished them among their peers

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's inaugural Alan J. Davis Award in 2008, for his success in helping a deaf woman from Guinea obtain asylum

Recipient, Pennsylvania Bar Association 2008 Pro Bono Award, in recognition of all of his pro bono work


Author, “Motions to Dismiss in Antitrust Suits: Strategies for Raising the Motion,” Lexis Practice Advisor, 2019

Contributing author, "ABA Indirect Purchaser Litigation Handbook (2d Ed. 2016)," Chapters on Class Action Assertion of Indirect Purchaser Claims and Indirect Purchaser Settlements

Co-author, "FTC Scores Another Victory in FTC v. Advocate Health Care Network," Ballard Spahr alert, November 1, 2016

Co-author, "FTC and DOJ Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals," Ballard Spahr alert, October 21, 2016

Co-author, "FTC Wins Key Appellate Victory in FTC v. Penn State Hershey Medical Center," Ballard Spahr alert, September 27, 2016

Co-author, "FTC's Hospital Merger Enforcement Hangs in the Balance," Law360, June 16, 2016

Co-author, "FTC Finally Loses a Hospital Merger Challenge... Now What?," Ballard Spahr alert, May 11, 2016

Co-author, "2 Assumptions Shape 3rd Circ. Reverse Payment Case," Law360, November 20, 2014

Co-author, "Reverse Payment Realities: Challenging Pervasive Assumptions Underlying Calls for Broad Antitrust Scrutiny of Patent Infringement Settlements," Bloomberg BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, November 14, 2014

Co-author, "Court Endorses FTC Authority To Require Special Reporting for Pharmaceutical Licenses," Ballard Spahr alert, June 4, 2014

Co-author, "Proposed Changes to Civil Rules Could Limit Scope of eDiscovery," Ballard Spahr alert, May 1, 2014

Co-author, "HSR Act Allows Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions To Be Subject to Unique Reporting Requirements, FTC Tells Court," Ballard Spahr alert, March 13, 2014

Co-author, "Pennsylvania Continues Trend of Stricter Review of Experts in Product Liability and Toxic Tort Cases," Ballard Spahr alert, December 16, 2013

Co-author, "FTC Issues Premerger Notification Review Changes for Pharmaceutical Patent License Transfers," Ballard Spahr alert, November 7, 2013

Co-author, "Little Guidance for Lower Courts in FTC v. Actavis," Today's General Counsel, August/September 2013

Co-author, "Cy Pres Permitted in Class Action Settlements but Makes Approval More Difficult, Third Circuit Holds," Ballard Spahr alert, February 21, 2013

Co-author, "Supreme Court Hands FTC Victory on State Action Immunity," Ballard Spahr alert, February 21, 2013

Co-author, "Price-Cost Test Does Not Apply in Exclusive Dealing Cases Where Pricing Is Not the Exclusionary Tool, Third Circuit Holds, While Circumscribing Prior Holding in LePage's," Ballard Spahr alert, October 3, 2012

Co-author, "DOJ and FTC Announce Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations," Ballard Spahr alert, November 1, 2011

Co-author, "Buyer (and Seller) Beware: Changes to Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Requirements Critical to M&As," Ballard Spahr alert, August 16, 2011

Co-author, "DOJ and FTC Issue New Guidelines for Review of Mergers and Acquisitions," Ballard Spahr alert, August 20, 2010

Co-author, "Justice Department Announcement of $12 Million Settlement Signals Renewed Antitrust Scrutiny on Energy Markets," Ballard Spahr alert, February 23, 2010

Co-author, "Unjust Enrichment: Unjust, Indeed," Law360, December 8, 2008

Co-author, "Update: Court Grants Class Action Status in Nurses' Wage-Fixing Case," Ballard Spahr alert, August 7, 2008

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "The Trouble With Trebles," Ballard Spahr CLE Program, October 16, 2018

Speaker, "Everyday Antitrust Issues: You Don't Know What You Don't Know," Ballard Spahr CLE Program, October 12, 2017 

Presenter,"Municipal Recovery under the Antitrust Laws," PMAA Solicitor Day, August 29, 2016

"Let's Make A Deal – Public and Private Antitrust Challenges to Health Care Combinations," Ballard Spahr webinar, May 10, 2016

Presenter, "Municipal Recovery Under the Antitrust Laws," African American Mayors Association, Annual Conference 2016

Panelist, "Back to the Future: A CLE Focused on Antitrust Basics, the Evolution of Antitrust Law, and Ethical Pitfalls," Ballard Spahr CLE Program, November 16, 2015

"How the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Affect Discovery," Ballard Spahr CLE program, live in Philadelphia and via webinar, June 25, 2014

Panelist, "The New Antitrust Paradigm: Increased Enforcement and Opportunity," DELVACCA Health Biotech & Pharma CLE Institute, King of Prussia, Pa., June 5, 2014

"Hot Topics in Health Care: Navigating the Pitfalls and Minimizing the Risks of Consolidation and Coordination," Ballard Spahr CLE program, March 19, 2014

"Antitrust Challenges to Patent Settlements after FTC v. Actavis," Ballard Spahr webinar, June 25, 2013

Panelist, "Deal Making under the Microscope," DELVACCA In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, April 23, 2013

"Antitrust Briefing – A Look at Current Litigation and Enforcement Trends," Ballard Spahr CLE, Philadelphia, July 18, 2012

"Managing Discovery, ESI, and Privilege Issues in an Antitrust Context," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "Basics of Antitrust Law" CLE, Philadelphia, February 22, 2010

Panelist, "Electronic Discovery – Taking Stock and Moving Forward," Ballard Spahr CLE, December 17, 2009

"Antitrust Law and the New Administration: Preparing for Increased Scrutiny and Reinvigorated Enforcement," Ballard Spahr CLE, December 9, 2009

"A Primer on Competition Law in the Oil and Gas Industry," Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association, December 8, 2009

"Electronic Discovery in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "Discovery: Where Most Cases Are Won or Lost" CLE, Philadelphia, November 6, 2009; and Pittsburgh, October 28, 2009

"New Mood in Antitrust: Antitrust Law and the New Administration," Ballard Spahr CLE, June 16, 2009

Community Activities

Leadership Philadelphia Core Program, 2011-2012

Host Committee, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 75th Anniversary Dinner, 2015

Board Memberships

Community Legal Services, Vice President

Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Vice President

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2001)  
Member, Order of the Coif
Recipient, James A. Manderino Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

George Washington University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1998)

New Jersey


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States