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Melinda R. Coolidge

Tasked by the firm to evaluate potential antitrust cases and recommend a course of action, Melinda Coolidge assists a wide range of clients with an efficient analysis of their circumstances. She enjoys devising creative solutions for clients while managing complex litigation.

As a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, Melinda focuses on complex antitrust cases. Melinda plays a lead role in the firm’s representation of various car manufacturers and other OEMs, working to recover damages incurred from the massive worldwide auto parts cartel. The cartel has resulted in over 80 guilty pleas in the United States, and fines and decisions by regulatory authorities around the world. She represents a class of end-payors of Thalomid and Revlimid in antitrust litigation against Celgene, and a class of direct purchasers of Zymar and Zymaxid in antitrust litigation against Allergan, Kyorin, and Senju. In another antitrust class action, she represents a class of poultry growers alleging a nationwide conspiracy among vertically-integrated poultry companies to suppress and maintain compensation for growing services below competitive levels. She also represents freight forwarders and other direct purchasers of air cargo shipping services against a worldwide price-fixing cartel in the In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation, in which her clients and the class have recovered over $1 billion in settlements. In 2013, Melinda served on the trial team for the plaintiff class at trial in the In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, which secured a trebled jury verdict of $162 million against Chinese vitamin C manufacturer defendants. And as the primary brief writer on liability issues in the firm’s In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, Melinda represented dozens of women in a mass tort action against Pfizer and Wyeth over their hormone replacement therapy and links to breast cancer. 

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Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2008

Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

United States District Court for the District of Maryland

United States District Court for the Western District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Affiliations & Memberships

Legal 500 Next Generation Lawyer in Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiff (2019)

Super Lawyers Rising Star, Antitrust Litigation (2014-2019)

Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice (In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation), American Antitrust Institute (2018)

Legal 500 Recommended Attorney - Antitrust (2017-2019)

Member of the American Bar Association, International Cartel Task Force

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2016)

National Law Journal Antitrust Trailblazer (2016)

Global Competition Review Top 100 Women in Antitrust (2016)

Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice (In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation), American Antitrust Institute (2016)

Legal 500 Rising Star in Antitrust - Cartel Enforcement (2015)

Law360 Rising Star in Class Actions (2015)

News & Press

The Class of 2014,” Global Competition Review (Mar. 5, 2015)

At Some D.C. Firms, More Women than Men Make Partner,” The National Law Journal (Jan. 19, 2015)


Co-author, “The Federal Trade Commission Slams Impax/Endo Reverse Payment Settlement,” Hausfeld Competition Bulletin/Lexology (May 2019).

William P. Butterfield, Conor R. Crowley, Melinda R. Coolidge, “Diving Deeper to Catch Bigger Fish,” DESI III Conference, June 2009

Presentations & Speeches

Panel Speaker, "Antitrust Issues in Private Enforcement Actions Against Agricultural Industries," AAI 11th Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference (November 7, 2017)

Panel Speaker, “Did the enforcers go bananas in Dole v. Commission? What are the boundaries of cartel conduct - and why does it matter?” GCR Live Cartels (April 5, 2016)

Panel Speaker, "Antitrust Claims: Class Actions and Opting Out,” AAJ Annual Convention (July 26-29, 2014)

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