Sathya S. Gosselin
Sathya Gosselin is a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office, where he advises a diverse array of clients, helping each navigate complex litigation and achieve dispute resolution. Sathya takes a hands-on approach to litigation, working with a small team to secure favorable results at the trial and appellate levels and deliver outstanding client service. His work in the arenas of antitrust, intellectual property, and sports and entertainment have earned him various awards and the recognition of his peers.
Sathya represents clients across a broad range of industries, including sports, hospitality, healthcare, transportation, software, film, and music. His client roster has included entertainers and athletes, Fortune 500 companies, apparel retailers, movie theaters, non-profit organizations, software manufacturers, and startups, among others.
Recent engagements include:
- O’Bannon v. NCAA – Serving as trial counsel in the landmark litigation, in which Sathya examined and cross-examined witnesses at trial, deposed key NCAA executives, briefed complex constitutional issues advanced by the NCAA and television networks, and helped negotiate a $40 million settlement with Electronic Arts, Inc., which was distributed among current and former college athletes.
- In re Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation – Serving as counsel to dozens of rail-freight shippers in a high-profile antitrust case concerning alleged fuel-surcharge collusion among the nation’s largest rail-freight carriers.
- Representing specialty-film exhibitors in antitrust litigation concerning a dominant theater chain’s abuse of its nationwide ‘circuit’ power to coerce film distributors into undesirable exclusivity arrangements that harm competition.
- Representing health plans–alongside 47 state attorneys general–that allege that the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers fixed prices and allocated markets on dozens of generic drugs, injuring patients and their insurers through dramatically higher prices.
Sports and Entertainment
- Representing a corporate sponsor of track & field athletes in first-of-its-kind antitrust litigation against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field concerning unduly restrictive limitations on athlete sponsorships.
- Negotiating a favorable settlement for a royalty-rights holder in the college athletics space.
- Obtaining a complete judgment for an internationally acclaimed DJ in commercial litigation.
- Representing a leading software manufacturer in copyright-infringement litigation against the federal government.
- Defending an apparel retailer against false intellectual-property infringement claims.
Civil and Human Rights
- Submitting an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of international human-rights scholars urging the Court to grant review as to whether customary international law excuses exhaustion of local remedies where a state accused of wrongdoing unduly delays the local remedial process.
What Others Say
- The Legal 500 recommends Sathya for Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions, citing him as a “young star” who "works on the most complex cases brilliantly." (2017-Present)
- Lawdragon named Sathya as one of its "Top Plaintiff Financial Lawyers" (2019-Present)
- Sathya was a finalist for Global Competition Review’s “Lawyer of the Year – Under 40” (2017)
- Sathya has been consistently named a “Rising Star” in Antitrust by Super Lawyers (2016-Present)
- The American Antitrust Institute honored Sathya with its award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice,” as a member of the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial team (2015)
- Global Competition Review also honored the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial team with its award for “Litigation of the Year - Non-Cartel Prosecution” (2015)
- Concurrences honored Sathya and his co-authors with its award for “Best Academic Article - Private Enforcement” (“Antitrust Class Proceedings - Then and Now”) (2015)
- Law360 named Sathya one of just five top lawyers under the age of 40 leading the class-action field, noting his “adept skill set,” “penchant for high-stakes litigation,” and “close attention to detail.” (2014)
Cornell Law School, J.D., 2007 (Symposium Editor, Cornell Law Review)
Vassar College, B.A., Religion, 1999 (with honors)
District of Columbia
Affiliations & Memberships
Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School
Elected Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Vice Chair, Trade, Sports and Professional Associations Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law
Law360 Sports Editorial Advisory Board (2016-2018)
Antitrust Representative, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' Special Committee on Section, Division, and Forum Coordination, (2013-2014)
Young Lawyer Representative, Transportation and Energy Industries Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, (2013 – 2014)
Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
News & Press
“Sports Betting May Further Complicate NCAA Antitrust Concerns,” Bloomberg (June 4, 2018)
“Federal probe could uncover deeper roots in college basketball scandal,” USA Today (Sept. 30, 2017)
"US judge sends former UNC athletes’ lawsuit back to North Carolina courts," The News & Observer (Apr. 27, 2017)
"MLB Wearable Tech Experiment Raises Athlete Privacy Issues," Law360 (Mar. 14, 2017)
“Olympian Nick Symmonds's Company Files Lawsuit vs USOC and USATF,” Sports Illustrated (Jan. 20, 2016)
“U.S. Appeals Court Finds NCAA Pay Rules Violate Antitrust Law,” Reuters (Sept. 30, 2015)
“As College Football Season Kicks Off, the NCAA Is Still ‘Under Siege,’” The Huffington Post (Sept. 4, 2015)
“Game Over for Two-a-Days,” The Daily Beast (Aug. 31, 2015)
“Focus Returns to College Antitrust Cases,” Sports Business Journal (Aug. 24, 2015)
“Symmonds ‘at a Flashpoint for Athletes’ Rights,’” Sports Business Journal (Aug. 17, 2015)
“Lawyers: Class-action ball now in UNC, NCAA court,” The Herald-Sun (Feb. 19, 2015)
“NCAA Athletes Should Get Publicity Pay, SAG Tells 9th Circ.” Law360 (Jan. 29, 2015)
"Former UNC Student-Athletes Detail Fake 'Paper Classes' in New Lawsuit against School and NCAA,” Business Insider (Jan. 23, 2015)
“Athletes Slap NCAA, UNC with Suit Claiming Sham Classes,” Law360 (Jan. 22, 2015)
“Oliver Luck brings own perspective to NCAA on O'Bannon name and likeness issue,” USA Today (Jan. 16, 2015)
“Big Suits,” The American Lawyer (Sept. 29, 2014)
“Law360’s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs” Law360 (Aug. 14, 2014)
“O'Bannon Trial: Former player testifies about eligibility requirements,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 16, 2014)
“Reclaiming their image: College athletes sue NCAA for cut of profits,” Fault Lines/AlJazeera America (June 10, 2014)
Sathya S. Gosselin, “The Ethical Evolution of the NCAA,” Association of Corporate Counsel Docket (January 2020) [cover article]
Sathya S. Gosselin, April Jones, and Annabel Martin, “Are Antitrust Laws Up to the Task? A US/EU Perspective on Anti-Competitive Algorithm Behavior,” Hausfeld Bulletin/Lexology (Aug. 10, 2017)
Contributing author, Antitrust Law Developments (Eighth)
Michael D. Hausfeld, Gordon C. Rausser, Gareth J. Macartney, Michael P. Lehmann, Sathya S. Gosselin, “Antitrust Class Proceedings – Then and Now,” Research in Law and Economics (Vol. 26, 2014)
Michael D. Hausfeld, Brent W. Landau, and Sathya S. Gosselin, “CAT”-astrophe: The Failure of “Follow-On” Actions, International Cartel Workshop, Presented by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law & The International Bar Association (Feb. 1-3, 2012)
Brian A. Ratner and Sathya S. Gosselin, The Novelty of Wal-Mart v. Dukes, American Bar Association, Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee, Business Torts & RICO News, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Fall 2011
Hausfeld LLP and Milberg LLP, E-Discovery Today: The Fault Lies Not In Our Rules…, 4 FED. CTS. LAW REV. 2 (2011)
Michael D. Hausfeld and Sathya S. Gosselin “Parents, Be Aware of the Behavior of Your Children”: Intra-Enterprise Accountability and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in the European Union, 2010 ABA/IBA International Cartel Workshop, Feb. 10-12, 2010
Michael D. Hausfeld, Steig D. Olson & Sathya S. Gosselin, The United States Heightens Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof on Class Certification: A Response, Global Competition Litig. Rev., Volume 2 Issue 4/2009.
Presentations & Speeches
"Competition Advocacy, State Occupational Licensing, and Private Certification - Perspectives from Federal Agencies and State Attorneys General" ABA Section of Antitrust Law (May 6, 2019)
"Recent Noteworthy Litigation and Trends to Watch," ABA Section of Antitrust Trade, Sports, and Professional Associations Committee’s Post-Spring Meeting Town Hall, (April 29, 2019)(teleconference).
"Sports Law" panel discussion, University of Florida Levin College of Law 2019 Sports Law Symposium (March 1, 2019)
"Alston v. NCAA: Will 'Amateurism' Survive?" ABA Trade, Sports, and Professional Associations Committee (Jan. 8, 2019)
"Antitrust Exemptions in Sports—& More,” Legal Talk Network (Aug. 17, 2018)
“Practicing as an Antitrust and Sports Lawyer,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (May 23, 2018)
“Recent Developments in Global Class Actions,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting (April 12, 2018)
"NCAA Amateurism and the O'Bannon Litigation," University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education (March 23, 2018)
“Working With Experts and Economic Evidence in Class Actions,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (Feb. 26, 2018)
“What's Next -- Hot Issues at the Nexus of Consumer Protection, Antitrust, and Sports,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (Dec. 5, 2017)
“O’Bannon in the Supreme Court,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (Aug. 4, 2016)
“Hot Topics in Pro Sports,” Cozen O’Connor - Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans (April 15, 2016)
Guest Lecturer, Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute (Summer 2016; Summer 2015)
“Developments in Antitrust Cases against Sports Leagues,” American Antitrust Institute Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference (Nov. 18, 2015)
“Trying the Class Action: Practical Tips From the Pros Seminar,” American Association for Justice (June 2015)
“Amateurism and NCAA Compliance,” University of Florida Levin College of Law 2015 Sports Law Symposium (March 27, 2015)
“Antitrust and the NCAA: The O'Bannon Litigation and More,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (Dec. 5, 2014)
"The O’Bannon Litigation and the Future of the NCAA and College Athletics," District of Columbia Bar (Nov. 7, 2014)