Lisa M. Kaas
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Lisa Marie Kaas is a member of the firm’s Corporate Litigation Practice Group and focuses her practice on antitrust litigation and counseling. Ms. Kaas has been principally engaged in the defense of Sherman Act Section 1 and state law price-fixing conspiracy claims in individual and class actions at the trial court and appellate levels. She represents U.S. and multinational businesses in a variety of industries, including energy, technology, and freight forwarding, and is experienced in managing complex litigations and large-scale discovery efforts. She has overseen client responses to and negotiations with civil regulatory investigators, and counseled companies concerning minimization of antitrust risk associated with business transactions. She also has advised on or litigated antitrust issues including price discrimination, resale price maintenance, group boycotts, monopolization, and monopsonization. Outside the antitrust arena, Ms. Kaas has been engaged to resolve a variety of litigation matters and general commercial disputes.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Kaas was a contract project manager for the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (“NIJ”), Investigative & Forensic Sciences Division. At NIJ, Ms. Kaas facilitated several multidisciplinary technical working groups tasked with consensus development of recommended practices for law enforcement investigations and evidence collection, focusing her work primarily in the area of eyewitness evidence. She also administered grant programs for state and local crime laboratories and participated in national policy development regarding the use of DNA technology in investigations and postconviction proceedings.
While in law school, Ms. Kaas served as senior editor of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. As a student attorney in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, she represented indigent defendants in misdemeanor cases before the D.C. Superior Court and in parole revocation proceedings before the U.S. Parole Commission.
- In re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation. Representing a former Taiwanese manufacturer and distributer of optical disk drives named along with approximately a dozen other defendant groups in an indirect purchaser class action and individual direct actions alleging that the companies conspired to fix prices of optical disk drives through bid rigging and market allocation. Obtained denial of certification of direct purchaser class and initial denial of indirect purchaser class.
- Bandspeed, Inc. v. Garmin International, Inc., et al. Defended major electronics manufacturer against antitrust claims in litigation over patent licensing of particular Bluetooth technology, in which patent holder alleged conspiracy, monopsonization, and group boycott based on defendants’ supposed interference with its licensing through their membership in a private standard setting organization.
- Precision Associates, Inc et al v. Panalpina World Transport (Holding) LTD. Represented a global freight forwarding and logistics provider in putative class action that named some 65 companies in various alleged local, regional, and global conspiracies to fix prices, surcharges, or fees for freight forwarding services. Achieved dismissal of all claims against the client, with leave to amend; negotiated settlement that resulted in the client’s dismissal with prejudice prior to discovery.
- In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litigation. Representing a major energy company in multidistrict litigation, including several putative class actions, alleging that its natural gas traders conspired with others in the industry to artificially inflate wholesale natural gas prices. Obtained dismissal of the parent entity from all actions for lack of personal jurisdiction. Also obtained dismissal of similar actions in state courts in Tennessee and Missouri.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Ms. Kaas has previously led fundraising efforts to support the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and Georgetown University Law Center’s annual fundraising drive focused on financial aid and other programs. She has donated her time on a pro bono basis to a number of causes and organizations, including community legal advice clinics, a local advocacy group for the intellectually disabled, and animal welfare societies. Ms. Kaas is a member of the Antitrust and Litigation sections of the American Bar Association and the DC Bar.
- 2015, Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
- 2014, “Rising Star,” listed by by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer
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