Barbara’s practice at Troutman Pepper covers the full range of antitrust and competition matters. In addition, she routinely handles distribution disputes and arrangements, class actions, securities and other general litigation for various domestic and international companies.
She advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general and international regulatory agencies. Her counseling practice also involves helping international and domestic companies to minimize or avoid antitrust liability, and to implement effective compliance programs.
Barbara also is experienced in non-merger civil and criminal antitrust investigations before the enforcement agencies and defends against antitrust class actions and individual claims. Her antitrust litigation experience has included a wide range of antitrust claims under the Sherman Act, Robinson-Patman Act, Clayton Act and numerous state statutory and common laws. She has extensive experience responding to government investigations of alleged cartel activity, including price-fixing and market allocation. Most recently, she represented companies targeted by the Department of Justice in investigations of resistors and capacitors, as well as other non-public criminal proceedings.
Barbara speaks regularly and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on competition-related issues, and is an author of the 2016 edition of Model Jury Instructions in Civil Antitrust Cases. She serves on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (5th ed.). She is immediate past chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section Antitrust Committee.
Barbara is active in pro bono and public service work, and has received numerous awards recognizing her contributions, including Community Legal Service, Inc.’s Champion of Justice and Equal Justice Awards in 2006 and 2002, respectively, and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s First Union Fidelity Award in 2002. She serves on several boards of organizations that seek to provide income-eligible individuals equal access to the legal system, and she serves on the executive committee of the Committee of Seventy, a leading civic reform organization in Philadelphia.