A litigator at Paul, Weiss for 29 years, Bob Atkins is the Chairman of the firm’s legal ethics committee and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, including an antitrust and false advertising trial in the Eastern District of Texas that won Bob recognition as The American Lawyer's "Litigator of the Week." Bob also has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Lawyers” in the U.S. in Antitrust Litigation.
Bob handles litigations and government investigations in a wide
range of matters and industries, including antitrust and product
liability class actions in the medical products business, mass tort
actions arising from the 9/11 attacks, struggles for corporate
control in the insurance and newspaper industries, charges of
payola in the radio industry, false advertising lawsuits in the
healthcare industry, and trademark and copyright infringement in
the movies and on TV.
Bob represents Becton Dickinson (BD) in
antitrust lawsuits and class actions, as well as government
investigations regarding the sale of medical devices. Bob
tried a Sherman Act case for BD in Tyler, Texas, winning a defense
verdict on all the Section 1 and Clayton Section 3 claims. Bob also
defended BD in a nine-year antitrust class action in the District
of New Jersey, alleging monopolization and exclusive dealing,
including a successful appeal to the Third Circuit that established
the standard for direct purchaser standing in that circuit. In
re Hypodermic Prods. Antitrust Litig., 484 Fed. Appx. 669 (3d
He represents IBM in unfair competition
litigation and Avid Life Media in a consumer fraud
class action arising out of the hack of its dating website, Ashley
Madison. Bob is also trial counsel for PharMerica,
one of the country's leading pharmacy companies.
Bob also represented CIT Group in winning a
motion to dismiss before the U.S. District Court for the District
of Delaware, and confirming the victory on appeal to the Third
Circuit in a price-fixing conspiracy case. CIT and co-defendants
were accused of violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act by sharing
confidential information about their clients' customers and
reaching agreements regarding the terms and conditions of credit to
Bob also defends product liability and negligence suits
involving allegations of unsafe products, defective medical devices
and the transmission of infectious diseases. His representations
- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in investigations and
litigations related to allegedly defective airbags.
- Boeing against design defect claims in the
multi-billion dollar property damage lawsuits arising from the
destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
- Becton Dickinson in product defect class
actions and individual suits claiming fatal injuries to healthcare
- Take-Two Interactive in dismissing wrongful
death and strict liability claims against the creator of the
Grand Theft Auto video game.
Bob has litigated high-profile disputes over corporate control
and management, including the representation of
AIG, the litigations between
Hollinger and its former CEO Lord Conrad Black,
and the thwarted hostile takeover of True North
In addition to his commercial practice, Bob regularly litigates
voting rights cases and Constitutional challenges to voter
registration and identification laws. Bob serves as the
Co-Chair of the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York
University School of Law.