Kevin J. Orsini is a partner in Cravath's Litigation Department. His clients have included Alcoa, American Express, Barnes & Noble, Goldman Sachs, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Mylan, Occidental Petroleum, Palantir, PG&E, Time Warner, Viacom, The Williams Companies and Xerox. Mr. Orsini's broad trial practice focuses on complex antitrust litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, securities litigation and other commercial disputes.
In June 2017, Mr. Orsini scored victories against the United States Department of Justice in two of the most significant antitrust litigations the government has ever filed. First, on June 12, 2018, Mr. Orsini won a milestone victory for Time Warner after a six-week trial in an antitrust lawsuit filed by the DOJ seeking to block Time Warner's $108.7 billion acquisition by AT&T. This case, in which Mr. Orsini served as trial counsel to Time Warner, was the government's first challenge to a vertical merger in decades. Following the trial win, the Government declined to seek a stay and the merger closed successfully.
On June 25, 2018, Mr. Orsini scored a win for American Express ("AmEx") in the United States Supreme Court in a lawsuit originally brought by the DOJ and 17 state attorneys general challenging certain provisions in AmEx's merchant agreements. Mr. Orsini represented AmEx as trial counsel in a seven-week bench trial against DOJ in 2014, as well as in the appeal before the Second Circuit and in the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court's June 25 decision, which affirmed a ruling by the Second Circuit in favor of AmEx, defines how antitrust law will be applied to two-sided markets, which are increasingly prevalent in today's business environment. Mr. Orsini continues to represent AmEx in a series of related class actions, individual merchant actions and merchant arbitrations.
Mr. Orsini is also currently representing PG&E as lead trial counsel in hundreds of claims filed against the company arising out of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. He is also representing Palantir as lead trial counsel in litigation alleging intentional interference with a proposed deal to sell $60 million worth of Palantir stock.
Mr. Orsini was named one of seven outstanding competition lawyers under 40 in the nation by Law360 in 2016. He was also named a Rising Star by New York Law Journal and Super Lawyers. Mr. Orsini has been recognized by The Legal 500 United Statesfor his work in antitrust litigation, M&A litigation and securities litigation.
Mr. Orsini received a B.A. summa cum laude from George Washington University in 2000, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2003. He joined Cravath in 2003 and became a partner in 2011.
Last updated: July 2018