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November 19, 2013

NYC Office Expands: Motley Rice expands NYC presence and antitrust practice

Plaintiffs’ law firm adds two antitrust attorneys and relocates to Midtown East

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New York, NY – (Nov. 19, 2013) Motley Rice LLC is expanding its New York City office with the addition of two antitrust attorneys and the relocation of its current office from Chelsea to Midtown East. Antitrust lawyers Michael M. Buchman (CT, NY) and John A. Ioannou (NY) join the firm, further rounding out Motley Rice’s consumer fraud practice.

“With the downturn of the economy and changing landscape of the financial world and corporate greed, we have unfortunately seen the growing need for regulation in the form of private actions, including antitrust, securities and consumer fraud litigation. Adding to the Motley Rice legal team and expanding the current New York City office is further evidence of our deep-rooted commitment to our clients and co-counsel,” said Donald A. Migliori, managing member of the New York City office. “Through our expanded New York team and presence, Motley Rice will be providing legal services in all of its practice areas, including medical devices and pharmaceutical, catastrophic injury, aviation, occupational disease and commercial litigation in New York.”

Buchman and Ioannou join Migliori as well as securities fraud and SEC whistleblower member Rebecca M. Katz (NY) and securities fraud and asbestos attorney Alex R. Straus (MA, RI, SC) in the new office.

Prior to joining Motley Rice, Buchman served as a managing partner of the antitrust department at a New York-based law firm, playing an active role in two of the largest U.S. antitrust settlements since the Sherman Act was enacted, In re NASDAQ Market-Makers Antitrust Litigation and In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation. He currently represents the largest retailer class representative in another antitrust case—the $7.2 billion In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1720. Having worked with a variety of plaintiff clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual consumers, Buchman has litigated complex antitrust, consumer protection and privacy class actions. These cases have included issues such as price-fixing, monopolization and generic drug antitrust issues—anticompetitive “reverse payment” agreements between brand name pharmaceutical companies and generic companies. Also, prior to joining a private practice, Buchman was an assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Ioannou litigates antitrust matters for a range of industries, including horizontal and vertical restraints of trade and monopolization claims. He has litigated complex cases, including In re American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation; Garber, et al. v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, et al.; and Laumann, et al. v. National Hockey League, et al. Ioannou also started his career as an assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office and has, throughout his 18-year career in antitrust litigation, also managed litigation compliance and counseled major New York state agencies and political subdivisions as well as quasi-governmental entities and other public entities.

The firm’s new address is 600 Third Ave., Suite 2101, New York, NY 10016 (between E 39th and E 40th Streets). Motley Rice is headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and has additional offices in California; Connecticut; Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; New York; Rhode Island and West Virginia. Motley Rice LLP operates the CA office.

About Motley Rice LLC
Motley Rice is one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ litigation firms and recently named to the inaugural Law360 Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list and National Law Journal Plaintiffs' Hot List. With a tradition of representing those whose rights have been violated, Motley Rice attorneys gained recognition for their pioneering asbestos lawsuits, their work with the State Attorneys General in the landmark litigation against Big Tobacco and their representation of 9/11 families in the ongoing lawsuit against terrorist financiers. The firm continues to handle complex litigation in numerous areas, including securities fraud, antitrust, consumer protection, mesothelioma, environmental contamination; prescription and over-the-counter drugs such as Fosamax®, Pradaxa® and Tylenol®; medical devices such as pelvic mesh; human rights; aviation disasters; and wrongful death. For more information about Motley Rice contact Don Migliori (MA, MN, NY, RI), Kimberly Barone Baden (CA, SC) or William H. Narwold (CT, DC, NY, SC) at 1.800.768.4026. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter.

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