Charles E. Tompkins - Partner

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Charles Tompkins is a member of the Executive Committee and the chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition practice group.  Mr. Tompkins focuses his practice on crafting practical solutions both inside and outside the litigation context to provide redress for businesses injured by suppliers’ or competitors’ violations of competition law.  Mr. Tompkins also represents businesses and individuals facing liability for alleged antitrust violations or embroiled in complex business litigation.   Sample representations include:

  • Mr. Tompkins currently represents a Fortune 500 electronics manufacturer in global antitrust litigation arising from several alleged conspiracies to fix the price of electronic components.  
  • Mr. Tompkins represents several national retailers in litigation arising from an alleged conspiracy to inflate the price of polyurethane foam.  
  • Mr. Tompkins represented health care providers and pharmaceutical distributors in an antitrust action arising from an alleged anticompetitive agreement to restrict the supply of plasma therapies. 
  • Mr. Tompkins represented an industrial marine products company in an action arising from an alleged bid-rigging scheme.
  • Mr. Tompkins represented Maine blueberry cooperatives that, following a three-week jury trial, obtained a $56 million judgment in an antitrust action arising from an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of Maine blueberries.

Whether representing businesses accused of unfair competition practices or those injured by alleged violations, Mr. Tompkins focuses on working closely with clients to identify and achieve dispute-resolution goals that take into account the business concerns that frequently accompany industry-wide allegations of anticompetitive activity.   Mr. Tompkins and his team have the litigation and trial experience necessary to efficiently resolve complex disputes inside and outside the courtroom.

Mr. Tompkins is a frequent speaker and author on antitrust matters.  Most recently, Mr. Tompkins has spoken on the application of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvement Act (“FTAIA”) to modern global commercial transactions and on the intersection of antitrust liability and domestic and foreign bankruptcy law protections.  Mr. Tompkins is the author of “Innovation Economics and the Law: The Health Care Industry’s Exposure to Antitrust Liability,” published as a Program Paper for the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, and “Damage Issues in Fair Labor Standards Act Collective Action Litigation,” published in the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.  He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers in Antitrust Law and Commercial Litigation. 

Education/Bar Admissions

Mr. Tompkins received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1992 from Colgate University.  He received his J.D. in 1997 from University of Virginia Law School.

Mr. Tompkins is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars.