Paul M. Eckles
Antitrust, Sports and Complex Litigation Matters
Paul M. Eckles represents a wide variety of clients in antitrust, unfair business practices, consumer fraud and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate court levels. Mr. Eckles also represents clients in connection with government investigations and provides general antitrust counseling.
Mr. Eckles is representing CEMEX, Watson Pharmaceuticals, De Beers, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch in putative antitrust class actions. Other representations include, among others, successfully defending Activision Publishing, Inc. in an antitrust action challenging the purported tying of products; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in a putative antitrust class action brought by resident physicians; officers and directors of Stan Lee Media, Inc. in a securities class action and related commercial litigation; and International Paper Company in an antitrust class action alleging price-fixing.
Mr. Eckles also has extensive experience representing professional sports leagues and teams in complex litigation and arbitration matters. He represented the National Hockey League in connection with the bankruptcy of the Phoenix Coyotes and in antitrust litigation challenging the league’s new media practices. Mr. Eckles was also part of the trial teams that successfully defended the National Football League in actions brought by the Oakland Raiders involving antitrust, contract and fiduciary duty claims, in which the Raiders sought more than $1 billion in damages. He also successfully defended the National Basketball Association in actions involving intellectual property rights relating to NBA players.
Mr. Eckles also actively works on pro bono matters. His representations include successfully defending a nonprofit corporation in an employment matter and representing the proponents of California Proposition 227 in the successful defense of the constitutionality of the initiative.
J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1995 (Order of the Coif)
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1992 (cum laude)