Lawrence E. Buterman
As lead trial counsel, Mr. Buterman has achieved victories in some of the most high-profile merger challenges and antitrust conspiracy cases in recent years, and over the course of his career has tried cases to verdict in federal and state courts throughout the country. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Buterman regularly represents clients appearing before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and state attorneys general in both civil and criminal investigations. He also advises multinational companies and business consortia on compliance matters, and represents them in connection with all types of antitrust litigation, including strategic business-to-business litigation, civil and criminal price-fixing accusations, monopolization claims, merger challenges and class actions.
Mr. Buterman has experience handling antitrust matters in a range of industries, including:
- High Technology
- Financial Services
- Industrial Manufacturing
- Consumer Products
Prior to joining Latham in 2014, Mr. Buterman spent several years in the DOJ, as a trial attorney in the Networks and Technology Enforcement Section of the Antitrust Division. In that capacity, Mr. Buterman was responsible for analyzing dozens of merger and conduct matters in the high technology and financial services industries, and litigating several merger and conduct matters on behalf of the United States. He led the DOJ to victories at trial in notable cases including its challenge to an alleged e-books pricing conspiracy and its suit to block an electronic tax preparation merger, and also was a key participant in the DOJ's successful efforts to block a major telecommunications merger. During his time at the DOJ, Mr. Buterman worked closely with the leadership and section management of the Antitrust Division, developing a deep understanding of the government’s priorities and practices related to antitrust enforcement. For his trial victories on behalf of the US, Mr. Buterman was awarded the Antitrust Division’s Award of Distinction in 2011 and 2014, and also was recognized by the New York Law Journal in 2014 as a “Rising Star.”
Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Buterman served as a law clerk to Judge Joel M. Flaum, then chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.