Veronica S. Lewis is a litigation partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas office. She regularly serves as lead trial counsel on highly complex matters in a wide variety of disciplines, including antitrust, intellectual property, class actions, and commercial/business disputes. She serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee and is nationally recognized for her abilities and accomplishments as a trial lawyer.
Global Competition Review named Ms. Lewis to its top Women in Antitrust 2016 list, which featured 100 women at the helm of law firms’ competition practices around the world. The list highlighted women at the forefront of the field, or who have acted on precedent-setting antitrust cases across industries.
BTI Consulting named Ms. Lewis to its 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars list, and, in 2015, to its list of Client Service All-Star MVPs. The list features an “elite group of standout attorneys” identified by corporate counsel as those who provide “the absolute best client service,” demonstrating attributes such as “putting the clients’ needs first, understanding the clients’ legal and business objectives – and how legal advice impacts them, responsiveness, anticipating the needs of clients – and proactively solving or preventing issues, achieving the clients’ targeted goals.” She has been recognized for her antitrust work by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2010-2017 and named to “The Defenders,” list of the best defense lawyers in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal in 2009 as a result of the unanimous defense verdict she obtained when representing writer, producer, director, and actor Tyler Perry during trial of a copyright infringement claim in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She was also named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Antitrust (2013-2018). Texas Lawyer named Ms. Lewis one of the Extraordinary Minorities in Texas law in 2015, and Dallas Business Journal named her one of the leading Women in Business in North Texas in 2011.
Ms. Lewis previously served as general counsel of the nation’s largest healthcare Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), and in that role, she had overall responsibility for all legal matters as well as for advising the company’s senior management, board of directors, and business units regarding the myriad of antitrust, legislative, procurement, and compliance issues it faced. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2011, she was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins, where she was a member of that firm’s Management Committee and Co-Head of its Antitrust Practice Group.
Ms. Lewis also is a member of several professional organizations: she is a Master in the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn Intellectual Property Inn of Court, a leader in the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas, and a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association Antitrust Section, and the Dallas Bar Association. She is involved in the community and serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Zoo, a Member of the Board of Trustees for Shelton School, and a Member of the Board of Trustees for The Center for American and International Law.
Ms. Lewis received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986. She holds a S.B. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she graduated in 1983.
Ms. Lewis is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, New Jersey and Texas. She is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
- Presently defending a Class 1 railroad in a series of putative class actions consolidated in a multi-district litigation pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging the four (4) U.S. Class 1 railroads conspired to fix the prices of fuel surcharges in violation of Section One of the Sherman Act
- Presently defending a national healthcare company in a putative class action, pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, alleging the defendant hospitals agreed to suppress the wages of registered nurses in violation of Section One of the Sherman Act
- Presently defending the country’s largest shell egg and egg products producer in a series of putative class actions, consolidated in a multi-district litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging producers nationwide participated in a supply-restriction scheme designed to fix the prices of eggs and egg products in violation of Section One of the Sherman Act; the matter raises novel issues about the requirements for, and scope of protection provided by, the Capper-Volstead antitrust exemption that is provided to certain activities of agricultural producers
- Successfully defended a national healthcare company in a class action, pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleging certain hospitals agreed to exchange compensation information among themselves in a manner that has reduced competition among Detroit-area hospitals in the wages paid to registered nurses in violation of Section One of the Sherman Act; settled on favorable terms
- Successfully defended the nation's largest healthcare GPO in a $600 million Eastern District of Texas antitrust action alleging that certain contracting practices constitute unlawful exclusive dealing in violation of Section One of the Sherman Act and challenging bundled discount arrangements under Section Two of the Sherman Act; two co-defendants settled for cash payments of $49 million and $9 million, respectively; GPO client settled the matter days prior to trial with no cash payment
- Successfully defended the nation's largest healthcare GPO in two additional Eastern District of Texas antitrust actions in which the plaintiffs alleged an antitrust conspiracy and a series of allegedly exclusive contracts foreclosed competition and stifled innovation in violation of Sections One and Two of the Sherman Act; both cases settled on very favorable terms prior to initiation of significant discovery
- Represented clients in numerous antitrust cases in the energy, cable television, and healthcare industry on matters involving monopolization, attempted monopolization, tying, and price-fixing claims
- Lead counsel for writer, producer, director, and actor Tyler Perry at trial of copyright infringement action centered on his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” film in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; obtained unanimous defense verdict
- Lead counsel for specialty retailer of fine jewelry in District of New Jersey proceeding where adversary sought preliminary injunction prohibiting millions of dollars in sales on trademark/trade dress infringement claims; defeated preliminary injunction motion
- Prosecuted Lanham Act and unfair competition claims based on false assertions regarding patent infringement on behalf of memory chip manufacturer in the Eastern District of Texas and based on false assertions regarding comparative analgesic efficacy on behalf of over-the-counter analgesic manufacturer in the District of New Jersey
- Defended Fortune 100 telephone equipment manufacturer in nationwide class action alleging false advertising and marketing in New Jersey state court action
- Lead counsel for national railroad company in Northern District of Texas and District of Minnesota proceedings where adversary sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages on trademark infringement claims premised on adversary’s use of internet domain names; obtained summary judgment in both proceedings; secured Fifth Circuit affirmance of Northern District of Texas ruling and Eighth Circuit affirmance of District of Minnesota ruling; also secured denial of petition for certiorari from the Fifth Circuit ruling in the United States Supreme Court; ultimately obtained an order requiring adversary to transfer its internet domain names to the railroad company
- Obtained “prior restraint” temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing publication of information on the Internet in the District of Minnesota; defeated motions seeking to stay the restraint before the Eight Circuit
- Successfully represented marketer of automotive products in patent and trademark infringement action tried in the Northern District of Texas; obtained willful infringement findings and treble damages award
- Successfully defended a national healthcare company in a class action, pending in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans in the State of Louisiana, alleging invasion of patient privacy; settled on very favorable terms
- Successfully represented Fortune 100 company in a dispute with a vendor who had been contracted to develop supply chain software; obtained 85% of the maximum recovery under the limitation of liability without initiating litigation
- Defended Fortune 100 telephone service provider in commercial contract and fraud dispute with a vendor who claimed to have the contractual right to develop video-on-demand and home automation products; obtained summary judgment on vendor's $525 million damages claim; participated in two jury trials on vendor's claims; obtained remittitur of damages after the first trial; second trial limited to damages only and jury awarded less than the remitted damages
- Represented Fortune 100 computer products manufacturer in a dispute with a reprocessor of its computer products; obtained summary judgment that the reprocessor was liable for conversion
- Represented Fortune 100 computer products manufacturer in a theft of trade secret matter that was ultimately settled on very favorable terms
* Includes matters handled prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP