Julian W. Kleinbrodt is an associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He practices in the firm’s Litigation Department, focusing on antitrust and other complex civil litigation.
He has successfully represented clients across several industries through trial and appeal. Recent representative matters include:
- Secured an order setting aside a jury verdict for over $50 million on antitrust and contract claims based on plaintiffs’ fraud on the court in Trendsettah USA, Inc. v. Swisher International, Inc. (C.D. Cal.). The Daily Journal selected this case as one of its Top Verdicts of 2019.
- Prevailed at trial in In re Korean Ramen Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.), securing a complete defense verdict at trial in a first-of-its kind class action trial of direct and indirect purchaser antitrust claims under federal and state antitrust law. The Daily Journal selected this case as one of its Top Verdicts of 2018.
- Obtained complete dismissal of two putative antitrust class actions alleging Section 1 and Section 2 claims in In re Inclusive Access Course Materials Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.).
- Won denial of class certification in Deslandes v. McDonald’s USA, et al. (N.D. Ill.), a putative nationwide antitrust class action challenging alleged restraints in labor markets.
- Won summary judgment in Bailey v. Gatan, Inc., et al. (E.D. Cal.), a False Claims Act case brought by former employees against a scientific instruments company. Julian helped to secure an affirmance of that judgment on appeal, Bailey v. Gatan, Inc., 783 F. App’x 692 (9th Cir. 2019).
- Won denial of class certification on behalf of UPS in a putative class action by Kentucky UPS under the state-law analogue to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Julian helped to secure an affirmance of that order on appeal, Hughes v. UPS Supply Chain Sols., Inc., 2021 WL 3008755 (Ky. Ct. App. July 16, 2021).
- Defended a global software consulting firm through trial in a multi-million dollar dispute involving fraud, trade secret, computer hacking, and other related claims.
In addition, Julian has represented clients in federal and state government investigations concerning employment, antitrust, and other competition issues. He also regularly counsels companies in these areas.
He received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Law in 2014, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served on the Michigan Law Review’s editorial board. Before joining the firm, Julian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.