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Craig L. Caesar

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Craig Caesar is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer whose clients turn to him for assistance on a wide variety of complex business disputes and government investigations.

Featured Experience

Successfully argued before federal appellate court to obtain affirmance of summary judgment in favor of a health care client, resulting in the dismissal of the plaintiff's claim of negligent credentialing.

Prevailed in an eleven-year case on behalf of major marine products manufacturer involving three separate trials on federal and state law liability and damage issues and appeals in defense of Robinson-Patman.

2012

Obtained a unanimous en banc reversal in a health care client's favor of a federal appeals court decision interpreting the Parker v. Brown state action doctrine under the Sherman Act.

Professional Biography

Overview

As a shareholder in our New Orleans office, Mr. Caesar represents regional and national clients in health care, manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services.

Mr. Caesar advises his clients on antitrust, corporate governance and trade regulation matters, advocating for them in state and federal litigation, and defending them against investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice when necessary.

Mr. Caesar acts as lead outside counsel to two national credit data exchanges, and has been involved with them since each was formed more than fifteen years ago. In this role, he is engaged in handling legal issues for each entity, which may include antitrust, intellectual property, contracting, and privacy and data security concerns.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully argued before federal appellate court to obtain affirmance of summary judgment in favor of a health care client, resulting in the dismissal of the plaintiff's claim of negligent credentialing.

  • Prevailed in an eleven-year case on behalf of major marine products manufacturer involving three separate trials on federal and state law liability and damage issues and appeals in defense of Robinson-Patman.

  • Obtained a unanimous en banc reversal in a health care client's favor of a federal appeals court decision interpreting the Parker v. Brown state action doctrine under the Sherman Act.

  • Represented a national PPO in multiple litigation and arbitration matters involving provider/payor disputes.

  • Defeated certification of a nationwide class of patients and providers in health care network litigation.
  • Qui tam litigation defense for health care clients.
  • Representation of clients in grand jury and Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigations.

  • Successful defended against enforcement of implied obligations of "continuous operation" for a worldwide retailing chain.
  • Successfully defended a national feed supplier in distribution litigation.

  • Antitrust counseling of health care clients and trade associations.

  • Represented the acquired party in Department of Justice review of proposed acquisition of Louisiana health insurance plan, including supervision and oversight of Second Request response, leading to termination of investigation and consummation of transaction.

  • Obtained Department of Justice Business Review approval of proposed clinic merger and of credit data exchange creation and expansion.

  • Represented a nationwide PPO in a federal court jury trial involving a contract dispute with a health care provider, along with allegations of civil conspiracy, RICO and other claims. RICO and other claims were dismissed on pretrial motion, while the civil conspiracy claim was dismissed during trial through judgment as matter of law. An adverse jury verdict on breach of contract claim was set aside post-trial through judgment as a matter of law.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Former Member – Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
    • Former Co-Chair – Education Committee, Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
  • Member – Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Member – The Federal Bar Association
  • Member – State Bar of Texas
  • Member – Dallas Bar Association
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Former Chairman – Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    • Former Chairman – Executive Committee of the Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Member – The New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member – Illinois State Bar Association
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Antitrust Law since 2005; Commercial Litigation since 2013 
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine, 2010 – 2017
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007, Antitrust and Health Care Law
  • Listed as among top 50 attorneys in New Orleans by Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Fellow – Litigation Counsel of America since 2009
  • Fellow – American Bar Foundation
  • Recipient – The Louisiana State Bar Association's (LSBA) President's Award, 2015
  • Member – Northwestern University Leadership Council
  • Two-Star Member – Patriots Circle of the National World War II Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1978
    • Law Review
  • Northwestern University, M.A., 1976
    • University Fellow
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1974 with highest honors

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1988
  • Texas, 2007
  • Illinois, 1978
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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