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John G. Calender

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John G. Calender, former managing shareholder of the Washington, D.C. office and former member of the Firm's Board of Directors, concentrates his practice in antitrust, commercial litigation, government investigations, and in compliance training and counseling, both domestic and international.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Calender has extensive experience with administrative trials, investigations, hospital mergers, compliance issues and consent orders before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, including both antitrust and consumer protection matters such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Mr. Calender regularly counsels clients on antitrust issues including antitrust/intellectual property issues, international antitrust issues, antitrust exemptions, health care and distribution issues, trade association issues and on a variety of other matters, including advertising substantiation, unfair trade practices and contract disputes.

He also counsels clients on a variety of other federal compliance issues, including anti-bribery laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, import/export laws, and lobbying and ethics laws and rules.  He has made presentations to Congressional staff, responded to Congressional inquiries and conducted internal investigations on behalf of major financial institutions and manufacturers. 

Mr. Calender's litigation experience includes the management of large teams of attorneys, experts, economists, paralegals and support staff in complex litigation and class action suits in federal and state courts, as well as in agency investigations.  He has successfully defended major Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice antitrust trials and investigations involving merger cases (both horizontal and vertical), price fixing, market allocation, benchmarking, monopolization and price discrimination.  He has also responded to inquiries from various State Attorneys General.

Mr. Calender's substantial commercial litigation experience includes insurance coverage cases on behalf of insureds (Aetna Casualty Surety Co. v. Abbott Laboratories, et al., 636 F.Supp. 546 (D. Conn. 1986)), defense of numerous product liability cases brought by state and local governments, representing a large utility company in a product liability case against the manufacturer of nuclear steam generators (South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. v. Westinghouse Electric Corp., 826 F.Supp. 1549 (D.S.C. 1993)), prosecuting a lawsuit on behalf of a major corporation involving breach of contract, fraud and issues regarding piercing the corporate veil and mortgage lending litigation.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Antitrust Litigation (2013 – 2018)
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. Office Pro Bono Award (2009, 2012, 2013)
  • Named an Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News (2007)
  • Member – Competition Editorial Advisory Board, Law360  (2010)
  • Recipient – Extraordinary Performance Award in Recognition of Outstanding Work in the Homeless Community from The Community for Creative Non-Violence, largest homeless shelter in the U.S. (2010)
  • D.C. Bar Pro Bono High Honors (2017)
  • Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll from D.C. Court of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court for "remarkable pro bono service to our neighbors in need" (2012 – 2016)
  • Member – Baker Donelson Pro Bono Committee
  • Former President – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, extensive involvement with youth groups and assisting individuals in need
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association (Antitrust Group)
  • Member – Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Former member of Baker Donelson's Board of Directors 
  • Speaker at various seminars within his practice areas
Publications
  • Contributor – "The CFPB - A Powerful New Cop," Mortgage Banking (September 2013)
  • Co-author – "CFPB Demonstrates its Broad Scope," CFPB Focus News (September 2013)
  • "Explaining U.S. Antitrust and Baseball," Law360 (December 2011)
  • Co-author – "Growing Foreign Prosecutions Under FCPA-Style Laws," Law360 (August 2011)
  • "The New Tag Team: Antitrust And FCPA," Law360 (May 2011)
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist – "Competition or Regulation? State COPA Laws and Hospital Mergers," AHLA and ABA Section of Antitrust Law 2018 Antitrust in Healthcare Conference (May 2018)
  • Co-speaker – "The Rise in Simultaneous Antitrust and Anti-Corruption Investigations," American Conference Institute FCPA Conference, New York (May 2015)
  • "June Antitrust Update for In-House Counsel," Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association (July 2012)

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