Justin W. Bernick | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Justin W. Bernick

Partner Global Regulatory

Bernick Justin

Justin W. Bernick
Bernick Justin
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Justin Bernick defends clients in antitrust lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He helps clients resolve the most challenging antitrust and competition issues, from large class actions to government investigations.

Justin leverages his knowledge of economics and the law to achieve success at the motion to dismiss, summary judgment, and class certification stages. He has won major victories at trial, including defeating DOJ in a 2022 trial challenging the $13 billion merger of UnitedHealth Group and Change Healthcare.  He defeated the FTC in a 2020 trial challenging Thomas Jefferson University's acquisition of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network--the FTC's first hospital merger loss in decades. 

Justin litigates a wide range of antitrust issues, including mergers and acquisitions, price fixing, market allocation, vertical and horizontal agreements, and monopolization, as well as related contract, business tort, and intellectual property claims.  He has litigated some of the largest class actions in the country, including litigation following criminal and civil government investigations.  

Justin represents companies in DOJ, FTC, and state antitrust inquiries, including both merger and conduct investigations.  He assists clients in responding to subpoenas, civil investigative demands, second requests, and other government requests for information. 

Justin's expertise spans various industries, including pharmaceuticals, health care, financial services, food and agriculture, hospitality, and tech. He counsels clients regarding compliance with the antitrust laws, and is co-author of an Antitrust Compliance treatise published by Bloomberg BNA

Dedicated to pro bono, Justin led a team in 2018 that successfully restored asylum rights to a nationwide class of migrant children separated at the southern border.

Justin began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Doumar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Representative experience

Trial counsel for UnitedHealth Group in DOJ lawsuit seeking to block acquisition of Change Healthcare.

Trial counsel for Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in FTC lawsuit seeking to block merger with Thomas Jefferson University.

Represent Agri Stats, a data benchmarking company, in nationwide class actions alleging price-fixing in the chicken, pork, and turkey industries.  

Represent multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance companies in multi-district class action alleging nationwide market-allocation and price-fixing conspiracies.

Represent Choice Hotels in consumer class action and distributor lawsuit alleging a conspiracy regarding online paid search advertising.

Represent global pharmaceutical company in government investigations and class actions alleging price-fixing and unlawful “pay for delay” patent settlements.


Represent Anschutz Entertainment Group and the Coachella Music Festival in antitrust lawsuit challenging radius clauses in artist contracts.

Represent PPG in antitrust claims brought by unauthorized repackager of aerospace sealant and trademark infringement counterclaims.


Represent Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island in lawsuit alleging antitrust conspiracy to prevent hospital system from entering Rhode Island.


Represent trade associations of fertility clinics in class action alleging nationwide conspiracy to fix the price of donated oocytes.


Represent Credit Suisse in multi-district class action alleging antitrust conspiracy to increase the price of credit default swaps.

Represent Daimler Trucks (Freightliner) in multi-district class action alleging antitrust conspiracy to increase the price of truck transmissions.


Represent LabCorp in FTC investigation and subsequent lawsuit seeking to block acquisition of clinical laboratory.


Pro bono representation of putative nationwide classes of asylum seekers in successful lawsuits challenging bars on asylum eligbility for separated children and central American refugees.


Represent S1 in DOJ investigation of US$520m acquisition by ACI.


Represent Verizon in DOJ investigation of US$3.6bn acquisition of spectrum from, and joint sales and research agreements with, cable companies.


Represent AdMob in FTC investigation of US$750m acquisition by Google.



  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., University of Virginia, with distinction, 2004
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Court admissions
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association


Litigator of the Week

The American Lawyer

Rising Star Under 40, Competition


Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions Defense

Legal 500 US

Antitrust: Cartel

Legal 500 US

Washington, D.C. Rising Star

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