Stephen M Axinn is the senior partner in Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP (Axinn), with offices in New York, Hartford, CT and Washington, DC. Over the course of his career, Mr Axinn has represented many of the world's leading corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of precedent-setting cases in trial and appellate courts throughout the US. He has counseled clients on the antitrust aspects of many of the most significant merger and acquisition transactions over the past 45 years. Mr Axinn is also an experienced antitrust criminal defense attorney.
For many years prior to forming Axinn, Mr Axinn headed the antitrust and trade regulation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles on antitrust subjects. He co-authored the definitive treatise on the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, published by Law Journal Seminars Press.
In 2015, Mr Axinn represented Caraustar and its parent, H.I.G. Capital in the successful acquisition of Newark Paperboard. He has also represented, Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. in its acquisition of Easton Baseball/Softball. He was retained by CircuLite Inc in its acquisition of Heartware. He served as lead counsel to Bemis Company in connection with its acquisition of the assets of Rio Tinto's Alcan Packaging Food Americas' division. He successfully argued and won affirmance in 2011 in the Second Circuit of the summary judgment in favor of the health insurer, GHI in connection with its merger with HIP to create EmblemHealth. In 2009, he was lead counsel to Ball Corp. in its acquisition of certain Anheuser-Busch Inbev aluminum can manufacturing assets.
Other clients have included MasterCard International, McKesson Corp., Zuffa, LLC, ("Ultimate Fighting Championship") and Hollywood Media. In 2006, Mr Axinn represented BellSouth in the merger with AT&T. In 2005, he successfully represented GameStop in its acquisition of Electronics Boutique and Movie Gallery in its acquisition of Hollywood Video. In 2004, Mr Axinn successfully defended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in securing dismissal of a major national class action complaint against it in Federal Court in Washington, DC.
Mr Axinn was lead trial counsel for SunGard in the landmark case of United States v. SunGard (Comdisco) (DDC 2001) in which the Court held, after trial, that the Government had failed in its effort to block the SunGard-Comdisco acquisition. In 1999-2000, Mr Axinn was retained as lead counsel to the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice in connection with the investigation and successful challenge of the proposed merger of MCI-WorldCom and Sprint.
Mr Axinn has been an adjunct professor of law at both NYU and Columbia Law Schools and has frequently lectured on antitrust and litigation issues for PLI and other continuing legal education organizations.