The Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Committee focuses on antitrust and related issues of interest to the pharmaceutical and health care industries. The Committee serves to keep the Section membership abreast of current developments in this highly dynamic area of law through, among other things, discussions of recent case law developments at regular bi-monthly meetings, as well as periodic panel discussions and CLE programs involving leading practitioners in the area. Sample topics of discussion include, among other things, the evolving case law relating to challenges to patent settlements under F.T.C. v. Actavis, recent developments in the case law concerning “product hopping,” exclusive dealing arrangements, antitrust investigations in the industry by federal and state enforcers, and antitrust issues pertaining to health care industry mergers and the medical device sector.

The Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Committee offers members the opportunity to become active in the New York Antitrust Bar through program planning and speaking and writing opportunities. It also provides a forum within which its members can connect with fellow practitioners interested in the application of antitrust laws to the pharmaceutical and health care sectors. The Committee welcomes practitioners from a broad spectrum, including plaintiff-side, defense, government, and in-house lawyers.

We encourage those interested in pharmaceutical and health care antitrust to reach out to the Committee leadership to learn more about joining our group.


Dina Hoffer
DOJ Antitrust

Denise Plunkett


Denise Plunkett
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
114 West 47th Street
New York, New York 10036
Office 212.728.2231
Fax 212.728.2201
[email protected]

Denise Plunkett is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience handling an impressive array of high-profile antitrust cases and other high-stakes commercial disputes. Her diverse litigation and counseling practice includes trials and appearances in numerous federal and state courts, international and AAA arbitrations, advocacy before the FTC Bureau of Competition, and appellate and other post-judgment representations. Denise has significant experience and longstanding relationships with leading companies in the payments, financial services, and pharmaceutical industries. She is a trusted advisor to her clients, aggressively representing them in litigation, providing antitrust and regulatory guidance, and helping them to navigate issues related to legal and conduct risk. Denise Co-Chairs the New York State Bar Association Antitrust Section’s Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Committee, and previously co-chaired the Unilateral Conduct Committee. She also is a member of the New York City Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee. She is recognized for her antitrust work by The Legal 500, and regularly speaks and writes in a wide variety of areas, including antitrust developments, litigation practice, gender diversity in the legal profession, and ethics.

Raj Gandesha

Vice Chair

Raj Gandesha
[email protected]
White & Case LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1095
T +1 212 819 8975

Raj is a partner in White & Case’s Global IP Practice Group and Competition Section, where he began his career in 2002. He represents clients in complex intellectual property and antitrust litigations, with a special focus on the pharmaceutical and health care sectors. His pharmaceutical antitrust experience has included litigation of a wide range of issues including pricing, patent procurement and enforcement, challenges to patent settlements, and so-called “product hops.”

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