Wendell represents businesses and individuals in complex state and federal trial and class action litigation, with particular emphasis in antitrust litigation, antitrust criminal cartel investigations, and white-collar criminal defense.

Wendell is the managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office and a member of the firm’s Competition and Consumer Protection practice. Wendell counsels clients on a full spectrum of antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices issues. Wendell’s clients are drawn from a broad range of industries, including retail and consumer products, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, technology and software, and banking and finance.

Wendell served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice, where he participated in oversight of the Antitrust, Tax and Civil Divisions, as well as the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the Community Relations Service and the United States Parole Commission.

Wendell has extensive trial experience. Wendell served as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he handled all aspects of trial litigation and post-trial motions and arguments. Previously, as a prosecutor in the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Wendell first-chaired dozens of trials.

Committed to pro bono work, he serves as the firm’s coordinating partner for its partnerships with the Clemency Project and with the Federal Public Defender’s Service for the Eastern District of Virginia. Wendell regularly handles protective order hearings for victims of domestic violence in conjunction with Legal Services of Northern Virginia and he obtained a five-figure state court jury verdict on behalf of a tenant in a fraud suit against a notorious Richmond landlord.

Relevant Experience

  • Representing antitrust amnesty applicant in Department of Justice criminal investigation of pricing practices.
  • Representing water works company in Federal Trade Commission antitrust anticompetitive practices investigation.
  • Represented leading Japanese manufacturer in Department of Justice criminal antitrust investigation of pricing practices.
  • Represented leading Japanese manufacturer in price fixing class action.
  • Defended aerospace company in antitrust action challenging exclusive dealing arrangement.
  • Represented an industry-leading manufacturer of horticultural products against alleged vertical restraint on appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended an industry-leading manufacturer of horticultural products against alleged vertical restraint of trade in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that resulted in summary judgment in favor of his client.
  • Represented a putative class of processed milk purchasers in an antitrust conspiracy and monopolization action against milk processors and producers.
  • Developed and conducted a comprehensive antitrust compliance program for a Fortune 500 diversified financial services company's capital markets and municipal finance departments.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest music companies before the Federal Trade Commission in its $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music business of EMI Music. After a Second Request and an extensive investigation, the Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 to close its investigation without requiring divestitures or other remedies.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest supermarket chains before the Federal Trade Commission in connection with strategic divestitures at grocery assets in the United States.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest supermarket chains before the Federal Trade Commission in connection with strategic divestitures at grocery assets in the United States.
  • Conducting FCPA due diligence for a major client’s potential acquisition target.
  • Representing audit committee of a major company in an internal investigation into alleged fraud by a senior executive.
  • Representing commercial tenant in high-profile lease dispute with a major developer.
  • Represented cement and concrete manufacturer in an environmental cleanup dispute.
  • Represented food retailer in breach of contract and intellectual property dispute.
  • Represented several interested third parties in FTC v. Staples and Office Depot.
  • Represented leading food services company in various breach of contract disputes with vendors.
  • Conducted an FCPA audit of an industry leading manufacturer of commercial equipment.
  • Successfully defended a Fortune 500 pork producer against a putative class of hog farmers in an antitrust class litigation.
  • Advised a defense contractor on a cooperation agreement with a federal law enforcement service in a joint effort to expose and prevent international espionage and cyber-attacks.
  • Defended an industry-leading telecommunications company against Robinson-Patman Act antitrust claims in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that resulted in summary judgment in favor of client.
  • Represented a major cigarette manufacturer in litigation involving the United States government regarding manufacturing quality and safety assurances, trade secrets and new product development.
  • Represented an internet/virtual private network company in a misappropriation of trade.

Memberships

  • Member, Dean’s Advisory Committee, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, Military Bowl Board of Directors
  • Past chair, Antitrust Section, Virginia State Bar
  • Past member, Wake Forest University Alumni Council
  • Past member, John Marshall American Inn of Court
  • Past member, Judiciary Committee, Richmond Bar Association
  • Former Bar Grader, Virginia Bar Examination

Insights

  • Events

    • CLE Instructor, Antitrust 101, Philip Morris USA Legal Day, Fall 2009
    • CLE Instructor, Antitrust 101, Washington Metro Area Corporate Counsel Association, Spring 2008
    • Keynote Speaker, First Annual Research Conference, Virginia State University, April 2005
    • Keynote Speaker, Blackwell Elementary School Graduation, June 2004
    • Speaker, “Now More Than Ever - Local Bar Associations’ Relevance to Your Practice and Your Community,” General Session of the Richmond Bar Association’s Annual  Bench Bar Conference CLE Program, October 2002
    • Keynote Speaker, Jackson-Via Elementary School Graduation, June 2002
    • Keynote Speaker, Greene Elementary School Graduation, June 2002
    • Speaker, Roast of and Tribute to the Honorable Robert R. Merhige, Jr., The Emergency Shelter, Inc. November 2001
    • Speaker, University of Richmond School of Law Commencement, July 1998

    Publications

    • Author, Private Actions, Compliance and Awareness: Moving Legal Departments from “Red to Black” on Corporate Balance Sheets, Bloomberg Law Reports, Antitrust & Trade, September 14, 2011
    • Co-author, Litigation Management: Coping With Life As A Plaintiffs’ Lawyer, The National Law Journal, June 28, 2010