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Rachel Adcox is a standout amongst antitrust practitioners, whether leading clients through complex multidistrict litigation cases or negotiating successful resolutions to criminal and civil matters. Prior to joining Axinn, Rachel was a Trial Attorney at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rachel's work in groundbreaking litigation demonstrates the trust that her clients place in her skill and judgment. Her unique combination of government and defense-side experience allows her to assist clients with a full range of antitrust issues, including corporate counseling, mergers, internal investigations, civil non-merger and criminal cartel investigations and litigation. In each of these areas, Rachel is known for providing practical options for her clients based on their specialized needs and business goals. Currently, Rachel is lead counsel for Tyson Foods in multiple consolidated antitrust class action cases, lead counsel for multiple defendants in the Auto Parts class action multi-district litigation, and co-lead counsel for Independence Blue Cross in the largest class action case in the U.S.

Behind the scenes, Rachel is a trusted confidential adviser and advocate in international cartel and compliance matters before international enforcers such as the Department of Justice, the European Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and the Japan Fair Trade Commission.

Professional Activities

  • Law360 Competition Editorial Advisory Board (2018)
  • Vice-Chair – Competition Torts Committee, American Bar Association Antitrust Section (2015 – 2017)
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Experience

  • Currently representing Tyson Foods in a consolidated treble-damages class action case alleging an industry-wide conspiracy to manipulate the price of broiler chickens.
  • Currently representing Tyson Foods in a consolidated treble-damages class action case alleging an industry-wide conspiracy to manipulate the price of pork by collectively reducing output.
  • Currently representing multiple defendants in the Auto Parts class-action MDL in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Currently representing Redbox in actions challenging Disney’s sales and distribution practices.
  • As part of its long-standing representation of Independence Blue Cross of Pennsylvania (“IBC”), Axinn is currently defending IBC in the recently-filed class-action MDL against the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and individual Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. The lawsuit, which alleges primarily that the plans' designated service areas are anticompetitive, is the most important challenge to the Blue System in its 80-year history.
  • Represented a Japanese auto-parts company in connection with cartel investigations by the DOJ, the European Commission, and the Canadian Competition Bureau.  Axinn negotiated significant reductions in the scope of the U.S. investigation and prevented any adverse action by foreign governmental authorities.
  • Represented Yardi Systems, Inc., a provider of property management software, against antitrust and commercial tort claims brought by Entrata, Inc.
  • Represented George's Foods in the successful defense of its acquisition of a Virginia poultry complex.  The acquisition was challenged by the DOJ after consummation, but settled in George's favor prior to discovery. 
  • Represented a major poultry and livestock processor in a series of DOJ civil investigations of major agricultural corporations.  In each case, Axinn was able to bring the matter to a conclusion without any significant document production or any corporate testimony.
  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, represented a union member in a Duty of Fair Representation suit against his union.  In so doing, Ms. Adcox became one of only a handful of attorneys in the District to successfully litigate such a claim.

Honors

  • In February of 2018, Axinn was nominated for Global Competition Review “Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defence” for its work on behalf of Nishikawa Rubber Company in the Auto Parts litigation.  This award recognizes “creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of a defendant in a private action for cartel damages.”

  • Who’s Who Legal: Competition Future Leaders (2018)
  • Named to "Women Worth Watching 2017" by Profiles in Diversity Journal 
  • Vice Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section's Competition Torts Committee (2015 – 2017)
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, DC Rising Stars (2015-2017)
  • Honored as Empire State Counsel by the New York Bar Association for significant pro bono service
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Peter B. Krauser, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (2007-2008)

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Education

  • JD, with Honors – The George Washington University Law School (2007)
  • BS, with High Honors – Michigan State University (1996)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court District of Columbia
  • US District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court Maryland
  • US Supreme Court