Cody D. Rockey


Antitrust issues are complex and multifaceted. Lawsuits involving alleged anticompetitive conduct can pose existential threats, and deftly navigating competition laws can be the key to successfully closing a deal. When these concerns come to the fore, clients rely on Cody D. Rockey for clarity and favorable resolutions to a full spectrum of antitrust challenges.

Whether representing clients in antitrust matters or in complex commercial litigation, Cody understands that his clients need understandable, actionable guidance to make informed business decisions and chart a course forward. They require counsel who can analyze potential risks and roadblocks and then implement strategies to mitigate the former and overcome the latter. A quick study and intellectually curious, Cody develops a holistic understanding of each client's unique business operations and strategic objectives and how they intersect with the law and the concerns of those who can throw expensive and disruptive wrenches into their plans, including private litigants and government regulators.

A formidable litigator, Cody represents companies from various industries facing anticompetitive conduct claims such as price-fixing, bid-rigging, exclusive dealing, tying, and monopolization.

In addition to his strategic advocacy, Cody leverages his pre-legal work as an expert witness consultant to develop and distill the opinions and testimony that can prove decisive in antitrust cases.

Clients have also called upon Cody to help them develop and implement litigation strategies to defend against a variety of complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts.

With an eye for identifying vulnerabilities and potential problems, Cody is often called upon to advise clients on the antitrust risks associated with mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, including assisting clients in complying with pre-closing notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

Cody also has experience representing clients in pre and post-consummation investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, including responding to second requests and civil investigatory demands.

My clients need to know what to do—and not do—to achieve their business objectives and avoid inadvertent missteps that could get in their way. My job is to quickly identify potential land mines, clearly explain them, and assist my clients in neutralizing them to move forward.
    • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2010, cum laude
    • University of Michigan, B.A., 2004, high honors and highest distinction
  • Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Michigan
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Antitrust Law; Litigation - Antitrust, 2023

    • Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Antitrust Litigation and Business Litigation, 2015-Present
    • Global Competition Review Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defense Team Award, 2019
    • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
    • State Bar of Michigan, Chair, Antitrust, Trade Regulation and Franchising Section, 2020

    • Analyst, applEcon

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