Overview

Richard H. Cunningham’s practice focuses on antitrust and consumer protection law. Rich has extensive experience securing clearance for deals from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ), navigating FTC and DOJ investigations, and representing clients in government, competitor, and class action litigation involving antitrust and/or consumer protection claims.

Rich began his legal career at the FTC, serving as a Staff Attorney and then as Senior Trial Counsel in the Bureau of Competition. At the FTC, Rich was a senior member of multiple litigation/trial teams, including in FTC v. OSF Healthcare System, FTC v. ProMedica, FTC v. LabCorp, and FTC v. Inova Health System, and the landmark FTC v. Whole Foods merger enforcement case. Rich also led high-profile FTC investigations that resulted in consent decrees/settlements, including DaVita/Gambro, Thermo Electron/Fisher Scientific, and Agilent/Varian. Rich received several awards during his tenure at the FTC, including the Director’s Award in 2008 and 2010 for exceptional contributions to the Bureau of Competition and the Stephen Nye Award in 2007 for outstanding performance by a junior attorney.

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Publications

“Seventh Circuit Sets Up Potential Supreme Court Review of FTC Monetary Relief Authority,” Antitrust (forthcoming, Fall 2019)

“Next Stop, Supreme Court?: Seventh Circuit Goes Its Own Way on FTC’s Authority to Obtain Monetary Relief,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (September 3, 2019)

“Taking Stock of FTC Cybersecurity Enforcement after the Equifax Settlement,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (August 7, 2019)

“Updated Vertical Merger Guidelines May Be on the Horizon,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (April 24, 2019)

“Third Circuit Limits the FTC’s Authority to Challenge Ceased Conduct,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (March 20, 2019)

“Ninth Circuit Judges Call for En Banc Review of the Federal Trade Commission’s Authority to Obtain Monetary Relief,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (January 15, 2019)

“Lessons from FTC’s Loss in, and Subsequent Abandonment of, DirecTV Advertising Case,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (October 23, 2018)

“The Eleventh Circuit Limits the FTC’s Authority to Challenge Practices as ‘Unfair’” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (June 21, 2018)

“Are Disgorgement’s Days Numbered? Kokesh v. SEC May Foreshadow Curtailment of the FTC’s Authority to Obtain Monetary Relief,” Antitrust (Spring 2018)

“Tronox/Cristal Merger Fight Highlights the FTC/DOJ Divide in U.S. Merger Control Proceedings,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (April 9, 2018)

“Influencer Marketing Remains in FTC’s Crosshairs,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (January 10, 2018)

“FTC Pharma Workshop Focuses on Supply Chain Issues and ‘Gamesmanship’ of FDA Regulation,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (December 15, 2017)

“FTC’s Action against ‘Repetitive’ Filing of Citizen Petitions Reflects Expanding Pharma-Sector Enforcement Program,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (October 16, 2017)

“FTC Takes a Commendable First Step Toward Reducing the Burden of Consumer-Protection Investigations,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (August 14, 2017)

“Will “Kokesh v. SEC” Put a Kink in the Federal Trade Commission’s Disgorgement Hose?” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse Blog (July 10, 2017)

“FTC Targets Native Advertising,” Law Week Colorado (May 30, 2016)

“Expanded Enforcement of Federal False Claims Act, RICO, and Antitrust Law Changes the Legal Landscape for Healthcare Providers,” The Colorado Lawyer (December 2015)

“Making Sense of a Morass: An Overview of the Different Standards U.S. Government Agencies and Other Entities Are Developing to Regulate Cybersecurity,” Privacy and Security Law Report (November 23, 2015)

“FTC Antitrust Statement Offers Little Clarity,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (August 20, 2015)

“The Federal Trade Commission’s Enforcement of Data Security Standards,” The Colorado Lawyer (June 2015)

“Effective Defenses of Hospital Mergers in Concentrated Markets,” Antitrust (Spring 2013)

Recognition

Euromoney “Best in Antitrust/Competition” among Americas Rising Stars

Law Week Colorado “Barrister’s Best: Best Antitrust Lawyer” for 2018

Denver Business Journal “40 under 40” business leader for 2018 

Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Colorado in 2017 and 2018 for antitrust litigation

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Admitted only in Colorado and practice is supervised by principals of the firm.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude2004
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillB.S.with Highest Honors2001

Selected Professional Activities

Editor, Von Kalinowski, Antitrust Laws and Trade Regulation: Desk Edition (Lexis-Nexis) (2013–2019)

Regular Contributor, The Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Pulse blog (2017–present)

Vice Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section (2016–2019)

Board Member, Colorado Humanities, Non-profit dedicated to improving literacy and the study of humanities in Colorado (2015–2018)

Adjunct Professor, Denver University Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO, (co-taught upper-level antitrust and competition law course from 2013–2015)

Chair/Moderator, “Joint Ventures – Keeping Competitor Collaborations Compliant,” ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2017)

Moderator, “Effectively Using Data and Econometrics in Consumer Protection Matters,” ABA Antitrust Section Panel Discussion, Denver, CO (2017)

Program Moderator and Panelist, “Advertising Law 2016,” Colorado Bar Association, Denver, CO (2016)

Panelist, “Cross-Market Provider Mergers,” ABA Antitrust in Healthcare Conference, Washington, D.C. (2016)

Panelist, “Litigation Strategies for Mergers,” Global Competition Review Live, 5th Annual Antitrust Leaders Forum, Miami, FL (2016)

Panelist, “The Steris-Synergy Case: A Post Mortem,” ABA Antitrust Section Panel Discussion, Washington, D.C. (2015)

Instructor, CLE, “New Threats from Old Statutes – Expanded and Reinvigorated Enforcement of the RICO and the Federal Antitrust Laws Against Health Care Providers,” Colorado Bar Association, Denver, CO (2015)

Panelist, “Protecting the Castle: Defending Against Data Security and Privacy Risks,” Association of Corporate Counsel, In-House Counsel Forum, Denver, CO (2015)

Panelist, “Emerging Standards and Legal Development in Cybersecurity,” American Intellectual Property Law Association 2014 Trade Secret Law Summit, Santa Clara, CA (2014)

Guest Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA (2013); Georgetown Univ. McDonough School of Business, Washington, D.C. (2012)