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Winston & Strawn healthcare co-leader joins DOJ antitrust team

Signage is seen outside the legal offices of the law firm Winston & Strawn in Washington, DC, U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • David Dahlquist is set to become senior counsel in the Justice Department’s antitrust division
  • Dahlquist is the latest associate law firm to join the division

(Reuters) – David Dahlquist, co-chairman of Winston & Strawn’s healthcare and life sciences group that works on antitrust matters, is leaving the firm to become senior counsel in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice .

Dahlquist’s last day at the firm is Friday, Winston revealed in two papers filed the same day in two different cases in federal court in Chicago on behalf of Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Dahlquist confirmed his new position and declined to comment further. Winston chairman Tom Fitzgerald congratulated Dahlquist on his decision in a statement Friday.

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Winston said in one of the documents filed Friday that although Dahlquist is stepping down, the company will continue to represent NorthShore in a 15-year class action lawsuit accusing it of having an illegal monopoly on healthcare services because of its ownership. of three Chicago-area hospitals. . NorthShore denied the allegations.

Friday’s other filing said Winston, along with Seyfarth Shaw, will also continue to represent NorthShore in a class action lawsuit brought by employees who accused the hospital system of discriminating against them by not granting them exemptions from its vaccine mandate. COVID-19.

NorthShore, which denies the allegations, reached a proposed $10.3 million settlement with the employees on Friday. The deal now requires Federal Court approval.

Dahlquist has worked at Winston & Strawn since graduating from law school in 2001, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In addition to NorthShore, Dahlquist’s customers include Englewood Healthcare Foundation, a New Jersey hospital system that was blocked from merging with Hackensack Meridian Health earlier this year by the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

The two dropped their $439 million merger days after the decision.

Dahlquist’s departure from Winston & Strawn comes as the Justice Department bolsters its antitrust ranks by hiring law firm partners.

The Justice Department’s antitrust case against Alphabet Inc’s Google over its search business is due in late 2023, and scrutiny of major US tech companies continues. Google denied violating antitrust law.

The department will go to trial next week in Washington, DC, in two cases challenging proposed mergers in the publishing and healthcare industries.

Earlier this month, Bonny Sweeney, co-head of the antitrust practice at Hausfeld in San Francisco who has brought cases against major US tech companies, left the plaintiffs’ firm to join the department’s antitrust trial team. of Justice.

Last month, Robins Kaplan’s Aaron Sheanin joined the Justice Department as an antitrust attorney.

A Justice Department spokesperson and the head of its antitrust office in Chicago did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday about Dahlquist’s hiring.

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David Thomas

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David Thomas reports on legal activity, including law firm strategy, hiring, mergers and litigation. He is based in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @DaveThomas5150.