Dennis S. Schmelzer


Dennis S. Schmelzer


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
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Dennis S. Schmelzer focuses his practice on antitrust and regulatory matters. Mr. Schmelzer represents clients in all phases of merger and regulatory reviews conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),  the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and foreign competition authorities. Mr. Schmelzer also has considerable experience with criminal and civil investigations and litigation. Mr. Schmelzer’s experience spans a wide range of industries, including aviation, electronics, energy, food products, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. Based on this experience, Mr. Schmelzer has been listed as a Rising Star for Antitrust Litigation in Washington, DC by Super Lawyers Magazine (a Thomson Reuters publication) since 2015.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Schmelzer served as an associate at two other international law firms.


Merger Reviews & Regulatory Proceedings

  • Advised a leading U.S. airline in regulatory proceedings before DOT and foreign competition authorities in connection with applications for antitrust immunity for joint business agreements with international partners.
  • Secured DOJ approval for a leading U.S. airline’s acquisition of a significant equity stake in a regional airline seeking to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
  • Advised C&J Energy Services on its US$2.86 billion combination with Nabors’ completion and production businesses in a transaction that created a leading diversified provider of completion and production services.
  • Secured FTC clearance for a leading midstream services provider’s sale of a refined products pipeline system to a national competitor.
  • Advised Sabine Oil & Gas LLC in its combination with Forest Oil Corporation to form a leader in exploration and production services in East Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
  • Represented the Oman Oil Company, a commercial company wholly owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Oxea, the world’s largest supplier of Oxo chemical products, from Advent International.
  • Counseled St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its US$1 billion sale to Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationally recognized healthcare system.
  • Represented Liberty Dialysis in its US$1.7 billion sale to Fresenius Medical Care North America, the largest provider of dialysis services in the United States.
  • Advised Grupo Bimbo S.A. de C.V. in its US$959 million acquisition of Sara Lee’s North American fresh bakery business.

Government Investigations & Litigation

  • Advised a leading U.S. airline in connection with multidistrict antitrust litigation alleging anticompetitive conduct related to domestic airline capacity.
  • Represented a leading U.S. airline in connection with government investigations into alleged anticompetitive conduct. 
  • Represented Hitachi Ltd. in connection with consumer class actions alleging an international cartel concerning optical disk drives.
  • Represented a Japanese electronics manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary in connection with consumer class actions alleging anticompetitive conduct related to lithium ion batteries.
  • Represented a leading automobile parts supplier and its affiliates in a series of criminal grand jury investigations and civil litigation involving antitrust allegations related to semiconductors and other consumer products.
  • Represented an international corporation and several affiliates in multi-district antitrust proceedings related to LCD panels and products, and assisting with the defense of those entities in a class action antitrust trial.
  • Represented a foreign air carrier in multi-district antitrust proceedings related to air cargo services.
  • Represented a leading pharmaceutical trade association as amicus curiae in Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. v. Apotex, Inc.
  • Successfully defended ITOCHU International Inc. and its subsidiary MedSurg Specialty Devices, Inc. at trial against a US$70 million claim for alleged material breaches of an agreement to distribute medical devices.
  • Advised the audit committee of a telecommunications company in matters related to alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Eastern Europe.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Columbia University, B.A., 2006, cum laude
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. and LL.M., 2009, Chief Executive Editor for the Duke Law & Technology Review and Lead Editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law
  • American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law