Eliot Turner is a senior associate in the Houston office, where he works in the antitrust disputes group and represents clients in defending and prosecuting claims under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, as well as Section 7 of the Clayton Act and state antitrust laws. Eliot also counsels clients on antitrust issues, including requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Impovements Act, and represents them in government investigations.
Eliot returned to the firm in 2012 after completing two federal clerkships. From 2010 to 2011, Eliot clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, and from 2009 to 2010, he clerked for Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Eliot is an executive editor of Litigation, the journal of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation. He is also the chair of the Houston Bar Association's Antitrust Section.
Eliot is member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars. He is also admitted to practice before the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, the US District Court for the District of Columbia, and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and has appeared in various federal courts throughout the country.
JD, with Honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2008
BA, History, Rice University, 2005
While at The University of Texas, Eliot was an Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review and a member of the school's Supreme Court Clinic, in which he co-authored petitions for certiorari, merits briefs, and amicus briefs filed with the US Supreme Court.
In the spring of 2004, Eliot took courses in Mexican politics and history at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. At Rice University, Eliot studied history and was a captain of the Rice men's soccer team.
- Counsel for disposable contact lens manufacturer in putative antitrust class actions (consolidated in a multidistrict litigation) where plaintiffs allege horizontal price fixing and vertical resale price maintenance claims
- Counsel for hospital system in antitrust action alleging merger-based claims under Sherman and Clayton Acts
- Counsel for international power tool manufacturer in antitrust action alleging a group boycott of plaintiff's patented technology; after sucessfully obtaining summary judgment, the judgment was affirmed on appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Counsel for national steel service center in antitrust action alleging group boycott of competitor
- Counsel for several financial institutions in opt-out litigation related to alleged price fixing in credit card industry
- Counsel for defendant international energy company in fraudulent transfer litigation arising out of former subsidiary's bankruptcy, in which litigation trustee sought more than $1.5 billion; after obtaining summary judgment on primary claims; case settled on favorable terms
- Counsel for defendant international energy company in one of the first Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation cases; after successfully obtaining dismissal of the case in the district court because the statute was held not to apply extraterritorially, the judgment was affirmed on appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on the alternative ground presented to the district court that the plaintiff did not meet the statutory definition of "whistleblower"
- Counsel for international manufacturing company in case brought under the Alien Tort Statute; case was voluntarily dismissed after hearing on defendant's motion to dismiss
- Counsel for international energy company in qui tam case regarding company's offshore production platform where total damages claimed were more than $250 billion; obtained summary judgment on all claims
- Co-counsel for hospital system in antitrust action alleging group boycott brought in Texas state court by physicians investors in physician-owner hospital; case resulted in defense verdict
- Counsel for directors of publicly traded company in multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation and prosecution; negotiated favorable plea bargain to misdemeanor charges
- Co-authored amicus briefs filed in US Supreme Court in support of respondents in Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 cases
- District of Columbia Bar
- Texas State Bar
Rankings and recognitions
- Texas Rising Star, antitrust litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2018
- Texas Bar Fellows
- "Caught in Traffic: Learning Judgment on the Fly," Litigation (Fall 2015).
- Co-author, "New Antitrust Confidentiality Waiver: Proceed With Caution," Law360, October 25, 2013
- Co-author with Don DeGabrielle, "Ethics, Justice, and Prosecution," 32 The Review of Litigation 279 (2013)
- Co-author, "Fulbright Team Files Amici Curiae Briefs on Behalf of Over 60 Public Interest Organizations in DOMA and Proposition 8 Cases," Fulbright Briefing, March 6, 2013
- Co-author with Don DeGabrielle and Darryl Anderson, "Government's Burden to Prove Facts Underlying Criminal Fines Is Heightened," Fulbright Briefing, June 25, 2012
- Assistant Editor, Bryan A. Garner, Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (3d ed. 2011)
- Contributor, ABA Energy Antitrust Handbook (Darryl W. Anderson, ed., 2d ed. 2009)
- Co-author with Marc R. Rosenblum, "Solving the Unauthorized Migrant Problem: Proposed Legislation in the United States," Migration Information Source, September 2005
Memberships and activities
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