Sami H. Rashid is a partner in the firm’s New York office and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition practice. Sami has extensive experience on both sides of the “v.”, representing both corporate plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and other complex commercial litigation, including class actions. Sami has significant experience leading the defense of corporations accused of price-fixing and other anticompetitive acts, and has helped corporate defendants avoid antitrust liability altogether. At the same time, Sami has helped plaintiffs recover hundreds of millions of dollars in antitrust lawsuits.
Sami has been named by Legal 500 USA as a Recommended Lawyer in the Antitrust Litigation in both the Plaintiff and Defense categories. He has also been named one of LawDragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers for the past three years.
In addition to his strong commercial litigation expertise, Sami served as a policy and legal officer for the United Nations in Amman, Jordan from 2014-2015.
Sami received his J.D, cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 2005.
- Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
- JBS USA
- Mercedes-Benz USA
- Olin Corporation
- SUEZ North America
- Successfully represented Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in antitrust and RICO class action in which plaintiffs sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. In 2016, Sami and other members of the team obtained dismissal of all claims against FIFA.
- Currently serving as co-lead counsel for investors alleging manipulation of the London Gold Fixing, an international pricing benchmark for gold, by several major banks. Settlements totaling $152 million were reached with the defendant banks.
- Currently defending one of the largest pork producers in the United States in a series of civil antitrust cases alleging a conspiracy among pork producers to constrain output and raise prices.
- Currently defending one of the largest beef producers in the United States in a series of civil antitrust cases alleging a conspiracy among beef producers to constrain output and raise prices.
- Successfully represented major private water company and direct purchaser class in antitrust class action against water chemical manufacturers.
- Currently defending Norwegian salmon producer in putative antitrust class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix salmon prices.
- Currently representing numerous major companies against the four major U.S. freight railroads for violating the federal antitrust laws by colluding to use fuel surcharges to impose inflated rail freight rates.
- Part of a trial team that successfully represented Solutia Inc. in an action for specific performance of a $2 billion exit financing facility that had been guaranteed by certain banks, with the case settling favorably on the eve of closing arguments.
- New York University School of Law
(J.D., cum laude, 2005)
- University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies)
(M.A., with distinction, Chinese Studies, 2002)
- Cornell University
(B.A., Government, 1998)
- The State Bar of New York
- United States District Courts:
- Southern District of New York
- Eastern District of New York
- Western District of New York
- United States Court of Appeals:
- District of Columbia Circuit
- Second Circuit
- Shearman & Sterling LLP:
- Associate, 2005-2007
- United Nations Relief and Works Agency:
- Legal/Policy Officer, 2014-2015
- Ranked by Legal 500 USA, Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense, Plaintiff, 2023
- Ranked by Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers Guide in Commercial Litigation, esp. Antitrust, 2023
- Ranked in Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Plaintiff by Legal 500, 2022
- Ranked in Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense by Legal 500, 2022
- Named one of Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers, 2020, 2021, and 2022