Lin W.Kahn


San Francisco + 1.415.875.5711

Named a "Rising Star" by Law360 in 2021, Lin Kahn is one of only five antitrust lawyers in the country to receive the honor of "Top Attorneys Under 40" this year. Lin has more than a decade of experience in private practice and public service focusing on antitrust litigation and government investigations. Lin spent five years at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she served as lead litigation and trial counsel in the agency's successful challenge to a price-fixing conspiracy and other anticompetitive conduct in the dental industry. As a first-chair trial lawyer, Lin has developed winning litigation strategies, built compelling narratives, delivered opening and closing arguments, examined adverse witnesses resulting in key admissions, and argued motions with success. During her tenure at the FTC, she also led a number of merger investigations in industries such as technology, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and health care.

In private practice, Lin represents clients in government investigations and high-stakes antitrust litigation. She defends clients against claims arising from a broad range of alleged anticompetitive conduct, including no-poach agreements, group boycotts, and monopolization. She also represents clients in merger matters, including vertical merger challenges and transactions involving nascent competition.

Lin received the Janet D. Steiger Award during her time at the FTC.


  • Sutter Health defends antitrust suitsJones Day represents Sutter Health in two antitrust suits brought by putative classes alleging that Sutter has conspired to violate the state and federal antitrust laws with respect to Sutter's provision of health care services in Northern California.
  • Adobe Systems resolves recruiting antitrust litigationJones Day client Adobe Systems Inc. reached a settlement agreement resolving a nationwide antitrust class action brought by current and former employees of Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm or Pixar alleging conspiracy to fix and suppress employee compensation by entering into non-solicitation agreements.
  • Yazaki defends against automotive wire harness antitrust class actionsJones Day represents Yazaki North America and Yazaki Corporation in connection with numerous antitrust class action complaints alleging that Yazaki and other auto parts manufacturers violated the Sherman Act by engaging in bid-rigging and price-fixing in sales of automotive wire harnesses and related products.
  • Intuit defends against employee compensation antitrust class actionJones Day client Intuit Inc. successfully settled an antitrust class action brought on behalf of individuals employed by several technology companies alleging conspiracy to fix and suppress employee compensation by entering into non-solicitation agreements.
  • Aetna wins dismissal of antitrust litigationJones Day won dismissal of an antitrust case brought by four diagnostic testing laboratories alleging that Aetna Inc. and other healthcare payers had entered unlawful exclusive dealing arrangements with Quest Diagnostics.
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital jury verdict in antitrust case affirmed on appealIn April 2012, after nearly seven weeks of testimony and just over a day of deliberations, a jury in Santa Barbara, California, returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and four local neurosurgeons.
  • Adobe Systems obtains dismissal of software antitrust class actionJones Day client Adobe Systems Inc. obtained dismissal of antitrust class action litigation claiming monopolization of the alleged markets for vector graphic illustration software.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland obtains dismissal of certain claims pending in Thornburg bankruptcy caseJones Day obtained dismissal of 22 out of 31 claims for The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc that were filed by the Chapter 11 Trustee in the chapter 11 case of Thornburg Mortgage, Inc.
  • California prisoner wins preliminary injunction against California state prison in religious discrimination actionClient and California state prisoner William Rouser initiated this civil rights lawsuit 17 years ago against the California Department of Corrections ("CDCR"), seeking access to his Wiccan bible, necessary religious supplies, and time for group worship.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 23, 2021
      Big Tech and Antitrust: Understanding Coordinated Enforcement in Tech, California Lawyers Association CLE Program