Ellen Meriwether

Ellen
Meriwether
Partner

Ellen Meriwether has been a litigation partner with Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP since its inception in 1992 and is resident in its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Office.  She concentrates her practice in the area of Antitrust Litigation and has had an active role in many of the firm’s most successful actions including: In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litig. (D.N.J.) (cumulative settlements in an amount in excess of $270 million); Nichols v. SmithKlineBeecham Corp. (E.D. Pa.) (consumer and third party payor settlement of $65 million); In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation (D. Mass.) (consumer and third party settlement of $75 million).

Meriwether has been a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute since 2010 and is currently Articles Editor of the magazine ANTITRUST, a publication by the Antitrust Law Section of American Bar Association. Meriwether is a frequent presenter and lecturer on topics relating to complex, class action and antitrust litigation, including as a lecturer at the George Mason Institute of Law and Economics for Judges.  She has published a number of articles on those subjects including: “The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Rule 23 Amendments:  Are Class actions on the Precipice?”, Antitrust, Vol. 30, No. 2, Spring 2016; “Motorola Mobility and the FTAIA:  If Not Here, Then Where?, Antitrust, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 2015; “Comcast Corp. v. Behrend: Game Changing or Business as Usual?,” Antitrust, Vol. 27, No. 3, Summer 2013; “Class Action Waiver And the Effective Vindication Doctrine At the Antitrust/Arbitration Crossroads,” Antitrust, Vol. 3, Summer 2012; “The Hazards of Dukes: Antitrust Plaintiffs Need Not Fear the Supreme Court’s Decision,” Antitrust, Vol. 26, No. 1, Fall 2011; “Economic Experts: The Challenges of Gatekeepers and Complexity,” Antitrust, Vol. 25, No. 3 Summer 2011; “Putting the “Squeeze” On Refusal to Deal Cases: Lessons from Trinko and linkLine,” Antitrust, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring 2010; and “Rigorous Analysis in Certification of Antitrust Class Actions: A Plaintiffs’ Perspective,” Antitrust, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2007.  Ms Meriwether has also authored several amicus briefs submitted in various Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, including a brief before the Supreme Court on behalf of amicus the American Antitrust Institute in American Express v. Italian Colors.

Meriwether is also active in the Philadelphia legal community most notably as a member of the Executive Board of the Public Interest Law Center.  She was the 2012 Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and has chaired several of its subcommittees. Her professional educational activities also include service for five years as an Adjunct Professor in the honors program of LaSalle University

Since 2010, Meriwether has been included in the US News and World Report Publication of “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Antitrust Law, and she has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” since 2005.  Ms Meriwether has attained the highest rating, “AV”, from Martindale-Hubbell.

Meriwether received her law degree magna cum laude in 1985 from George Washington University, where she was a member of the George Washington Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Her undergraduate degree was conferred with highest honors by LaSalle University in 1981.