The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) and the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws (COSAL) are pleased to announce that Lin Y. Chan has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Hollis Salzman Memorial Leadership Award. Ms. Chan will be honored at AAI’s Awards Night on November 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Ms. Chan’s successes include representing California consumers and third-party payors charging that brand name and generic drug manufacturers conspired to restrain competition in the sale of Bayer’s blockbuster antibiotic drug Ciprofloxacin (Cipro). In 2017, plaintiffs in the Cipro case settled with all remaining defendants, bringing the total recovery to $399 million. Ms. Chan won AAI’s Antitrust Enforcement award for “Outstanding Antitrust Achievement by a Young Lawyer” in 2017 for her work on the Cipro drug antitrust cases. She shared Lieff Cabraser’s team award from the AAI’s Antitrust Enforcement award for “Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement” for their work on the Cipro case.
Ms. Chan also represented direct purchasers of titanium dioxide against titanium dioxide manufacturers for conspiring to fix prices. The case settled on the eve of trial in 2013 for $163 million. Ms. Chan currently serves as co-lead counsel representing consumers who allege that the two leading manufacturers and distributors of consumer telescopes conspired to fix prices and monopolize the consumer telescope market in the United States.
Ms. Chan is Vice President of COSAL and a member of the AAI’s Advisory Board. As an officer of COSAL, she helped establish its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to increase engagement by antitrust practitioners from historically underrepresented groups. Ms. Chan also serves as an officer of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.
Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Ms. Chan litigated employment discrimination and wage and hour class actions at Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2008. Ms. Chan received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2007. While at Stanford, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Chan worked as a labor organizer for the Service Employees International Union.
AAI and COSAL created the Hollis Salzman Memorial Leadership Award in 2021 to honor the life of Hollis Salzman, a friend, colleague, and incomparable member of the antitrust community. One of the nation’s leading antitrust attorneys, Ms. Salzman spent more than 25 years litigating some of the world’s largest cases and recovered over $2 billion in settlements for victims of antitrust cartel and unfair competition practices. She was a champion of gender equality and diversity in her profession, embracing her role as a mentor and role model to other female attorneys, and helping to inspire them to shine on their own merit. “Women can succeed and lead blockbuster investigations, even in a male-dominated field, without losing their identity or acting in a way that is not true to themselves,” Ms. Salzman noted. Her tireless dedication to advocating on behalf of women included an extensive pro bono practice representing indigent women and victims of domestic violence. View a video remembrance of Hollis.