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Melinda R. Coolidge

Melinda R. Coolidge

1700 K Street, NW Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006
202.540.7200 ph
202.540.7201 fax
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Melinda Coolidge joined the firm as an associate in January 2009, and has specialized in antitrust/competition class actions, and mass tort/product liability cases. On behalf of plaintiffs, she has litigated at all stages of complex class actions, with experience leading discovery teams, briefing class certification, Daubert, summary judgment and pre- and post-trial motions, and has served on the trial team for two major cases tried to a jury verdict in federal court. In 2014, Ms. Coolidge was named a Rising Star in antitrust in Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers magazine. She is also one of two attorneys at the firm principally responsible for evaluating new potential antitrust cases and recommending a course of action to the firm. 

Representative cases include:

  • In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y.), in which plaintiffs allege that thirty airline defendants fixed prices of surcharges on global airfreight shipments over a six year period, causing class members to pay inflated prices and incur millions of dollars of damages. Settlements with over half the defendants have been approved, totaling nearly half a billion dollars. 

  • In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y.), in which plaintiffs successfully obtained a jury verdict and a judgment of $162 million (after trebling) against Chinese vitamin C manufacturers arguing foreign sovereign compulsion (termed the #13 verdict nationwide in 2013 by the National Law Journal).

  • In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Litigation (N.D. Ala.), in which health insurance subscribers allege that Blue Cross Blue Shield entities have entered into illegal and anticompetitive agreements to divide and allocate the health insurance market into geographic territories across the nation, elimination competition and denying subscribers access to competitively premiums. 

  • In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, in which plaintiffs alleged that hormone therapy products caused their breast cancer.

Ms. Coolidge graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as an editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, and assisted low-income tenants in Washington, D.C. to retain and purchase housing as a member of a student clinic. While at Georgetown Law, she also assisted former FTC Commissioner Robert Pitofsky in publication of his casebook, Trade Regulation, and Where the Chicago School Overshot the Mark, his book on the impact on conservative economic analysis on antitrust law. Before going to law school, she worked at Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy organization.


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2008

Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003

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District of Columbia

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Affiliations & Honors

Member of the American Bar Association

Senior Articles Editor, Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law

Served as a research assistant to Former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, Robert Pitofsky; conducted research for his casebook, Trade Regulation, and for his book on the impact of conservative economic analysis on antitrust law, Where the Chicago School Overshot the Mark

Worked, during summers in law school, at a boutique litigation firm representing whistleblowers against the government and at Heller Ehrman, LLP

Worked at Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy non-profit organization, prior to attending law school


William P. Butterfield, Conor R. Crowley, Melinda R. Coolidge, “Diving Deeper to Catch Bigger Fish,” DESI III Conference, June 2009