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J. Timothy Hobbs

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Tim Hobbs is a litigator and strategic legal advisor. Judges have praised him for “sterling quality” oral arguments and “excellent” legal writing. Clients trust him with their most complex issues.

Mr. Hobbs has a wide-ranging fisheries practice in which he represents seafood harvesters, processors, trade associations, and environmental groups in litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. A leading trade publication called a recent case he won a “stunning victory for the commercial fishing industry.” Mr. Hobbs is frequently called upon to advise clients on various fisheries laws, treaties and regulations. He has assisted in the design, implementation and defense of novel regulatory programs to solve various problems facing the fishing industry.

Before entering the legal profession, Mr. Hobbs worked for several years in the field of fisheries conservation. He was appointed as a technical advisor to the U.S. delegation to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), appointed to federal advisory panels on fisheries, and testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Fisheries.

Representative Fisheries Work
  • Succeeded in vacating a reallocation of fishing quota from the commercial sector to the recreational sector of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. Guindon v. Ross, No. 1:15-cv-02256 (D.D.C. March 3, 2017).

  • Prevailed in lawsuit against the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on behalf of commercial fishing industry plaintiffs, showing that the government violated numerous provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act by failing to hold the recreational fishing sector to its catch limits.  Guindon v. Pritzker, 31 F. Supp. 3d 169 (D.D.C. 2014).
  • Represented groundfish harvesters and processors who intervened in a legal challenge to Pacific whiting catch allocations and succeeded in upholding the initial allocation formula.  Pacific Dawn, LLC v. Pritzker, 831 F.3d 1166 (9th Cir. 2016).
  • Represented commercial fishing interests in filing amicus briefs in support of a regulatory program to better manage other sectors of their fishery and succeeded in upholding the program against legal challenge. Coastal Conservation Association v. U.S. Dep’t of Commerce, 846 F.3d 99 (5th Cir. 2017).
  • Represented a coalition of fishing industry and environmental interests who intervened in a challenge to individual fishing quota (“IFQ”) and cooperative programs for the Pacific groundfish trawl fleet and succeeded in upholding the program.  Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations v. Locke, 693 F.3d 1094 (9th Cir. 2012).
  • Represented fishing industry and environmental interests who intervened in a challenge to an IFQ program for grouper and tilefish in the Gulf of Mexico and succeeded in upholding the program.  Coastal Conservation Association v. Blank, 2011 WL 4530544 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 29, 2011).
  • Successfully defended client against $4.4 million civil penalty action brought by NOAA for allegedly exceeding crab processing restrictions.
Antitrust and Business Litigation
Mr. Hobbs also handles a variety of business litigation with a particular focus on antitrust and competition law issues. He has successfully defended clients against allegations of price fixing and cartel behavior, conspiracies in restraint of trade, and monopolization. He has also secured merger clearance from the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission for major global transactions.

Representative Antitrust Work
  • Prosecution and defense of claims for conspiracy in restraint of trade, price fixing, monopolization and attempted monopolization involving companies in numerous industries, including wireless communications, LCD panels, software and internet technology, interstate trucking and national security.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of antitrust claims asserted against a global product manufacturer and distributor.  U.S. Ring Binder, L.P. v. World Wide Stationery Manufacturing Co., Ltd., 804 F. Supp. 2d 588 (N.D. Ohio 2011). 
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of antitrust claims against a ski resort involving its provision of housing units and resort services.  Smugglers’ Notch Homeowners’ Ass’n, Inc. v. Smugglers’ Notch Management Co., Ltd., 414 Fed. Appx. 372 (2d Cir. 2011). 
  • Successfully represented Asia-based company in securing pre-merger clearance from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice for $100 million acquisition of U.S.-based company. 

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Trial Practice Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law
  • Member, Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section, Federal Bar Association