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Lauren Norris Donahue

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Lauren Norris Donahue is a partner in the firm’s antitrust, competition & trade regulation practice group.  She focuses on complex civil litigation, government enforcement, and white collar criminal defense, particularly in the areas of antitrust, cartel and trade regulation. She has successfully represented both U.S. and international companies and executive officers in federal and state court cases and class actions, grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions involving antitrust claims, merger violations, securities fraud, FDA violations, health care fraud, and consumer fraud.

She also has significant experience in conducting internal investigations for major domestic and international corporations.  In this role, she has participated in the preparation of investigation reports, interviewed senior executives and witnesses, and managed complex international e-discovery review and production.

Ms. Donahue also advises corporations and non-profit organizations on antitrust compliance programs and best practices.  She has been involved in every aspect of this process: from drafting, to implementing, to auditing, to defending compliance programs before the Department of Justice. 

In addition, Ms. Donahue counsels clients on antitrust, competition and trade regulation matters, particularly in the area of health care. She has helped guide the firm’s health care clients through antitrust matters, including joint ventures and clinical integration.

Ms. Donahue’s commitment extends to providing pro bono legal services.  She has successfully represented several individuals seeking asylum in the United States and she regularly volunteers at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

In 2018, Ms. Donahue was recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner in Illinois by Chambers USA. For the past four years, Ms. Donahue was selected by her peers for inclusion as a “Rising Star” in Illinois for Antitrust Litigation, in addition to being selected as an Emerging Lawyer in the areas of Antitrust Law and Criminal Defense Law: White Collar by the Leading Lawyers publication.

In 2016, the K&L Gates Chicago antitrust and competition group was recognized as the “Cartel & Trade Regulation Law Firm of the Year in Illinois” by the international review and assessment programs of both Corporate INTL Magazine and Global Law Experts.

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Professional Background

Ms. Donahue was a summer associate at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd in 2006. During law school, she was a judicial extern to the Honorable Ronald Guzman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Also, she was a law clerk for a small insurance defense firm in Chicago throughout law school.


  • Listed by Chambers USA (2018) as an “Up and Coming” lawyer for Antitrust in Illinois
  • Named an “Illinois Rising Star” in the area of Antitrust Litigation by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015-2018
  • Named an “Emerging Lawyer” in the areas of Antitrust Law and Criminal Defense Law: White Collar by Leading Lawyers, 2015-2018

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section and Young Lawyers Division
  • Illinois Bar Association, Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section (Council Member)
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law Young Alumni Events Committee Member

Speaking Engagements

  • “Antitrust Compliance: Developments, Best Practices and New Approaches,” The 33rd Annual Antitrust and Consumer Protection Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 2, 2016 (co-presenter)
  • “Business Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Japanese Companies in an Era of Increased Antitrust Enforcement,” K&L Gates Event, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, September 2016 (co-presenter)
  • "Business Risks and Mitigation Strategies in an Era of Increased Antitrust Enforcement,” K&L Gates Event, Chicago, November 2015 (co-presenter)
  • “Cartel and Criminal Practice Update,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee, March 2015
  • "Federal and State Regulation of Food," Feeding America, Chicago, January 2009 (co-presenter)

Additional Information

  • "FTAIA Case Update: Seventh Circuit Decision in Motorola," Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp, European Competition Law Review, 2015
  • "Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Poses Significant Risks for FDA-regulated Industry," FDLI Update, November/December 2015
  • “Antitrust Compliance: Practical Ways to Mitigate Antitrust Risk,” K&L Gates’ Global Boardroom Risk Solutions Newsletter, December 2014 (co-author)
  • “Exclusive Dealing: An Antitrust Analysis,” The 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Spring 2013
  • "Highlights from the FTC’s Recent Workshop on Preventing Patent “Hold-Ups” in the Standard-Setting Context,” ABA Antitrust Section, Joint Conduct Committee E-Bulletin, Fall 2011
  • “Foreign Investment Update: Proposed Regulations to the Recently Amended Exon-Florio Provision,” Client Alert, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group, May 2008
  • Represented U.S. and international companies and executive officers from the United States, Germany, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands in criminal antitrust and cartel matters. Recent engagements have involved automotive parts and components, pharmaceutical products, electronic components, agricultural products, manufacture and sale of ice, and municipal and public finance.
  • Represented Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC in the criminal antitrust investigation that was conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Also, participated in the coordination of the company’s response to investigations in other jurisdictions. Bosch is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive parts.
  • Represent international companies in federal antitrust class actions. Recent engagements have involved the pharmaceutical, containerboard, automotive parts, and capacitor industries.
  • Advised corporations and non-profit organizations on antitrust compliance programs and best practices.
  • Advised health care providers in the development of Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs), as well as other antitrust regulatory matters.
  • Advised national corporations on Hart-Scott-Rodino compliance; drafted and filed Hart-Scott notifications with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.
  • Represent companies in investigations of mergers and acquisitions brought by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Advised a large area hospital on antitrust matters arising from the proposed construction of a new facility, with particular focus on the sham and misrepresentation exceptions to the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine.
  • Counseled a private cancer treatment center on antitrust matters relating to sham litigation and assisted the center in obtaining a Certificate of Need from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.
  • Represented one of the world's largest construction equipment companies in various litigation matters, including a national class action suit before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation.
  • Represented several pharmaceutical and medical device companies in both government and internal investigations involving product defects and off-label promotion of prescription drugs.
  • Represented an international chemical corporation in an EPA criminal investigation involving violations of the EPA regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Assisted an international pharmaceutical company in securing a preliminary injunction and a finding of contempt in a multimillion dollar trademark infringement, breach of distribution agreement suit; assisted in hearing preparation, research, document review and appeal process; drafted numerous motions and memorandums; coordinated filing of brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.