Thomas Gilbertsen, who until last month was a partner in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington office, has joined Venable’s antitrust practice as a partner.
Gilbertsen’s practice focuses on antitrust, advertising, privacy and other complex commercial litigation matters, with particular emphasis on consumer class action defense. He has appeared in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country, and has represented clients before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, International Trade Commission and state attorneys general.
In June 2009, Gilbertsen scored a victory on behalf of Synapse Group Inc., a Time Warner Inc. subsidiary, in a dispute over whether Synapse charged for subscription renewals without proper authorization. Gilbertsen convinced a federal judge in New Jersey to deny class certification in the case.
According to his online biography on Venable’s Web site, Gilbertsen has also represented Time Inc., SprintNextel, Burger King, Dell, Michelin, Northrop Grumman, AOL, Bank of America, The Children's Place and Dick's Sporting Goods.
Gilbertsen, who has also worked at Howrey and Collier Shannon Scott, said that he decided to move to Venable because he was attracted to its consumer protection practice and to the firm’s presence in New York and Los Angeles. Venable has 42 lawyers in New York and 35 in L.A.