Alicia Gutiérrez, who joined Cohen Milstein in 2014, is Discovery Counsel and a member of the Antitrust practice group. In her role, Ms. Gutiérrez is engaged in a number of the group’s ongoing cases. Additionally, as a member of the group’s New Case Investigations Team, she identifies and develops potential cases.
Ms. Gutiérrez’s case work in the Antitrust practice group includes the following:
- Sutter Health Antitrust Litigation: Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel in a monopolization case against Sutter Health, a large chain of Northern California hospitals. The case, currently pending in California Superior Court, alleges the company used anticompetitive contract terms and contracting practices to drive out competition and raise prices to insurers, self-insured employers and individual consumers to supracompetitive levels. The class was recently certified and the case is moving forward with fact discovery.
- VFX/Animation Workers Antitrust Litigation: Cohen Milstein acted as one of three court-appointed co-lead counsels in a litigation alleging that the major animation studios conspired to limit the opportunities and suppress the pay of special effects and animation workers by agreeing not to poach each other’s employees. After the class was certified, the case settled for $170 million. Ms. Gutiérrez was engaged in several aspects of the case from filing the complaint through settlement.
Ms. Gutiérrez’s legal practice has focused for more than a decade on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust litigation. She has worked on cases in both state and federal courts, as well as advised clients on investigations and litigation involving government agencies. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Gutiérrez was Counsel and an Associate at two notable firms, where she represented both defendants and plaintiffs. A significant case from one of her prior firms was a single plaintiff antitrust case in the credit card industry, which resulted in a $4 billion settlement. Before embarking on her legal career, she was a financial analyst in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.
Ms. Gutiérrez attended Princeton University, where she graduated with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2002 and her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2002.