Alicia Gutiérrez is Discovery Counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Antitrust practice group. In her role, Ms. Gutiérrez is engaged in a number of the group’s ongoing cases. Additionally, she is a member of the group’s New Case Investigations Team, where she identifies and helps develop potential cases.
Ms. Gutiérrez’s case work in the Antitrust practice group includes the following:
- In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.): Cohen Milstein represents a class of end-user consumers of broiler chicken in a litigation alleging that the defendants, who include Perdue Farms and Tyson Foods, agreed to restrict the supply of broilers, among other things, thereby raising their price to consumers.
- Sutter Health Antitrust Litigation (Sup. Crt., San Fran. Cty., Cal.): Cohen Milstein is part of a small team of firms representing a certified class of self-funded employers and union trust funds against Sutter Health, a large hospital chain in Northern California, for restraining hospital competition through anticompetitive contracting practices. In October 2019, on the eve of trial, the case settled for $575 million and comprehensive injunctive relief. On March 9, 2021 the Court granted preliminary approval of the $575 million settlement. The final approval hearing is scheduled for July 19, 2021.
- Animation Workers Litigation (N.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein served as co-lead counsel representing a class of animation and visual effects workers who alleged that Pixar, Lucasfilm, DreamWorks, Disney and other studios conspired to suppress their pay primarily though no poach agreements. The court granted final approval of $168.95 million in settlements.
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.