Robert A. Braun, a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Antitrust Practice Group, focuses on cutting-edge, industry-changing antitrust and class action litigation on behalf of individuals and small businesses harmed by price-fixing and other illegal corporate behavior.
Mr. Braun recently helped obtain more than $50 million in settlements in In re Resistors Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.), and has also played significant roles in suits involving anticompetitive behavior in the real estate services industry, LIBOR manipulation ($180 million in preliminary settlements), price-fixing by manufacturers of metal pipes and fittings ($47 million in settlements across two cases), and “pay-for-delay” and other practices by pharmaceutical companies to limit access to less expensive generic drugs.
Mr. Braun is also experienced in international claims litigation, including representing victims of state-sponsored terrorism in suits amounting to nearly $1 billion in judgments.
Currently, Mr. Braun is litigating the following notable matters:
- Moehrl v. National Association of Realtors (N.D. Ill.): Cohen Milstein represents a proposed class of home sellers in litigation against the four largest national real estate services conglomerates, and their trade association. The class alleges that the defendants violated federal antitrust law by conspiring to require sellers to pay the broker representing their homes’ buyer (and to do so at an inflated level). Mr. Braun assists in managing all aspects of the case.
- In re: Iran Beirut Bombing Litigation (D.D.C.): Cohen Milstein represents victims and family members of victims in the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing—the deadliest act of terrorism against Americans prior to September 11, 2001. Mr. Braun manages this litigation, which has resulted in judgments amounting to more than $942 million against the government of Iran.
Mr. Braun also maintains an active pro bono practice. He is currently a member of the legal teams in Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington v. Trump (S.D.N.Y.) and District of Columbia v. Trump (D. Md.), which seek to enjoin President Trump’s unconstitutional receipt of emoluments on behalf of restaurant and hotel plaintiffs and the Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Braun served as a law clerk for Hon. Carolyn Dineen King (5th Cir.), and Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal (S.D. Tex.). He was also an Arthur Liman Fellow at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, where he worked on public interest housing litigation.
Mr. Braun earned his J.D. at Yale Law School and attended Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude. During law school, Mr. Braun was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and a member of the mock trial team.