G. Allan Van Fleet - McDermott Will & Emery LLP

G. Allan Van Fleet

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Allan Van Fleet is a partner in the Houston office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.  Chambers USA describes him as an “exceptional commercial litigator who enjoys a fantastic reputation in the antitrust sector.”  His 30+ years of antitrust, litigation, and arbitration victories are highlighted in the Texas Monthly/Super Lawyers article, “Van Fleet’s Grand Feats: A Billion-Dollar Win?  He’s Got Lots of Those.”  In 2010-11 he was Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law.  Best Lawyers in United States named him the 2013 Houston “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year”.

Allan focuses his practice on antitrust, intellectual property, and general commercial litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration.  His antitrust practice includes compliance counseling and advising on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution, and other transactions, as well as representing clients before federal, state, and international enforcement agencies.  His litigation and arbitration experience – representing both plaintiffs and defendants – spans a wide range of industries, including energy, computer hardware and software, internet services, iron and steel fabrication, rail and air transportation, biotechnology, and financial services. 

He is Adjunct Professor of Management at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, where he teaches Antitrust for Business Managers.

Allan is recognized nationally and internationally by Super Lawyers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Competition LawyersChambers USA ranks him in  Band 1 of leading antitrust lawyers in Texas. PLC Which Lawyer? lists him as a leading competition lawyer and among the top 20 “highly recommended” litigators in Texas.  Texas Super Lawyers has repeatedly included Allan among its Top 100 lawyers, in both antitrust litigation and business litigation, and in 2006 named him one of the Top 3 lawyers in Texas.

Allan is an active member of many professional and community organizations.  He is a former  Director of the State Bar of Texas and Member of the ABA House of Delegates.  He is the former President of the United States – Mexico Bar Association and former Chair of the Houston Bar Association Antitrust Section.  He is a former Commissioner of the Texas Access to Justice Commission and currently serves on the Texas Supreme Court Commission on Children, Youth and Families.  He is a director and former Chair of Texas Appleseed.  He is co- founder and General Counsel of African Angels Children’s Fund, which builds and operates secondary schools in Kenya.

Allan has been recognized for his pro bono work over many years.  In 2012, he filed an amicus curiae brief in Fisher v. University of Texas on behalf of the Family of Heman Sweatt, who in 1946 was denied admission to UT Law School for the sole “fact that he is a negro,” leading to the landmark case Sweatt v. Painter.  Of the 91 amicus briefs  filed in Fisher, Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal praised Allan’s as “one of the most powerful briefs on either side,” and Texas Lawyer featured Allan in its the cover story, “Friends and Foes.”

He is admitted to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia and before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, D.C. Circuit, Federal Circuit, and 11th Circuit, and all federal district courts in Texas.  

    ·  Columbia Law School, J.D. 1977 (First in Class;  Columbia Law Review
    ·  Rice University, B.A. 1976 (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)


Rice UniversityBA 1976Columbia University Law SchoolJ.D. 1977
American Bar Association Section of Antitrust LawState Bar of TexasAmerican Bar AssociationU.S. - Mexico Bar AssociationTexs Appleseed Center

Case History

University of Texas v. Kalcorp Enterprises — Defended and successfully settled trademark infringement action against Aggieland Outfitters'' "Saw-Em-Off" parody of UT''s longhorn logo.
Jindal United Steel v. U.S. Steel — Antitrust and breach of contract action against U.S. Steel resulted in settlement freeing over $1 billion in steel plate capacity from restrictive covenants.
Hopwood v. University of Texas — Successfully defended University of Texas Law School affirmative action admissions plan against constitutional attack by white plaintiffs.  Reversal by 5th Circuit was ultimately overturned by Supreme Court in University of Michigan affirmative action cases.
ETSI v. Santa Fe Railroad, et al. — Obtained $1 billion judgment for coal slurry pipeline project against railroads abusing regulatory processes to kill it.  Was the largest antitrust judgment up to that time.

Client Comments

"G. Allan Van Fleet is an excellent anti-trust lawyer supported by excellent junior lawyers."

-Paolo Boni
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"Mr. Van Fleet is an excellent antitrust lawyer."

Office Location

1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 3900
Houston, TX 77002-5005
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Antitrust Law of the Houston Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Antitrust Law of the Houston Metro Area
G. Allan Van Fleet has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!G. Allan Van Fleet has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Antitrust Law (Antitrust/IP Intersection, Arbitration and Mediation, Counseling, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions)
Litigation - Antitrust

Other Information

Gender: Male