Philip S. Van Der Weele - K&L Gates

Philip S. Van Der Weele

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Mr. Van Der Weele has been an antitrust and commercial litigator and an antitrust counselor for more than 30 years. His antitrust litigation experience includes many high stakes monopolization/attempt cases, price fixing cases, and contested merger cases. Mr. Van Der Weele’s background in economics and mathematics has enabled him to work substantively and efficiently with both experts and client representatives on issues such as market definition, barriers to entry, competitive effects, and financial models.

In addition to litigating antitrust cases, Mr. Van Der Weele has also counseled clients, many with annual sales over $1 billion, on a wide range of antitrust matters. These matters include mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; collaborations between competitors; arrangements among health care providers analyzed under the 1996 USDOJ/FTC “Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care”; the interface between intellectual property and antitrust law; tie-ins; parts and services aftermarkets; vertical restraints and resale pricing policies; dealer terminations and other refusals to deal; Robinson-Patman compliance; non-compete agreements; conduct at trade association meetings; and civil and criminal state and federal antitrust investigations. Mr. Van Der Weele has also created client antitrust compliance programs, trained employees on antitrust compliance, and spoken at numerous CLE programs on a variety of antitrust topics.

Mr. Van Der Weele has also handled business litigation cases in a number of areas, including Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, non-UCC contracts, indemnity agreements, construction lien foreclosure, shareholder disputes/corporate governance, business valuation, business torts, statutory unlawful trade practices, and trademark infringement.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker at numerous Antitrust Continuing Legal Education Programs sponsored by the Antitrust Section of the Oregon State Bar
  • Panelist, IBC Legal Conferences “Advanced U.S. Antitrust Conference” (San Francisco, February 6, 2014)

Calvin CollegeBA 1981University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1984
Oregon State BarAmerican Bar AssociationOregon State Bar AssociationOregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Client Comments

"I have been working with Phil Van Der Weele from K&L Gates LLP for over 10 years. Phil is a "can do", "pro business" attorney who always finds the legal way to support the business and facilitate transactions in the most professional, effective, and straight forward way. Phil is blessed with the unique talent to thoroughly analyze complex legal/business matters and transform them into clear, simple, and easy-to-implement guidelines. His vast antitrust law knowledge and real-life legal (and litigation) experience are impressive. Phil is always accessible and he timely responds to all inquiries. His professionalism provides his clients with the comfort that they can focus on the business while Phil will take care of the rest. I highly recommend Phil and know his clients won't regret leaving their most important matters in his skillful hands."

-Ariela Dvorkis
Corporate Counsel, Commercial , with a focus on Indirect Sales (Channel Partners Program.)
Motorola, Inc.

"Philip Van Der Weele is an extremely knowledgeable, highly intelligent, and easy to speak to attorney."

-John Cody
General Manager

"Phil's experience, candor, and intelligence make him a trustworthy partner analyzing antitrust issues. He communicates capably to boil complex issues down to simple decisions. He takes professionalism seriously, which is a valuable commodity practicing in the Northwest."

"Phil Vanderweele in K&L Gates' antitrust practice provides a depth of advice that is valuable as in-house counsel as well as offering business guidance as much as legal analysis. His approachable demeanor in adversarial situations is especially appreciated."

-Spencer W. Leese
WaferTech LLC

"Phil Vanderweele strikes the right balance as an advocate and an advisor, using his experience to both resolve and educate us on our legal matters. His integrity and professionalism make him a pleasure to work with (especially when confronting a difficult opponent) and easy to trust. Phil also regularly takes the time to speak to young lawyers in our community. "

"I have had the pleasure of working with Phil for several years. Phil is an expert in his field who also has that rare ability to explain complex legal issues to non-legal audiences. "

-Angela Morrill
Associate General Counsel

Office Location

One Southwest Columbia Street, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97258
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Antitrust Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Portland-OR Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Antitrust Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Philip S. Van Der Weele has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Philip S. Van Der Weele has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Philip S. Van Der Weele has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Philip S. Van Der Weele has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Antitrust Law (Antitrust/IP Intersection, Counseling, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Robinson-Patman Compliance, Trade Regulation, Vertical Restraints)
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Antitrust

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