George Sampson

Of Counsel

George Sampson brings 35 years of experience prosecuting complex antitrust cases on behalf of consumers and small businesses. George began his career in antitrust enforcement in 1984, when he joined the New York Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau. He served as an Assistant Attorney General for 10 years – the last two years (1992-1994) as Chief of the Antitrust Bureau. George was the lead trial attorney in a civil bid-rigging action in which he won the state’s first ever bid-rigging jury trial, recovering $7.8 million for the state.

George’s principal experience has been to assist expert witnesses in antitrust cases. He has either taken or defended the deposition of nearly every leading antitrust economist, whether at the class certification stage or the liability and damages phases of complex antitrust class actions. He is conversant with complex economic analyses, econometric damages models, and equally important, translating expert economic analysis into language judges and juries can readily grasp.

Currently George serves as Trial Counsel in the Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation, a class action lawsuit filed 14 years after the original Contact Lens case was tried in 2001. Along with Michael Schrag, he has been principally responsible for all of the expert economics work on the case, including presenting evidence at the two-day class certification hearing. The court’s 178 page order granting class certification has been appealed by defendants.

George Sampson is Of Counsel to Gibbs Law Group and the founding partner of Sampson Dunlap LLP.

Litigation Highlights

  • In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation

    George served as co-lead counsel where he was principally responsible for all expert economic testimony. He successfully settled the case after five weeks of trial for a total recovery in excess of $90 million.

  • In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation

    George was appointed co-lead counsel to the litigation team. His team achieved settlement on the eve of trial for $3 billion, at the time the largest antitrust class settlement ever achieved.

  • McDonough v. Toys R Us

    George took on a “hub-and-spoke” case against Toys R Us for forcing baby product manufacturers to raise prices at competing retailers. Again, George was principally responsible for all expert economic testimony. After extensive discovery and a two-day class certification hearing, the case settled for $35 million.

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  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1977
  • B.A., in Economics, Cornell University
  • American Antitrust Institute, Advisory Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Antitrust and Consumer Protection Committee