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Wendelynne J. Newton

Wendelynne J. Newton

Executive Shareholder

Pittsburgh, PA

How Wendy Helps Clients

Wendy is nationally recognized in and is passionate about antitrust law. She focuses on antitrust and trade regulation issues, in the litigation, transaction and counseling contexts.

She has handled hundreds of litigation and antitrust matters and has been successful in persuading the government (DOJ, FTC and state attorneys general) not to challenge the majority of the transactions in which she has been involved. Just in the last 10 years, she has handled the antitrust aspects of more than 100 mergers and acquisitions in the consumer products, healthcare and other industries.

I love what I do. And I want to represent my clients forever.

Wendy has represented clients being investigated by the federal antitrust agencies and state attorneys general and those involved in government investigations of others. She provides ongoing antitrust and compliance counseling and litigates antitrust issues, including class actions.

Wendy serves on the Executive Management Team of the firm, the first woman to hold that position. She also chairs the firm’s nationally recognized Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group, which serves as legal counsel to a host of companies in the Mid-Atlantic region and throughout the United States, and has earned U.S. News World Report–Best Lawyers’ first-tier ranking in the Pittsburgh market.

What Clients Can Expect

Wendy knows and loves antitrust law. She enjoys helping clients navigate antitrust law to achieve their business goals. And she works to develop a long-term relationship built on strong communication and trust.

Outside the Office

When not working, Wendy likes to relax and enjoy the simple things with her family. She also shares her time and talents with a variety of local charitable organizations.

Proof Points

  • Received AV® Preeminent certification from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings consecutively for 20 years, the highest available mark for professional excellence.
  • Elected to the firm's five-person management committee in 1992 and to the firm's Board of Directors in 1995, the first woman to serve in those roles. In April 2005, she was elected to the firm's compensation committee.
  • Selected as Pittsburgh Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" in The Best Lawyers in America (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023 editions). Also selected as Pittsburgh Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 edition. 
  • Named each year since 2005 to The Best Lawyers in America® list in the Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust and Litigation - Health Care categories.
  • Ranked since 2008 in Chambers USA in the field of Antitrust Law.
  • Selected to the Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers® list in 2009 and 2010, a distinction given to only the top 5 percent of lawyers nationwide and was also selected by her peers for inclusion in the Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers® list from 2004-2009 and 2011-2020.
  • Selected by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly for the "Women Leaders in the Law" distinction, one of only 56 Pennsylvania lawyers chosen.
  • Recognized as the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania's Woman of Distinction in the Professional category.
  • Recognized as a member of the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women by the Governor's Pennsylvania Commission for Women.
  • Honored by the YWCA with a Tribute To Women Leadership Award.
  • Profiled in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the city's Women at the Helm in 2006.
  • Named one of the year’s Most Powerful & Influential Women of Pennsylvania, 2014, by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council.
  • Named to City and State Pennsylvania's 2022 Pittsburgh Power 100 list, which recognizes the most influential people in the city of Pittsburgh.
  • Named 2022 Pennsylvania "Lawyer of the Year" in the Litigation - Healthcare category by Best Lawyers.