Michael S. Denniston


Mike Denniston’s practice focuses on advising and litigating for clients concerning antitrust and competition law and intellectual property issues. His practice spans the breadth of the antitrust and intellectual property arena. Mike’s antitrust practice encompasses not only litigation and advising clients, but also working closely with the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group on merger analysis and preparing transactions for premerger review pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

In addition to screening and negotiating agreements respecting trademarks and copyrights, Mike has an active trial practice in those areas. His litigation experience ranges from prosecuting and defending requests for temporary restraining orders to handling complex multiparty and multidistrict copyright litigation. His transaction work includes providing counsel on early termination and potential antitrust matters that require detailed engagement and negotiations with the FTC and the Department of Justice.

Notable Matters
  • Non-Public FTC Investigation (2015) – Successful termination of 5 year investigation of industry by Anticompetitive Practices Division of FTC without issuance of complaint
  • Acquisition of Certain Assets of Coca-Cola Company (2015) – Premerger advice and clearance on acquisition of assets by soft drink bottler
  • New Franchisor Client (2015) – Coordinated the launch of a new franchisor in the personal care industry
  • Sale of Centerre Healthcare (2014) -- Successful clearance of a merger that was investigated by the FTC
  • 4U2U Brands v. Blues City Brewery (W.D. Tenn. 2014) – Commercial dispute settled after filing dispositive motions
  • In re Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Infringement Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) – Represent defendant in class action; settlement approved by court
  • Fitzgibbons v. Mayer Electric (N.D. Ala. 2014) - Represented defendant in copyright infringement case
  • Milo’s Franchise Company v. Milo’s Tea Company (Jefferson County, Alabama 2013) – Represented declaratory judgment plaintiff in trademark dispute
  • US Beverage v. 4U2U Brands (2013) – Represented defendant in arbitration over distribution agreement