Ms. Kitzman has extensive experience in leading complex litigation, in particular antitrust litigation. She represents businesses in antitrust disputes in litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on the payment card industry.
Previously, Ms. Kitzman was trial counsel for the merchant plaintiffs challenging the American Express anti-steering rules and was part of the team responsible for prosecuting the challenges to Visa’s and MasterCard’s rules against surcharging which resulted in Visa and MasterCard dropping their surcharge prohibitions.
Ms. Kitzman has also been active lobbying state legislatures against adopting surcharge bans in the wake of the Visa and MasterCard rule changes and has been part of the legal team challenging surcharge bans that had been adopted by several states in the mid-1980s. To date, challenges have been brought on behalf of groups of merchant plaintiffs in New York, California, Florida, and Texas
In addition to the payment card antitrust litigation, Ms. Kitzman has extensive experience running large-scale consumer litigation. From 2009 to 2010, she was one of four co-leads in In re Tyson Foods, Inc., Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Consumer Litig. She also oversaw her firm’s participation in antitrust and consumer class actions when it was part of broader group of class counsel, including In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litig. and In re Flat Glass Antitrust Litig.
Ms. Kitzman started her legal practice in Chicago as an associate in the patent and antitrust litigation practice group of an international law firm. After moving to New York City she practiced law at a number of boutique litigation firms, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in individual and collective actions. Some of her notable matters include defending Martha Stewart in various securities class actions, prosecuting claims on behalf of Muhammad Ali and the Estate of Jay Chiat, and numerous civil cases involving Verizon Wireless, Kimberly-Clark and GST Telecommunications.
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