Robert M. Langer is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group. Mr. Langer is involved in all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation counseling and litigation, including class actions, representing clients in both federal and state courts, and before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, as well as offices of state attorneys general throughout the United States.
Before joining Wiggin and Dana in 1994, Mr. Langer was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Department of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, where for more than twenty years he litigated numerous antitrust and consumer matters in both federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Mr. Langer has participated in more than twenty cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court involving interpretation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act ("CUTPA") and the Connecticut Antitrust Act, including the first decisions rendered by the Connecticut Supreme Court under both the Connecticut Antitrust Act, Mazzola v. SNET, 169 Conn. 344 (1975), and CUTPA, Hinchliffe v. American Motors Corp., 184 Conn. 607 (1981). Most recently, he successfully argued a CUTPA appeal in the Connecticut Appellate Court involving the relationship between CUTPA and municipalities, Neighborhood Buildings, Inc. v. Town of Madison, 142 Conn. App. 326 (2013), cert. denied, 309 Conn. 905 (2013). He has also assisted in the drafting of many of the important substantive amendments to both statutes. Additionally, Mr. Langer has participated in numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court involving interpretation of the federal antitrust laws, including the following few examples, Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. 877 (2007) [participated in drafting amicus brief filed by client, PING, Inc.]; Hartford Fire Insurance Co., et al. v. State of California, et al., 509 U.S. 764 (1993) [represented plaintiff/respondent State of Connecticut]; Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Technical Services, Inc., et al., 504 U.S. 451 (1992) [represented amicus State of Connecticut]; State of California v. American Stores, 495 U.S. 271 (1990) [represented amicus State of Connecticut]; and State of California, et al., v. ARC America Corp., 490 U.S. 93 (1989) [represented amicus State of Connecticut].
In September 2005, at the invitation of the Congressionally-established Antitrust Modernization Commission, Mr. Langer was one of three participants to testify on the subject of the state action immunity doctrine.
A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (A.B.) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.), Mr. Langer was admitted to practice in 1973.
Mr. Langer served as Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Multistate Antitrust Task Force from 1990 to 1992, and in that capacity served as the NAAG Representative to the Council of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Mr. Langer currently serves as Chair of the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. He previously served as the Section's Finance Officer, a member of the Council, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee, Co-Chair of the Federal and State Legislative Policy Task Force, Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and Chair of the State Antitrust Enforcement Committee. He has also contributed to numerous Section publications, including several editions of Antitrust Law Developments, every edition of State Antitrust Practice and Statutes and most recently, as a member of the Editorial Board of Consumer Protection Law Developments, editing significant portions of the over 200 page state law chapter of this comprehensive treatise on state, federal and international consumer protection law.
From 1979 to 2013, Mr. Langer served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration, MBA Program, where he taught constitutional, antitrust and trade regulation law. In 2014, he began teaching state unfair trade practices law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Mr. Langer is a member of both the Bureau of National Affairs Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report Advisory Board and the Board of Editors of the Matthew Bender Antitrust Report. He is the past Co-Chair of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee of WESFACCA (formerly the Corporate Bar Association of Westchester and Fairfield), and past Chair of the Antitrust Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Mr. Langer lectures and writes regularly on antitrust, consumer protection, and health care topics. Mr. Langer is the co-author of a treatise, entitled Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, published yearly by Thomson Reuters as Volume 12 of its Connecticut Practice Series. He has also written several Op-ed articles on a variety of legal issues for publications such as The New York Times and The Hartford Courant and has been the subject of numerous interviews for publications such as FTC: WATCH, International Merger Law and the ABA's Antitrust magazine.
In 1991, Mr. Langer received the Marvin Award from NAAG in recognition of his leadership, expertise and achievement in advancing the goals of that organization. In 1994, Mr. Langer was voted by the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation to become a Charter Fellow of the James W. Cooper Fellows Program and served as Chair of the Fellows Program from 2000-2006. He served from 1998-2000 as Chair of the Fellows Advisory Research Committee. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation from 2000 to 2015. In 2016, Mr. Langer received a Special Recognition Award from the Connecticut Bar Foundation for his many years of service to that organization.
In 1995, Mr. Langer received an award for outstanding service to businesses and consumers from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection for his work in the development of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. In 2000, Mr. Langer was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Since 2003 he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in antitrust law and has been named Hartford Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" on several occasions (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here).
In October 2015, Mr. Langer received the Medal of Excellence from the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association. He is only the 11th recipient to receive this prestigious award throughout its 40-year history. The award is "in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the justice system and the rule of law and his outstanding contributions to the development of the law and his service to the University of Connecticut School of Law."
In May 2016, Mr. Langer received a Distinguished Legal Writing Award from the Burton Awards for co-authoring the article, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC – What Hath the Supreme Court Wrought? The article appeared in Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report in 2015. Thirty-five authors were honored out of submissions from the country's 1,000 largest law firms.