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Travis C. Wheeler

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Overview

Travis Wheeler is an antitrust lawyer. He represents clients large and small as both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust litigation.

Travis counsels clients on all manners of antitrust issues, including horizontal and vertical restraints, resale price maintenance and price discrimination issues, and mergers. He regularly conducts antitrust compliance training and drafts corporate compliance policies for clients.

Outside of the office, Travis is an adjunct professor of Antitrust Law & Trade Regulation and Law & Economics at the University of South Carolina School of Law. His article, "Embracing the Inevitable: Rethinking and Reshaping Antitrust Law re: Vertical Restraints,” was recently published by the Mississippi College Law Review.

Travis has been recognized by his peers as a “Legal Elite” for  Antitrust Law in the Midlands every year since the category was established in 2016, receiving the most votes of any attorney in 2018.

Travis serves as a Vice Chair of the ABA Antitrust Sections Exemptions & Immunities Section. He is currently only the South Carolinian to hold a leadership position in the ABA’s Antitrust Section.

In addition, Travis also has experience in local government, election and constitutional matters. He was part of a team that challenged a mayoral primary result, and he has challenged special legislation targeting individual special purpose districts in violation of the South Carolina Constitution. Travis has also prosecuted, pro bono, criminal domestic violence cases before juries in Orangeburg, Kershaw, and Sumter counties.

Prior to coming to South Carolina, he practiced antitrust law with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and clerked for  the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He received his J.D. with High Honors from Duke University School of Law and his B.A, summa cum laude, from Wofford College. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa.

Education
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. with High Honors and Order of the Coif, 2001
  • Wofford College, B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1998
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • District of South Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Civic & Professional Memberships

Outside his practice, Travis is on  the Board of Trustees of the Montessori School of Columbia. He served as the President of the Rosewood Community Council in 2007 and 2008 and as Vice President of the Central Rosewood Neighborhood Association in 2011. He was also Chairperson of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation in 2013-14, on which he has served since 2008.

Recognitions
  • Columbia Business Monthly's Legal Elite of the Midlands, 2016-2020
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Elected to The State Media Company’s Ninth Annual "20 Under 40" List in March 2012.

Travis' antitrust experience includes:

  • Prosecution and settlement of antitrust claims on behalf of one of the world's largest automobile manufactures injured by a conspiracy of international roll-on/roll off ocean carriers of vehicles to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate customers and trade lanes in connection with MDL 2471, in re Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation.
  • Representing victim of conspiracy to fix railroad fuel surcharges.
  • Counseling clients on antitrust compliance issues and drafting corporate antitrust compliance policies .
  • Representing 15 ocean shippers in price-fixing action against ocean carriers.
  • Representing a corporate defendant in criminal federal investigation into alleged price-fixing.
  • Representation of 17 direct purchasers of polyester staple fiber in price-fixing litigation.
  • Defense of a client in transportation industry in civil action alleging price-fixing of fuel surcharges.
  • Conducting antitrust compliance training on-site for corporate clients.
  • Challenged a change in the manner of calculating a business license fee on behalf of large South Carolina manufacturer.

Outside the antitrust context, Travis has:

  • Challenged a change in the manner of calculating a business license fee on behalf of large South Carolina manufacturer.
  • Represented an incumbent mayor in primary election dispute.
  • First chaired defense of a defamation case at trial in federal court.
  • Prosecuted numerous criminal domestic violence jury trials, pro bono.
Overview

Travis has served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law since 2010.  He teaches Antitrust Law in the Fall and Law & Economics in the Spring.

He has also previously served as a faculty member for the South Carolina Bar’s “Bridge the Gap” CLE.

He regularly writes and speaks on various antitrust topics, recently focusing on a proposed change to the law re: vertical restraints.

Publications

Contributor, 2019 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association

Contributor, 2018 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association

Embracing the Inevitable: rethinking and Reshaping Antitrust Law re: Vertical Restraints, 35 MISS. C. L. REV. 472 (2017)

Travis, Wheeler, David Eddy, Dennis Lynch, and Marguerite Willis Should Major Customers Opt-out of or Exclude Themselves from Antitrust Class Actions, ASSOC. OF CORP. COUNSEL: S.C. CHAPTER (Newsletter Mar. 2017)

An Economic Analysis of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 63 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 1, 573 (2000)

Speaking

Guest Speaker (with Marguerite Willis), "How Does it Work There? Establishing an Antitrust Practice Off the Beaten Path," ABA Section of Antitrust law's weekly podcast, Our Curious Amalgam (August 3, 2020).

Exemptions & Immunities: a Conflict of Laws? Panel Chair and Moderator of Spring Bloom panel for ABA Section of Antitrust Law (May 12, 2020).

“Return of the Regulatory Compliance Defense,” Moderator on ABA Section of Antitrust Law teleconference (October 29, 2019).

“The Scope of Antitrust Exemptions Under the Shipping Act,” Panelist on ABA Section of Antitrust Law teleconference (April 30, 2019).

"Why Antitrust," American Bar Association Panel at the University of South Carolina, January 24, 2019

“A Price-Fixer’s Cautionary Tale: How to Avoid Antitrust Pitfalls,” co-moderator with Dennis Lynch, Nexsen Pruet’s 17th Annual GC Ethics CLE (Oct. 26, 2018).

Panelist, THE KNOWLEDGE GROUP, Recent Developments in Antitrust and Competition Law: 2017 (Sept. 28, 2017).

Speaker, NP UNIVERSITY, Issue Spotting for Transactional Lawyers (June 30, 2016).

Commentator (on antitrust portion), An Hour with Alden Abbott, Hosted by the University of South Carolina Intellectual Property Law Society and Federalist Society (March 26, 2015).

Speaker, South Carolina Association of Corporate Counsel, The Dos and Don’ts of Antitrust (October 17, 2012).

Away from the  office and the classroom, Travis and his wife, Lisa, keep busy with an eleven-year-old son, eight-year-old daughter, golden retriever, and backyard chickens.  Outside of work, he can often be found in cheering on his son in his Charlotte karting league or on the sidelines of his daughter’s soccer games. He is an avid cyclist and runner (and has run at least one mile every day since April).


Travis Wheeler outside NP photo