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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. He was recognized by his peers as a “Legal Elite” for Antitrust Law in the Midlands in 2016 and again in 2017. Mr. Wheeler counsels clients on all manner 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. Mr. Wheeler is an adjunct professor of Antitrust Law and 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. 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. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, from Wofford College. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa.

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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

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.
  • Represented incumbent mayor in a primary election dispute.

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

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

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 eight-year-old son, five-year-old daughter, golden retrievers, and backyard chickens. Travis enjoys barbequing, snorkeling, and annual trips to the Indianapolis 500 with his son and dancing and cooking with his daughter. He is an avid cyclist and runner (and has run at least one mile every day since April 13, 2011).

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