Martha E. Gifford

Martha E. Gifford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Antitrust Litigation Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

Law Office of Martha E. Gifford
 | 137 Montague Street, No. 220
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-858-7571
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Antitrust Litigation
Attorney Profile

For many years Martha ("Meg") Gifford has counseled businesses on how to structure pricing, distribution, marketing, and competitor collaborations to achieve the best commercial results while complying with federal and state antitrust laws. Her clients' businesses have spanned the gamut from publishing, music licensing and fashion to health care and basic industries. She often represents clients before the Antitrust Division, Federal Trade Commission, and state Attorneys General.  She has served as co-counsel in selected litigations and acts as counsel to law firms without antitrust expertise. An alumna of the University of Chicago Law School, she was a trial lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, co-chaired a national firm's antitrust practice, and chaired the New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Law Section, from which she received the William T. Lifland Distinguished Service Award.

About Martha Gifford

Admitted: 1977, New York


  • Given to "a distinguished member of the bar whose acts exemplify the essence of justice, thereby demonstrating a harmony with the founding principles of WBASNY, for a singular outstanding achievement, long-standing significant involvement or a lifetime of constancy of purpose in advancing the status of women in society and the law", Joan B. Ellenbogen Founder's Award, Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, 2016
  • Manhattan chapter of WBASNY renamed its annual program for summer associates and interns, Martha E. Gifford Annual Summer Program: What It's Really Like to Practice Law as a Woman, New York Women's Bar Association, 2016
  • Awarded for exceptional service to one or more of the NYSBA Antitrust Law Section, the antitrust profession, or the development of antitrust law, William T. Lifland Distinguished Service Award, Antitrust Law Section, New York State Bar Association, 2007
  • For exceptional attainment and pioneering achievement as a woman lawyer, Florence Allen Award, New York Women's Bar Association, 2006
  • For exceptional service as an alumna of the College, Alumni Tribute Award, Connecticut College, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair effective December 2015, Board of Governors since 2001 by appointment of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, 2001
  • Executive Committee since 1996, Past Chair, Antitrust Law Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Special Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2005-12, New York State Bar Association
  • Section of Antitrust Law, ABA
  • New York Women Antitrust Lawyers Group
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Past President, Advisory Committee, Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Past President, Advisory Council, New York Women's Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Development Committee, Preserve Steward, Pemaquid Watershed Association, Damariscotta ME, 2011
  • Founder, Board member, Grants Committee, past Vice President, New York Women's Bar Association Foundation, Inc.
  • President's Leadership Council, Connecticut College
  • Former member, Audit Committee, New York Law Institute, Inc.
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Connecticut College Alumni Association
  • Former member, Visiting Committee, University of Chicago Law School
  • Board of Legal Advisers, Legal Momentum
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Brooklyn YWCA

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • I successfully represented a well-known company in the popular music industry throughout a two-year non-merger civil investigation of its licensing practices by the DOJ's Antitrust Division.  The Division closed the matter without action despite continuous input on the matter by adverse parties, 2010

Educational Background:

  • Connecticut College, B.A., 1973

Industry Groups

  • Book Publishing
  • Entertainment
  • Health Care Products Distribution
  • Hospitals
  • Music Performing Rights
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Various Manufacturing And Retail
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Office Location for Martha E. Gifford

137 Montague Street
No. 220
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Last Updated: 7/29/2019

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