Thomas C. Vinje
Partner, Chairman, Global Antitrust Practice
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Mr. Vinje has specialized in European Union antitrust and intellectual property law, especially in high-technology matters. He has been particularly active on dominance matters in the IT sector, especially related to IP. Chambers places Mr. Vinje in its top rank of EC lawyers and he is listed by all the other major legal directories as a leading lawyer in EC law.
Law School / Graduate School:
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Washington, 1977
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1982 (graduated at the top of his class as a James Kent Scholar).
He started his career with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco in 1985, until moving to their Brussels office in 1989, where he was its managing partner until 2003. While in the United States, he was part of a team of lawyers representing Fujitsu in its landmark software copyright arbitration with IBM. In the recent years, he has represented various clients against Microsoft before the European Commission and General Court. Lately, he advised Oracle on its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Mr. Vinje is a solicitor in England and Wales and an attorney in Hawaii and California.