She gets right to the pointe

Caitlin loves music and dance. In addition to playing the flute and piccolo, she has studied dance since she was 3-years-old and has performed in Paris, New York, and Washington, DC.

Renaissance Woman

Caitlin double majored in History and Chemistry in college, and before attending law school she worked as a scientific and political analysis editor.

Going the distance

An avid runner, Caitlin has run numerous half-marathons, and completed her first full marathon in 2018!

Learn more about Caitlin

Caitlin McHugh, an associate in the Antitrust group, has experience in a range of matters. At her core a litigator, she focuses her practice on pharmaceutical antitrust litigation, particularly reverse-payment cases.

In this work, she leverages her background in chemistry to understand scientific studies involving pharmaceuticals, and she applies her strong analytical skills to litigation drafting and strategy. She often works at the intersection of patent law and antitrust, analyzing the patents covering the drugs at issue, evaluating the merits of those patent cases, and working with medical and patent law experts. Prior to joining the firm, she handled pharmaceutical and medical device product liability defense litigation.

Caitlin is active in professional associations, including the American Bar Association Antitrust Section, where she serves on the Advisory Board of the Pricing Conduct Committee. She is also a dedicated community servant. As part of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation’s Board Observer Program, she served as the Observer for the Public Interest Law Center, and she remains passionate about the Center’s mission, currently serving on its Communications Committee and Annual Event Committee. Additionally, she has represented pro bono clients through Philadelphia VIP, including a matter in which she represented a Philadelphia home owner in a premises liability case. She has also volunteered at the Philadelphia Family Court Help Center.

Caitlin earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from William & Mary Law School, where she was a Senior Articles Editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and received the Legal Practice Scholar Award and the Gambrell Professionalism Award. She earned undergraduate degrees in History and Chemistry and Chemical Biology, cum laude, from Cornell University. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia.

Honors & Awards


Listed in The Best Lawyers in America as “One to Watch” for Commercial Litigation, 2024

Senior Articles Editor, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Legal Practice Scholar Award, William & Mary Law School, 2016

Gambrell Professionalism Award, William & Mary Law School, 2016

Memberships & Community

Member, American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
Advisory Board Member, Pricing Conduct Committee

Volunteer Attorney, Philadelphia VIP

Member, Communications and Annual Event Committees, Public Interest Law Center


“The Epic Battle for Price Continues to Wage-Across Continents,” Price Tags, A Newsletter of the ABA Antitrust Section Pricing Conduct Committee, February 8, 2021

“FDA Streamlines 510(k) Process, as Courts Reconsider It,”, November 15, 2018 (with Matthew Smith)

“Unravelling the Secret Behind the HMT Rohna,” Ezra’s Archives Historical Journal, Cornell Historical Society, Spring 2011

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