"Stephen is excellent at what he does; he is really knowledgeable and has a ton of experience."
Chambers USA, 2020
"[K]nows the ins and outs of the antitrust regulators in the U.S."
The Legal 500 U.S., 2019
Stephen Weissman recently rejoined the firm after serving as the Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition from 2013-2015. At the FTC he was involved in and supervised the agency's review of hundreds of merger and non-merger investigations and enforcement actions, covering a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals and other healthcare sectors, consumer products, energy, high-tech and chemicals. He was lead trial counsel for the FTC in its challenge of a $3.5 billion merger between food service distributors Sysco Corp. and U.S. Foods Inc., a case considered by many as the agency's most important merger litigation in more than a decade. He was recognized in 2016 by Global Competition Review as finalist for both its "Lawyer of the Year" and "Litigator of the Year" awards.
"[A] tour de force."
Chambers USA 2017
In almost two decades of private practice, Mr. Weissman has represented companies and individuals in antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, as well as in antitrust and commercial litigation in U.S. courts. He represents both acquiring and acquired companies as well as third parties in merger investigations. Among his more notable representations are serving as one of the lead lawyers in Whirlpool's acquisition of Maytag Corp., in Arch Coal's defense of an FTC litigation challenge to Arch's acquisition of Triton, in QVC Corp.'s acquisition of Home Shopping Network (HSN), in Merck's acquisition of Schering Plough, in Celgene's acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb, and in Boehringer Ingelheim's recent global asset swap with Sanofi. He also regularly counsels clients in criminal antitrust investigations and on issues pertaining to joint ventures and distribution arrangements.
Mr. Weissman has litigated a substantial number of cases on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs, including claims under the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman Acts, as well as breach-of contract and business tort claims. His litigation representations also include defending companies in class actions and private business disputes. He has tried a number of cases including both bench and jury trials, and has argued appeals in multiple U.S. Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Weissman is regularly listed as a leading antitrust practitioner in Chambers USA (2016-2020), Legal 500 (2013, 2015-2020), Who's Who Legal Litigation (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers (2012, 2013, 2018-2020), Super Lawyers (2018, 2019, 2020), Best Lawyers in America (2020), and other publications. In 2016, he was recognized as an "Antitrust Trailblazer" by National Law Journal.