Steve Smith is a co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice Group. He regularly represents parties before both the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in merger and other antitrust investigations. Mr. Smith has secured antitrust clearances for more than 200 mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Smith counsels clients on a wide range of antitrust issues in a variety of industries, including high-technology, life sciences, financial services, communications, and transportation. He represents parties in antitrust litigation at both the trial and the appellate levels, including Cargill, Inc. in Cargill, Inc. v. Monfort of Colorado, Inc., 479 U.S. 104 (1986).
Mr. Smith has represented clients before the United States Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States on matters involving issues ranging from arbitration to federal regulation and constitutional law. Mr. Smith represented a group of United States District Court and Court of Appeals judges at trial, on appeal, and before the Supreme Court in a constitutional challenge arising under Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution, United States v. Hatter, 532 U.S. 557 (2001).
Mr. Smith serves on the Advisory Committee of The George Washington University Competition Law Center's Corporate Antitrust Roundtable. He also serves on the Litigation Screening Committee for the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area and is on the Board of Directors of Morrison & Foerster LLP, as well as the Board of Directors of The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.
Prior to his career as a lawyer, Mr. Smith was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Mr. Smith is frequently recommended by legal publications such as Chambers USA 2016, Global Competition Review’s International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, Legal 500 US and Euromoney’s Expert Guides. He has also been named to the BTI Client Service All-Star Team for law firms. According to Chambers USA, Mr. Smith has been referred to as one of “the single smartest lawyer in Washington,” “has a strong reputation in merger-related antitrust work” and has been praised for his “ability to coalesce the issue into actionable, practical advice.”
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