Stephen M. Chippendale

Stephen M. Chippendale

Partner - Washington, DC
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Washington, DC 20006
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Steve Chippendale is co-chair of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Group.  An experienced litigator, he was deputy general counsel for Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2000.

As counsel for plaintiffs and defendants, Steve represents clients nationwide in antitrust and commercial litigation.  For instance, in Newport Controls v. Balboa, his team filed an action in the Central District of California alleging monopolization in the spa controls market.  The case settled favorably prior to trial.  In U-Can-II v Pro Net Global, he helped lead the team in a Florida arbitration that completely defeated a $47-million antitrust damages claim while prevailing on a counterclaim for internet defamation.

Working closely with in-house counsel, Steve helps clients implement corporate compliance programs that encourage aggressive competition on the merits.  As a former university instructor, Steve explains the boundaries of ethical competition in a practical manner that permits his clients to minimize their own legal exposure and identify misconduct by competitors.

Steve is experienced in analyzing the competitive consequences of mergers and acquisitions.  Most recently, he assisted the UK-based LINPAC Group with its sale of a subsidiary to a competitor in the United States.  As counsel for a specialized managing general underwriter of transactional insurance, he is frequently involved in the issuance of representations and warranties insurance.

Steve has successfully represented individuals in a variety of government investigations, including cases brought by the Securities Exchange Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He also often advises government contractors on the antitrust risks (such as price fixing) associated with joint bidding and teaming agreements. 

Steve helps clients structure cross-border transactions and protect their position in the U.S. market.  For instance, he represents an international luxury brand in its fight against “gray market” sales by internet retailers. 

As a member of the Global Patent Litigation Team, Steve has extensive experience with the antitrust/competition issues relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  In particular, he has analyzed antitrust issues relating to several patent pools.

Steve regularly advises corporations on their collaborations with competitors (such as joint ventures).  For instance, he represented a major construction company in its negotiations to create a strategic alliance with an international competitor. 

Steve is an honors graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was managing editor of the Law Review and authored an article on the federalization of crime.  He was a legal writing instructor and a research assistant for Professor Michael Paulsen, a leading scholar of constitutional interpretation. 

Prior to law school, Steve received his BA in Political Science from Indiana University and MS in Justice from The American University.  As a graduate student, he taught a class on the legal system, gave the student body speech on Martin Luther King Day, and was president of the Graduate Student Council.

Steve was born in Leeds, England, and raised in Columbia, Missouri.  He is pro bono counsel for the Washington Estonian Society.

In 2002, Steve co-authored a book on insurance reform for Georgetown University Press.  He continues to write frequently on legal issues.


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