Stephen M. Chippendale
Steve Chippendale, formerly deputy general counsel for Senator John McCain’s first presidential campaign, is a litigation partner who co-chairs the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Group and is an active member of Global Patent Litigation Group.
A resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, Steve advises clients ranging from global brands to innovative startups on the U.S. antitrust laws and rules against unfair competition. He defends clients against challenges to their business practices, helps them achieve their goals while curtailing their risks, and addresses situations when they themselves are harmed by anticompetitive conduct.
Steve advises clients from around the world on cartel investigations, mergers, joint ventures, and other antitrust/competition issues with an international scope. He has successfully represented foreign companies and individuals in cartel investigations by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
In addition, Steve practices intellectual property law, with an emphasis in infringement—copyright, patent, and trademark—and related claims of false advertising and unfair competition. He helps global brands use their IP to prevent unauthorized ("gray market") sales and thereby protect their position in the U.S. market.
Steve concentrates his practice in the following areas:
- Antitrust Audits – Working closely with in-house counsel, Steve helps clients address antitrust concerns proactively—prior to the instigation of investigations or litigation.
- Brand Protection – Steve helps clients protect their brand equity by developing strategies to prevent unauthorized imports/sales.
- Business Counseling – Steve provides antitrust guidance on issues ranging from dealings with competitors to monopolization.
- Compliance Programs – As a former university instructor, Steve explains the rules of competition in a practical manner that permits clients to minimize their own legal exposure and identify misconduct by competitors.
- Dealings in the Supply Chain – Steve counsels companies on their relationships with suppliers and dealers, including dual distribution, exclusive distribution, authorized resellers, and territorial restrictions.
- Dealings with Competitors – Steve assists with the formation and activities of joint ventures and other strategic collaborations.
- Government Contracting – Based in the nation's capital, Steve is experienced with the antitrust risks arising from teaming agreements, joint bidding, and public-private partnerships (P3s).
- Pricing Practices – Steve advises clients on pricing strategies for their goods and services, including discounts, rebates, minimum advertised price (MAP) polices, and resale price maintenance.
- Industry Consolidation – Steve assesses the competitive impact of potential mergers and acquisitions for third parties (for example, the implications of mergers among a company's suppliers).
- Intellectual Property/Licensing – Steve counsels international brands on the antitrust issues arising from IP acquisitions, license agreements, and patent pools.
- Investigations/International Cartels – Steve discretely and efficiently represents companies and executives in multijurisdictional cartel investigations.
- Litigation/Class Actions – Steve has represented plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust/competition cases in courts and tribunals across the country.
- Mergers & Acquisitions – Steve advises clients on all aspects of transactions, from the initial disclosure of information to final antitrust approval.
- Trade Associations – As outside antitrust counsel, Steve advises associations on such issues as membership criteria, information exchanges, and certification programs.
- Unfair Competition – In addition to antitrust claims, Steve has litigated a wide range of claims involving allegations of infringement, unfair trade practices, trade secrets, and business torts.
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 bachelor's degree in political science from Indiana University and master's degree in justice from The American University. As a graduate student, Steve 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 has served as pro bono counsel for the Washington Estonian Society.
In 2002, Steve co-authored a book on insurance reform for Georgetown University Press. He writes frequently on legal issues.
- J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, with honors, 1995
- M.S., American University, 1992
- B.A., Indiana University, 1990
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- "Exceptional Case Standard For Awarding Attorney’s Fees The Same In Both Lanham and Patent Acts," MLA Intellectual Property Advisory (September 11, 2014)
- "AUO's Conviction for Criminal Price Fixing of U.S. Imports Sets the Stage for Future Prosecutions of Foreign Manufacturers," MLA Competition Law Advisory (July 22, 2014)
- "Help Me Help You: Best Practices for Facilitating Merger Reviews Before the U.S. and Canadian Antitrust Agencies," MLA Antitrust Advisory (April 11, 2014)
- "The Supreme Court Clarifies Who Can Sue for False Advertising," MLA Advisory (April 3, 2014)
- "Pleading Direct Patent Infringement: The Evolution From Simplicity To Plausibility," MLA Patent Law Advisory (March 24, 2014)
- "Trade Associations: “Antitrust Powder Kegs”," MLA Antitrust Law Advisory (February 20, 2014)
- "Gray Market Cases: Brand Victories in 2013," MLA Competition Law Advisory (February 6, 2014)
- "Antitrust Premerger Notification: Revised HSR Filing Thresholds and “Rules of Thumb”," MLA Antitrust Advisory (January 31, 2014)
- "College Athletics and Antitrust: The New Year Begins," MLA Sports Antitrust Advisory (January 17, 2014)
- "Predictive Coding: A Cost-Effective Approach to Antitrust Compliance," MLA Antitrust Advisory (December 19, 2013)
- "Athletics and Antitrust: Recreation or Big Business?," MLA Competition Law Advisory (December 2, 2013)
- "New Antitrust Rules for Drug Patent Licenses," MLA Competition Law Advisory (November 13, 2013)
- "San José Takes A Swing At Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption," Law 360 (September 30, 2013)
- "Patent Infringement May Be Anticompetitive Under Sherman Act," MLA Competition Law Advisory (September 12, 2013)
- "Section 12 of the Clayton Act: Integrated or Independent?," MLA Antitrust Litigation Advisory (August 9, 2013)
- “Pay-for-Delay” Patent Settlements: No Longer A Free Antitrust Ride", MLA Antitrust Litigation Advisory (June 20, 2013)
- "New FTC Guidance on Competitor Information Exchanges," MLA Antitrust Litigation Advisory (June 6, 2013)
- "Form Over Substance: Notice Pleading For Patent Infringement," MLA Patent Litigation Advisory (May 1, 2013)
- "To Cross Appeal or not to Cross Appeal? - That is the Question," MLA Patent Litigation Advisory (April 23, 2013)
- "New Policy for Antitrust Plea Deals," MLA Antitrust Advisory (April 17, 2013)
- "U.S. Joins Global Antitrust Probe of Car Shipping Companies," MLA Antitrust Advisory (September 11, 2012)
- "Highlights of the Antitrust Division's Annual Newsletter," MLA Antitrust Advisory (May 17, 2012)
- "Five Takeaways from the AUO Price-Fixing Trial," MLA Antitrust Advisory (April 10, 2012)
- "Recent Brand Victories in Gray Market Cases" MLA Antitrust Advisory (February 29, 2012).
- "Unlike Fine Wine: The JV Guidelines a Decade Later," Competition Law360 (January 5, 2012)
- "Caveat Competitor: Joint Ventures and the Federal Antitrust Guidelines," MLA Antitrust Advisory (December 5, 2011)
- "New Antitrust Policy for Health Care Organizations," MLA Antitrust Advisory (October 27, 2011)
- "The False Patent Marking Statute: Constitutional or Not?," MLA Patent Litigation Advisory (June 24, 2011)
- "Antitrust Compliance Managers Need Direct Board Access to Satisfy New U.S. Sentencing Guidelines," MLA Antitrust Law Advisory (June 8, 2011)
- "Will the Supreme Court Relax the Burden of Proof for Patent Invalidity?," MLA Patent Litigation Advisory (May 5, 2011)
- "Reversal of Fortune: Patent Verdict Overturned Against Apple," MLA Business and Patent Litigation Advisory (April 25, 2011)
- "Particularity Required For Pleading False Marking," MLA Patent Litigation Advisory (March 24, 2011)
- "Divided Supreme Court Affirms Copyright Law as a Weapon Against Gray Market Activity," MLA IP Litigation Advisory (March 14, 2011)
- "The FTC-Intel Settlement," MLA Business and Patent Litigation Advisory (Sept. 9, 2010)
- "Avoiding Antitrust Violations Under Obama," Competition Law360 (August 2, 2010)
- "Don't Follow the Money (Campaign Finance Reform)," Legal Times (Feb. 10, 2003)
- Who Pays for Car Accidents? The Fault Versus No-Fault Insurance Debate (Georgetown Univ. Press 2002)
- "More Harm than Good: Assessing Federalization of Criminal Law," 79 Minn. L. Rev. 455 (1994)