Stephen M. Chippendale
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.
- 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)