Stephen Wu is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery and is based in the Firm's Chicago office. He focuses his practice on complex litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and counseling clients on pricing and distribution issues. Stephen has represented clients in a wide variety of industries including: aerospace, biotechnology, consumer products, energy, food, and health care.
Stephen has defended clients in private litigation against federal and state antitrust and unfair competition claims, and represented clients in criminal antitrust investigations. For mergers and acquisitions, Stephen has defended transactions before the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Besides pricing and distribution issues, Stephen has also counseled clients on standards-setting and compliance with consumer protection laws.
Prior to joining the Firm, Stephen was an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he participated in all aspects of the FTC's merger enforcement program, from investigating multibillion dollar transactions to negotiating consent orders resolving the government's competition concerns. At the FTC, he received an Award for Meritorious Service and its Stephen Nye Award, the FTC's highest award given to a junior attorney, in 2001.
Stephen is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law.
- Mercatus Group LLC v. Lake Forest Hospital - obtained summary judgment against federal antitrust conspiracy and monopolization claims
- Nurse Compensation Antitrust Litigation - defending hospital systems in several class actions alleging wage-fixing conspiracy claims
- Space Exploration Techs. Corp., v. The Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. - obtained dismissal of federal and state antitrust conspiracy and monopolization claims and state unfair competition claims that was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., v. Amgen Inc. - defense of "bundled" discounting arrangement against monopolization and tying claims resulting in defeat of plaintiff's preliminary injunction motion and a favorable settlement
- Acquisition - creating second largest U.S. railroad tie supplier
- Acquisition - creating second largest U.S. production document scanner supplier
- X-Rite, Inc./Amazys Holdings AG - counseled client on pre-closing merger integration in acquisition named 2006 international/cross-border Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor magazine
- Acquisition - creating largest private label soup supplier
- Acquisition - creating second largest U.S. winery
- George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1999
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., and B.A., 1996