Steve Smith is a Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster's Global Antitrust & Competition 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 is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA 2012, Global Competition Review's International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2012, PLC's Cross-Border Competition Handbook 2012, PLC Which lawyer? 2011, Legal 500 US 2012, Euromoney's Expert Guides, and Super Lawyers 2011. He has also been named to the BTI Client Service All-Star Team for law firms. According to Chambers USA, peers refer to Steve as "an extraordinarily bright lawyer who gets antitrust from the regulatory and the litigation perspective."
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.
Mr. Smith received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to his career as a lawyer, he was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.