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Daniel G. Swanson

Daniel G. Swanson

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Daniel G. Swanson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, with offices in Los Angeles and Brussels. Mr. Swanson has been a trial and appellate litigator for over 30 years, and has Co-Chaired Gibson Dunn’s highly-regarded Antitrust and Competition Practice Group since 1996. His practice focuses on U.S., EU and international antitrust and competition law, including trial and appellate litigation, class actions, criminal investigations and cartel defense, merger review and government civil investigations, regulatory and competition policy matters, and antitrust counseling.

Mr. Swanson is a member of the California and Brussels Bars and is a solicitor of England and Wales and of the Republic of Ireland. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1984 and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, where he was a Harvard Teaching Fellow. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit and the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits. He is also qualified to appear before the Courts of  the European Union.

Chambers USA reports that “Daniel Swanson has a vast amount of antitrust expertise covering everything from merger investigations to civil and criminal litigation” and describes him as “a highly adept trial lawyer” and as “a ‘tough opponent’ in civil and criminal litigation, alleged cartel matters and IP-related issues.” WHO’S WHO LEGAL comments that “Daniel Swanson … scores very highly for his ‘tenacious and persuasive’ litigation practice across a wide range of competition matters.” THE U.S. LEGAL 500 places him in a small group of Leading Lawyers for Antitrust—Civil Litigation/Class Actions. The Institutional Investor’s BENCHMARK LITIGATION GUIDE ranks Mr. Swanson as an Antitrust “Litigation Star,” and he has twice been named Best Lawyers’ Antitrust Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Los Angeles, most recently in 2016.

Mr. Swanson’s practice has encompassed virtually every aspect of antitrust and competition law. He counsels clients on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and handles merger-clearance matters before the FTC, DOJ, and European Commission, and merger-related civil litigation. He has litigated claims of alleged price fixing, monopolization and market dominance, predation, leveraging, bundling, standard setting, tying, exclusive dealing, group boycotts, refusals to deal, and price discrimination, among others, and has handled scores of class action lawsuits (e.g., In re Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation, In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, In re Rubber Chemicals Antitrust Litigation, In re Monochloroacetic Acid Antitrust Litigation, In re Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litigation, In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation, In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation; In re Automotive Refinishing Paint Litigation, In re Airline Ticket Commission Antitrust Litigation).

Mr. Swanson often handles antitrust and competition matters involving patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights and was asked to testify about standard setting in the 2002 DOJ-FTC Joint Hearings regarding Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy. He is the author (with Prof. William J. Baumol) of Reasonable and Nondiscriminatory (RAND) Royalties, Standards Selection, and Control of Market Power, 73 ANTITRUST L.J. 1 (2005) and The New Economy and Ubiquitous Competitive Price Discrimination: Identifying Defensible Criteria of Market Power, 70 ANTITRUST L.J. 661 (2003), on which the U.S. Supreme Court relied in Illinois Tool Works v. Independent Ink, 547 U.S. 28 (2006). Mr. Swanson has also served as a Non- Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group in its work focused on monopolization and dominance law.

Mr. Swanson also frequently represents clients in connection with antitrust grand jury investigations, plea negotiations, and amnesty, leniency and immunity applications in the United States and the European Union, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Latin America, including more than twenty international cartel investigations during the last 15 years. Mr. Swanson has served as an NGA to the Cartels Working Group of the International Competition Network (ICN) and has participated in Annual ICN Meetings in Cape Town, South Africa and Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Swanson is Vice Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the International Bar Association, and served on the Editorial Board of the IBA’s publication COMPETITION LAW INTERNATIONAL from 2007-2012. He previously served as Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s International Committee (2002-06) and as Editor-in-Chief of the Antitrust Section’s FIRST SUPPLEMENT TO COMPETITION LAWS OUTSIDE  THE  UNITED STATES (2005). He is also a member of the Competition Section of the Law Society of England and Wales. He has contributed to leading antitrust journals and treatises (including ANTITRUST AND TRADE REGULATION, ANTITRUST LAW DEVELOPMENTS, COMPETITION LAWS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, THE  ANTITRUST ADVISER, and the ANTITRUST LAW JOURNAL) and is a member of the Board of Editors of the LexisNexis ANTITRUST REPORT. He is also a member of the American Economic Association.

Daniel G. Swanson is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Current Issues in Monopolization - Antitrust Institute 2017: Developments & Hot Topics, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Current Issues in Monopolization - Current Issues in Monopolization, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Current Issues in Monopolization - Current Issues in Monopolization, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Current Issues in Monopolization - Current Issues in Monopolization, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Monopolization and Attempted Monopolization - Antitrust Institute 2017: Developments & Hot Topics, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Antitrust Institute 2017: Developments & Hot Topics, Friday, April 21, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, Boston, MA
Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Developments in Antitrust Law & Regulation 2018, Monday, April 16, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
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