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Reginald D. Steer

Reginald D. Steer

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Reg Steer is a broadly experienced trial lawyer who defends and prosecutes complex cases and provides antitrust advice to the firm’s clients. Mr. Steer is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in the peer-review survey Northern California Super Lawyers.

Mt. Steer has successfully defended cases involving claims of antitrust violations, fraudulent business practices, securities violations, products liability, breach of contract and personal injury. Examples of noteworthy antitrust cases include defending a major bookstore chain in a series of highly publicized federal antitrust price discrimination cases and a consumer class action challenging as price-fixing an agreement concerning the operation of the client’s Web site, defending a manufacturer of the building material oriented strand board in nationwide class actions alleging conspiracy to restrict supply and fix prices, defending an international oil company’s dual distribution system for selling gasoline, defending various cases challenging clients’ product distribution policies, defending a nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer against price-fixing claims and defending a client accused of price-fixing in the market for natural gas. Mr. Steer also recently defended a product liability case against a client accused of selling defective water heaters, securities and derivative actions against a utility, a civil RICO action concerning working conditions in Saipan garment factories, and a variety of contract and trade secret actions. Mr. Steer tried to a defense verdict a 12-week jury trial in California state court of a class action of service station operators who claimed $2.75 billion for breach of contract and violation of state unfair practices law against a major oil company. He also tried to verdict a 10-week jury trial for a client claiming insurance coverage in a complex, multi-policy case which resulted in a large award to his client.  Just recently, he tried a complex defamation and breach of contract case for a major hedge fund client and won a complete victory in a six week long California state court bench trial.

Mr. Steer has been a contributor to the ABA Antitrust Section’s Rule of Reason Monograph, has taught on the subject of Robinson-Patman law, and has taught a trial skills program for public benefit lawyers sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Steer received his B.A. in 1966 and his J.D. cum laude in 1969 from the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the Minnesota Law Review. Mr. Steer is on the Board of the San Francisco Museum and  Historical Society and a member of the Board of the Immigrant Legal Resource Council.

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Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S.C.A., 9th Circuit

U.S.D.C., Central District of California

U.S.D.C., District of Colorado

U.S.D.C., Eastern District of California

U.S.D.C., Northern District of California

U.S.D.C., Southern District of California

U.S.D.C., Western District of Wisconsin


J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1969    

B.A. University of Minnesota, 1966


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