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.
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 is Senior Vice Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the International Bar Association. He previously served as Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s International Committee (2002-06). He teaches antitrust law at the LSIW Program of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also a member of the Competition Section of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Mr. Swanson regularly handles antitrust and competition matters involving patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. 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). Mr. Swanson has also served as a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the International Competition Network (ICN) Unilateral Conduct Working Group in its work focused on monopolization and dominance law.