Stanford Law School, JD – President of the Stanford Law Review
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MALD
Johns Hopkins University, BA – Phi Beta Kappa, General and Departmental Honors
Steven Benz is a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC in Washington, DC. He focuses his practice on prosecuting and defending leading-edge cases involving the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights, including monopolization, price fixing, and class actions under federal and state law. He has over twenty-five years of litigation experience and has served as counsel of record in over 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals. Mr Benz is a frequent speaker at conferences on competition law and complex civil litigation topics. In 2017 he was honored with the "Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice" award by the American Antitrust Institute.
Mr Benz currently represents Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against Quintiles IMS Incorporated in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Quintiles IMS Inc. v. Veeva Systems Inc. (No. 2:17-cv-00177) (DNJ). Veeva is alleging that IMS has abused monopoly power as the dominant provider of data products for life sciences companies to exclude Veeva OpenData and Veeva Network MDM lines of business from their respective markets. Veeva is seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages exceeding $200 million.
He was also co-lead counsel and represented the Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Company, H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood, LLC, and BEF Foods, Inc. in The Dial Corporation, et al. v. News Corporation, et al., Civ. Action No. 13-CV-06802 (WHP) (S.D.N.Y) (Judge Pauley), a Sherman Act monopolization case involving third-party in-store promotions. In 2016, on the first day of trial, Mr Benz secured a settlement of $250 million and significant injunctive relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 CPG (consumer product goods) companies.
In Conwood Co. v. United States Tobacco Co., 290 F.3d 768 (6th Cir. 2002), he and his co-counsel won the largest Section 2 trial damages award in history for their corporate client: a trebled judgment of $1.05 billion. The Sixth Circuit affirmed.
- Rated “AV Preeminent®” by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
- Featured in Leaders in Law as a leading lawyer in Competition Law (2017)
- Showcased in Who's Who Legal as a leading lawyer in Competition Law (2015 and 2017)
- Americas’s Top 100 Attorneys® - Lifetime Achievement Award (2017)
Key Practice Areas
Antitrust / Business & Commercial / Civil Litigation / Class Action / Competition/Antitrust / Intellectual Property / Plaintiff