Steven Newborn serves as the head of Weil Gotshal's global antitrust/competition practice. Before joining Weil Gotshal, Mr Newborn was the head of Clifford Chance's global antitrust group. Previously, he was the director of litigation at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition where he was in charge of its merger enforcement program until he left in 1994. In the only survey ever conducted, he was voted by his peers as the best lawyer at the Commission. He has served as a special assistant US attorney, a member of the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), Master of the Bar of the Charles Fahy American Inns of Court, chair of the Government Antitrust Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section, chair of the Merger Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section, and co-chair of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Federal Bar Association.
In private practice, Mr Newborn has continued to conduct major litigations as well as lead mergers and acquisitions though the Agencies, obtaining approvals for well over 100 transactions, many of which had run into regulatory blocks before he was retained. He has been cited by every publication that ranks antitrust lawyers as one of the best in the profession. Chambers notes that commentators rated Newborn "in a class of his own" and notes that he is endorsed by clients as "someone you'll turn to on a life and death merger transaction."
Mr Newborn has extensive experience in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare, energy, chemicals, defense, retailing, and an array of hi-tech products. He represents many of the Fortune 100 companies in their most critical antitrust matters.
The antitrust cases he has tried include the first successful Section 7(A)G(2) proceeding under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and the first successful interpretation of the Bankruptcy Act as not limiting the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Mr Newborn is an expert in high-stakes antitrust litigation. He has served as lead counsel in numerous trials and is recognized by every ranking publication as one of the nation's leading antitrust trial lawyers. He is the recipient of the Brandeis Award presented to the Federal Trade Commission's finest litigator.
Mr Newborn was a main contributor to the 1992 Federal Merger Guidelines and is the author of a number of articles on both antitrust and trial practice. He was called to the Department of Defense's Antitrust Task Force that advised the Secretary of Defense concerning horizontal merger policy in the defense industry and has lectured on antitrust and litigation at the nation's top universities, and to government agencies throughout the US and Europe.