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Steven A. Reed is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice and co-chair of the firm's Antitrust Litigation Group. Mr. Reed has more than 20 years of commercial litigation experience, with particular emphasis on high stakes securities, corporate governance, and antitrust litigation. He has represented leading companies in a variety of industries, including life sciences, chemical and petroleum, entertainment, finance, insurance, technology, accounting, paper and office products, retail, and transportation. Before joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Reed served from 2009 until 2011 as vice president and deputy general counsel at a global biopharmaceutical company, where he managed the internal lawyers and external law firms that handled the company's litigation, employment, and regulatory law matters, and advised with respect to antitrust, disclosure, governance, and commercial matters. He also sat on a number of interdisciplinary policy and steering committees for the company, including its global compliance and enterprise risk management committees. For more information, view Mr. Reed's biography at


Previously, Mr. Reed was a partner at a boutique litigation firm that he helped to found in 1992, specializing in complex commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels throughout the United States.


Member, Central Board of Trustees for the Settlement Music School


University of Pennsylvania, 1990, J.D.; Franklin & Marshall College, 1987, B.A.

United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

Clients value Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘extremely high level of service’, with the ‘fabulous and easy-to-work-with’ global practice head Steven Reed and Brendan Fee, who are both based in Philadelphia, being singled-out for particular praise. The firm’s varied practice includes DOJ and FTC investigations as well as matters initiated by antitrust authorities in Europe and Asia. Darren Tucker, Hill Wellford and Silicon Valley’s Mark Krotoski are among several lawyers who have previously served in high-ranking positions at the US antitrust enforcement agencies. Royal Dutch Shell, ICAP and Merck & Co are among the firm’s active clients.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Led by global practice head Steven Reed from Philadelphia, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team covers a full range of antitrust disputes. Among several lawyers who have previously held senior positions at the US antitrust enforcement agencies, Hill Wellford was chief of staff at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and Willard Tom was general counsel of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Illustrative of the firm’s strong reputation, it acts for some of the world’s largest organizations from a variety of sectors, such as financial services, technology and life sciences. Reed, Brian Rocca (San Francisco), Brendan Fee (Philadelphia) and others successfully defended Uber Technologies against a lawsuit brought by Philadelphia Taxi Association and a dozen of its members, which cited claims of attempted monopolization and unfair competition. Other highlights included representing Lupin Ltd and Lupin Pharmaceuticals in two pay-for-delay MDLs. Deputy head of the practice Darren Tucker is based in Washington DC, as are the lawyers above where location information is not included.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team, which is jointly led by Steven Reed in Philadelphia and Darren Tucker, assists clients with filing HSR pre-merger notifications, FTC/DOJ investigations and obtaining non-US merger clearances, among other matters. In 2016, Scott Stempel and New York’s Harry Robins acted as lead US antitrust counsel to Pfizer in its proposed merger with Allergan, which included representing the client in an FTC investigation into the deal. Google, Qualcomm and Uber are other blue-chip clients. Tucker, Jonathan Rich, Willard Tom and Hill Wellford all have previous senior-level federal agency experience. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

The ‘imaginative and persistent’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a diverse and busy caseload, which includes numerous class action cases. In a recent highlight, a team led by J Gordon Cooney and Steven Reed in Philadelphia resolved two putative class action suits against clients Cephalon and Teva regarding “off-label” promotion; the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied certification, and the plaintiffs’ petition to appeal was denied. Among its ‘superb lawyers’ are the ‘client orientedHugh Tanner in Houston, and Kenneth Kliebard and Gregory Fouts in Chicago.

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