Mike Scarborough > Vinson & Elkins LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
SUITE 2000
United States


Mike is a first-chair trial attorney who focuses on antitrust litigation and competition-related government investigations.

He has extensive experience handling international cartel investigations and litigation, class actions, high-stakes commercial disputes, consumer protection matters, and litigation and regulatory advocacy at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law. He regularly represents multinational businesses in all phases of class action, direct plaintiff and competitor litigation, from pre-complaint investigation through trial and appeal, and frequently guides businesses and individuals through civil and criminal matters involving federal and state enforcement agencies. He has helped clients successfully manage and avoid regulatory inquiries and litigation around the world.

Mike’s tireless and determined client advocacy garner him regular client, peer and media recognition, with nods from Competition Law360Chambers USAAmerican LawyerBenchmark LitigationLegal 500Daily JournalBest Lawyers in AmericaLawdragonAcritas Stars and Super Lawyers. Clients and commentators describe the “very impressive” Mike Scarborough as “an excellent attorney who is detail-oriented, a strong writer and a strategic thinker” and a “fierce advocate with integrity and professionalism” (Chambers USA); “a great negotiator” and “an incredible legal tactician” (Acritas); and “a tough advocate, who is also professional and fair” (Legal 500).


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1993, with distinctionPhi Beta Kappa

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

With a strong foothold in the chemicals, agriculture, and heavy industry sectors, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s antitrust practice stands out for its strong track record advising its clients in large multidistrict litigations and class actions. Key names in the team include practice co-head Craig Seebald, in Washington DC, who also co-heads the firm’s litigation and regulatory offering, and antitrust co-heads Hill Wellford, a former Antitrust Division trial lawyer, and Jason Powers, based in Washington DC and Houston, respectively. Seebald’s broad practice focuses on defending multinational corporations in cartel and price-fixing investigations and subsequent follow-on litigation, while Powers has particular expertise in the energy and oil and gas industries. Washington DC’s Stephen Medlock is a key contact for multidistrict class actions alleging monopolization and has notable experience acting on both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s sides. In San Francisco, Dylan Ballard and Mike Scarborough handle Sherman and Clayton Act cases and competitor-on-competitor litigation, respectively.