Stephen Weissman, a recent former Deputy Director for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, is a partner and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group based in Washington, D.C. A former top antitrust enforcer and accomplished defense lawyer, Mr. Weissman brings exceptional experience and a practical approach to representing companies in antitrust investigations by the FTC and U.S. Department of Justice, as well as litigating antitrust and private business disputes in federal court. He also counsels clients in criminal antitrust investigations and on issues relating to joint ventures and distribution arrangements. Chambers USA describes him as “a fantastic lawyer” and a “tour de force.”
While serving as FTC Deputy Director from 2013-2015, Mr. Weissman was involved in and supervised all of the agency’s merger and non-merger investigations and litigations, spanning a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, the defense industry, healthcare, consumer products, energy, high-tech and chemicals. Mr. Weissman served as lead trial counsel in the FTC’s successful challenge to the $3.5 Billion acquisition by Sysco Corp. of U.S. Foods, Inc., a matter widely considered to be the most important merger litigation in a decade.
Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Weissman co-chaired the Antitrust and Competition practice at another global law firm, where he served as one of the lead lawyers in a number of headline and high-stakes antitrust cases. In 2016, National Law Journal named Mr. Weissman an “Antitrust Trailblazer” and Global Competition Review named him as a finalist for both its “Lawyer of the Year” and “Litigator of the Year” awards.
He has tried a number of cases including both bench and jury trials, argued appeals in multiple U.S. Courts of Appeal, and litigated claims under the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, and Robinson-Patman Act, as well as breach of contract and business tort claims.
Mr. Weissman is regularly recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner by national legal ranking publications, including Chambers USA (2016-2021), Legal 500 (2013, 2015-2021), Best Lawyers in America (2020-2022) Who’s Who Legal Litigation (2017-2021), Super Lawyers (2018-2021), and Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers (2012, 2013, 2018-2021).
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*Includes matters handled prior to joining Gibson Dunn
Mr. Weissman received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a BA in Economics from Tufts University. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland, District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia.
University of Pennsylvania - 1994 Juris Doctor
Tufts University - 1991 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar