Morrison & Foerster LLP
David L. Meyer's practice involves representing clients in a wide range of industries in all aspects of antitrust law, including mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, litigation, and strategic counseling to manage antitrust risks. According to Legal 500 U.S., clients have said Mr. Meyer exhibits a “deep expertise and a very strong intellect.” Chambers USA sources recognize Mr. Meyer as a “really smart, really strong lawyer” who “understands the issues well and is well connected.” Mr. Meyer has also been named to the Global Competition Review’s International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, and recognized by Best Lawyers and Washingtonian magazine in the area of antitrust law.
On the transactional front, Mr. Meyer advises clients in numerous industries on potential mergers and acquisitions. He recently obtained clearance from the DOJ for Sourcefire’s sale to Cisco and SoftBank’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Sprint and Clearwire, and from the FTC for the sale of Elpida Memory, Inc., a Japan-based DRAM manufacturer, Micron Technology, Inc., a major U.S.-based producer of DRAM; and Terumo Corporation’s $2.6 billion acquisition of U.S. medical device company CaridianBCT. Among his other recent antitrust matters, he is representing TTX Company in its 2014 application for reauthorization of its flatcar pooling authority; he is acting for Amadeus IT Group in connection with a pending civil investigation of the airline global distribution systems industry by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and he has assisted various companies in connection with internet-focused antitrust investigations. He has also represented Union Pacific Railroad Company in a monopolization suit filed by Oxbow Minerals, and Seiko Epson in its defense of price-fixing allegations in the TFT-LCD Antitrust Litigation.
His recent litigation experience also includes two trial victories for PPL Corporation in federal court preemption challenges to the constitutionality of state energy regulatory programs in PPL EnergyPlus v. Nazarian (D. Md. 2013) and PPL EnergyPlus v. Solomon (D. N.J. 2013).
Mr. Meyer joined Morrison & Foerster from the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, where he served most recently as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and prior to that as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement. At the Antitrust Division, he was responsible for civil investigations and litigation, merger reviews, and other matters pertaining to a wide range of industries, including high technology, defense, media, manufacturing, and financial services. Among numerous other matters, Mr. Meyer had responsibility for the Antitrust Division’s investigations of Google’s proposed advertising agreement with Yahoo!, the XM-Sirius merger, CME’s acquisition of the Chicago Board of Trade, Monsanto’s acquisition of Delta and Pine Land Company, Mittal Steel’s acquisition of Arcelor, Thomson’s acquisition of Reuters, and the Division’s lawsuit against Microsemi Corp. in connection with the company’s consummated acquisition of Semicoa’s high-tech manufacturing assets.
Before joining the Antitrust Division in 2006, Mr. Meyer was a partner at Covington & Burling for 12 years and a vice chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Consumer Protection Group. During his time at Covington, he counseled Fortune 500 corporate clients and trade associations on complex issues, including issues relating to pricing, joint ventures and alliances, e-commerce initiatives, distribution arrangements, and industry standards setting. Mr. Meyer also represented parties in connection with investigations and enforcement actions by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, including on mergers such as Exxon’s acquisition of Mobil and conduct investigations involving alleged monopolization and coordinated action. He also litigated private antitrust cases, including class actions and state antitrust actions such as In re Brand Name Prescription Drug Antitrust Litigation, Clayworth v. Pfizer, Inc., Utilimax.com, Inc. v. PPL EnergyPlus, Inc., and Dial A Car v. Transportation, Inc., and handled railroad competition and economic-regulatory matters before the Surface Transportation Board, including merger and pooling matters such as Union Pacific’s acquisition of Southern Pacific and TTX Company’s equipment pooling re-authorization proceeding.
Prior to Covington & Burling, Mr. Meyer spent two years as Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust.
Mr. Meyer serves on the Advisory Committee of George Washington University Competition Law Center’s Annual Corporate Antitrust Roundtable. He also serves as co-chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Trade Sports & Professional Associations Committee, and is incoming vice-chair of the Section’s Exemptions and Immunities Committee. Mr. Meyer received a 2012 Burton Distinguished Writing Award in Law for an article he co-authored, and received the James R. Nelson Memorial Award in Economics from Amherst College. Mr. Meyer was also Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation.