Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Stephen Libowsky is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and head of the Firm's US Competition and Antitrust practice.
Steve has broad experience working on antitrust and other complex commercial litigation. His experience includes counseling clients on a wide range of antitrust and competition issues, navigating deals through the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and competition agencies around the world, and achieving numerous successes in trial and appellate courts, government enforcement proceedings and private arbitrations.
Steve represents clients in connection with antitrust reviews of proposed mergers, joint ventures, relationships with competitors, distribution arrangements and unfair competition issues. He advises and represents clients in connection with antitrust grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions, has directed or conducted internal investigations, and has represented clients in parallel and subsequent civil, criminal and administrative investigations or proceedings.
Steve has counseled and represented clients—both plaintiffs and defendants—in a wide range of industries and markets, including recorded music, television broadcasting, newspaper publishing, information retrieval and many other technology industries, sports, retail, health care, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, agribusiness including cattle and steel, automotive and many other manufacturing and service industries. He has particular experience representing health care clients on antitrust matters, including in connection with joint ventures and operating arrangements, mergers and affiliations, reimbursement, peer review, ancillary businesses involved in alleged monopolies, and managed care contracting.
Steve has also tried and litigated a wide range of business disputes, especially post-employment litigation relating to the protection of confidential and trade secret business information, including disputes surrounding the departure and arrival of key employees involving claims of unfair competition; theft of trade secrets and breaches of nondisclosure agreements, covenants not to compete and duty of loyalty and executive compensation agreements. He has also counseled and represented business clients in disputes involving the insolvency of entities issuing or guaranteeing plan benefits, and in a variety of matters in connection with bankruptcy, insolvency and rehabilitation proceedings of insurance companies.