Stephen D. Houck
Stephen D. Houck (Of Counsel) concentrates in the field of antitrust and commercial litigation. His extensive antitrust experience includes both government service and private practice. While Chief of the Antitrust Bureau, New York State Attorney General’s Office (1995 to 1999), Steve acted as lead trial counsel for the 20 state plaintiffs in the government lawsuit against Microsoft. He has represented private clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in numerous antitrust litigations as well as before government agencies. Steve is a member of the Executive Committee, and a former Chair, of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association, and has lectured and written on a variety of antitrust topics. He was the 2012 recipient of William T. Lifland Award for distinguished service to the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section and to the legal profession.
Steve also has extensive commercial litigation experience. As a partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine and Reboul MacMurray Hewitt Maynard & Kristol, Steve represented clients in a broad range of commercial disputes, arbitrations and tort actions. He also served as Vice President of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and Co-Chair of the Homelessness Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. Steve holds an A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University (1969) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1972).
Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
Professional & Community Involvement:
- Executive Director, Center for State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws, Inc.
- Member, Board of Directors, Princeton Class of 1969 Community Service Fund.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Articles:
- Panelist, “The FTC’s Google Investigation: Implications for the States and Other Countries,” Third Annual Conference on Competition Policy in Search and Social Media sponsored by George Mason Law School’s Law & Economics Center, May, 2013.
- Resolving the FTC’s Investigation of Google: A Good Deal for Consumers, Main Justice, December 3, 2012
- Parallel Federal/State Antitrust Investigations, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, November 2012
- FTC’s Investigation of Google: The End Game, Law360 Competition, October 17, 2012
- The Microsoft Case and Google, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, May 2012.
- Convergence of Internet search and social networks, The Hill’s Congress Blog, February 7, 2012.
- Speaker, ABA Next Generation of Antitrust Scholars Program, NYU Law School, January, 2012.
- Search, Innovation, and Antitrust, Huffington Post, November 10, 2011.
- Google, Monopoly and Antitrust 101, Huffington Post, October 7, 2011.
- Why Google is not Microsoft, Huffington Post, September 20, 2011.
- Panelist, “Adapting to a New Enforcement Environment: What Changes in Enforcement Priorities Should We Expect From State Attorneys General?”, Fall Forum, sponsored by the American Bar Association in November, 2009
- Moderator, “Antitrust Federalism: Enhancing the Federal/State Relationship” sponsored by Columbia Law School and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in October, 2009.
- Panelist, “The Divergent Antitrust Policies of the USDOJ, FTC and State AGs,” sponsored by the District of Columbia Bar in January, 2009.
- Panelist, “Basic First Aid: Antitrust Injury Under Clayton Act Sections 4 and 16″, Brown Bag program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association in December, 2008.
- Panelist, “Integrating Substantive Law, Strategy and Trial Tactics in a Complex Monopolization Case” at a Harvard Law School symposium in September, 2008.
- Served as a faculty member for the Antitrust Trial Practice Training Program sponsored by NAGTRI, the educational arm of the National Association of State Attorneys General (NAAG), in August, 2008.
- Panelist, “Developments in Criminal Antitrust Enforcement” sponsored by the New York State Bar Association in January, 2008.
- Panelist, “E-Discovery” at a meeting of the NAAG Antitrust Working Group in October, 2006.