Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Stephen Libowsky is an antitrust and litigation partner focused on helping clients navigate the complexities of antitrust and competition issues in litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. A trusted business advisor with experience across a variety of industries, Steve’s clients rely on him for a wide range of antitrust and competition issues, including navigating deals through the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission, and competition agencies globally.
Steve counsels companies across a broad range of critical antitrust-related areas, including joint ventures and operating arrangements, mergers, affiliations, distribution systems, cartels, reimbursement matters, peer review, managed care, and ancillary businesses alleged to involve monopoly leveraging. His antitrust work includes grand jury and internal investigations, relationships with competitors, distribution, pricing, and unfair competition matters. Additionally, Steve has tried antitrust cases to verdict for clients both as a plaintiff and as a defendant.
In addition to handling transactions and resolving disputes, Steve has successfully arbitrated numerous cases to decision before three-member arbitration panels.
Steve has advised clients across an extensive list of industries and sectors, including health care, automobile, agribusiness (including cannabis), energy, entertainment and media, financial services, life sciences, music, pharmaceuticals, sports and technology, among others.
As an active member of his community, Steve maintains a significant pro bono practice, which regularly involves many of today’s most pressing civil rights and liberties issues. He previously served as President of the Public Interest Law Initiative and has been on its Board of Directors for over 25 years. Steve has also earned numerous recognitions for his pro bono work, including the Edward Lewis Award from the Chicago Bar Association and awards from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; the Illinois State Bar Association; Access Living; and others.
At the start of his legal career, Steve was a law clerk to the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia.