Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced today that antitrust and litigation Partner Stephen D. Libowsky has joined the firm in its Chicago office. A trusted business advisor with experience across a wide range of industries, Libowsky guides clients through the complexities of antitrust and competition issues in litigation, regulatory and transactional matters.
Libowsky will work across a broad range of critical industries, including health care, automobile, agribusiness (including cannabis), energy, entertainment and media, life sciences/pharmaceuticals, music, sports, and technology. His practice focuses on joint ventures and operating arrangements, mergers, affiliations, reimbursement matters, peer review, managed care and ancillary businesses alleged to involve monopoly leveraging. Additionally, Libowsky will help clients navigate deals through the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission and other competition agencies in the United States and across the globe.
“Steve’s arrival in Chicago is the latest example of our continued commitment to expanding in the Midwest and is part of our broader strategic growth across the country,” said Donna L. Wilson, Manatt’s CEO and Managing Partner. “His antitrust experience will be a boon to our clients across our core industry areas including health care, life sciences, energy and technology, among others.”
Libowsky’s antitrust work includes grand jury and internal investigations; relationships with competitors; and distribution, pricing and unfair competition matters. He has tried antitrust cases to verdict for clients as both a plaintiff and as a defendant, and in addition to handling transactions and resolving disputes, he has successfully arbitrated numerous cases to decision before three-member arbitration panels.
As an active member of his community, Libowsky 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 more than 25 years. Steve has 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 District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association, Access Living and others.
Manatt has been strategically expanding its roster of legal and business consulting professionals across its various practices and offices. Libowsky joins other recent arrivals, including former CFPB regulator Bryan Schneider, who also recently joined in Chicago, as well as former CEO and COO of New York Health + Hospitals/Harlem Eboné Carrington; former Massachusetts prosecutor Karin Bell; accomplished New York real estate Partner Ted Hunter; nationally recognized trial attorney Naeun Rim; D.C.-based health care professionals Linda Elam and Blair M. Cantfil; Manatt Digital and Technology Partners Thomas W. Michael and Rustin M. Brown in LA and D.C., respectively; and President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges Dr. Darrell G. Kirch.