Stephen P. Murphy

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Antitrust/Competition Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Compliance for Risk Management
  • Venture Capital
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Private Equity
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Technology
University Boston College, A.B., cum laude
Law SchoolCatholic University School of Law, J.D. Editor, Law Review
Admitted1976, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland


Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association
The American Law Institute -Elected Member
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs - Board Trustee
District of Columbia Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee - Past Chair


Steve is an antitrust and competition trial attorney and counselor with particular emphasis on price fixing, distributor relations, monopolization, and federal and state unfair competition investigations. He possesses extensive and successful experience in the defense and prosecution of civil antitrust cases, counseling in criminal antitrust investigations, merger and acquisition analysis, and advice on cutting edge pricing and distribution issues.
Steve's antitrust and trade regulation practice includes experience counseling pharmaceutical companies on pricing and distribution, counseling U.S. financial institutions on mergers and acquisitions, advising a movie studio on distribution issues, counseling international shipping companies on information exchanges, and representing a major textile producer in a lucrative settlement of a plaintiff's opt-out antitrust case. In addition, he has represented clients in connection with the Antitrust Division's Corporate Leniency Program. Since 2013, Steve has been named a Washington, DC Super Lawyer for antitrust litigation by the corporate counsel edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Antitrust Experience

•Settled a textile producers' plaintiff's antitrust opt out case for $107 million

•Successfully prosecuted civil antitrust claims against the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Inc. establishing seminal U.S. Supreme Court law on association liability for member misconduct

•Defended major textile producer in price fixing class actions

•Counseled major pharmaceutical companies on pricing and distribution issues

•Represented medical specialty groups in competitive disputes

•Defended Hitachi, Inc. in successful dismissal of Go-Video v. Aka

•Counseled international shipping lines on information exchanges

•Successfully settled case on behalf of dental hygienists in California state antitrust claims

•Defended client and successfully settled trademark infringement and Sherman Act case brought by Red Bull

•Defended multiple defendants in In Re Trash Antitrust Litigation

Steve has also represented clients before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for more than fifteen years, with significant involvement in many of the issues arising under the recently enacted Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. He has represented manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers before the Commission, as well as consortia of manufacturers on industry wide issues. He has been very active with the National Association of Manufacturers CPSC Council in advocating issues of general application across industries before the Commission.
CPSC Experience

•Settled a CPSC civil fine demand of $375, 000 on a consumer product retailer for $45, 000

•Represented numerous consumer product manufacturers and distributors in connection with CPSC recalls and investigations

•Counseled clients on labeling and testing requirements under the CPSIA

•Represented building products manufacturer in federal litigation against statutory jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Before Edwards Wildman

Previously Steve was a partner in the antitrust litigation groups of ReedSmith LLP and McDermott, Will and Emery LLC.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Steve is a youth hockey coach and plays adult hockey with his sons. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Jane LaBarbera (Managing Director, Association of American Law Schools) and their children, Philip, Sarah and Andrew.


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U.S. Merger Control - FTC Announces Revised HSR Filing Thresholds for 2014
Thomas F. Bush,Joseph A. Farside,Edward F. Glynn,Stephen P. Murphy, January 24, 2014
The United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised the filing thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) for 2014. The 2014 thresholds will apply to transactions that will close after a date to be determined in late...
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Stephen P. Murphy

1875 Eye Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20006


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