Steven F. Benz

Steven F. Benz: Attorney with Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C. AV stamp icon
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Steven Benz represents corporations as plaintiffs in antitrust, unfair competition, class action, and complex commercial cases in federal and state courts in the United States and in matters relating to the abuse of dominance and cartels in the European Union. He has more than twenty-five years of litigation experience and has served as counsel of record in more than 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals. Mr. Benz is a frequent speaker at conferences on competition law and complex civil litigation topics. In 2017 he was honored with the “ Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice ” award by the American Antitrust Institute.

As a partner at the firm, Mr. Benz has prosecuted leading-edge cases involving in part the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights, including monopolization, price fixing, and class actions under federal and state law; direct and indirect purchaser claims under state antitrust and unfair competition laws; and breach of contract, fraudulent transfer and deceptive trade practices litigation.

Mr. Benz represents Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against IQVIA Inc. and IMS Software Services Ltd. (IQVIA) in IQVIA Inc. and IMS Software Services Ltd. v. Veeva Systems Inc., No. 17-cv-00177 (D.N.J.). Veeva is alleging that IQVIA is abusing its monopoly power as the dominant provider of data products for life sciences companies to suppress competition and prevent life sciences companies from using Veeva’s competing data and software products.

Mr. Benz is co-lead counsel and represents the Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Company, H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood, LLC, and BEF Foods, Inc. in The Dial Corporation, et al. v. News Corporation, et al., Civ. Action No. 13-CV-06802 (WHP) (S.D.N.Y) (Judge Pauley), a Sherman Act monopolization case involving third-party in-store promotions. In 2016, on the first day of trial, Mr. Benz secured a settlement of $250 million and significant injunctive relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 CPG (consumer product goods) companies.

Mr. Benz also currently represents:

•the trustee for Ritz Camera & Image, LLC, CPM Electronics Inc., and E.S.E Electronics, Inc. and the certified direct purchaser class in Alfred T. Guliano, et al. v. SanDisk Corporation, Case No. CV 10-02787-SBA (N.D. Cal.) (Judge Armstrong), in a Walker Process (fraud on the Patent and Trademark Office) Sherman Act monopolization case;
•a corporate client and the direct purchaser class in MDL No. 2420, In Re: Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 4:13-md-02420-YGR (N.D. Cal.) (Judge Rogers); and
•a corporate client and the certified direct purchaser class in MDL No. 1917, In Re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 3:07-cv-05944-JST (N.D. Cal.) (Judge Tigar).

Speaking Engagements, Conferences & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Chief Litigation Officer Summit 2017, “Monetizing Your Company’s Litigation Assets: Corporate Class Action, Opt-Out, and Private Litigation” (September 24-26, 2017)

Panelist, University of Miami School of Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum, “Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, & The Settlement of Complex Class Actions” (December 8, 2017)


International Referral Global Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany (September 9-12, 2017)

Antitrust Litigation Forum, Nashville, Tennessee (October 22-24, 2017)


Below-Cost Sales and the Buying of Market Share, 42 Stanford Law Review 695 (1990)

Soviet Nationalities Policies and the Soviet Germans, 16 Heritage Review 11 (1986)

Trade Liberalization and the Global Service Economy, 19 Journal of World Trade Law 95 (1985)

High Technology Occupations Lead Growth in Services Employment, 7 Business America 19 (1984)

Co-author: The Trigger of Coverage Under CGL Policies, Insurance Coverage Litigation 1993: Critical Issues and Strategies, New York: Practicing Law Institute (1993)

Co-author: International Competition in Information Technologies: Foreign Government Intervention and the U.S. Response, 22 Stanford Journal of International Law 215 (1987)

Co-author: The Semiconductor Chip Protection Act: Experience in the Utilization of the Law and Current International Developments, 8 European Intellectual Property Review 229 (1986)

Co-author: U.S.-Japan Relations: Convergence and Cooperation in a Changing World Economy, Southwestern Legal Foundation (1986)

Private Investors Abroad: Problems and Solutions in International Business in 1986, Matthew Bender (1986)

Co-author: Government Procurement of Semiconductors: Economic and Environmental Issues Affecting a Major Strategic Resource, San Jose, Semiconductor Industry Association (1985)

Honors & Recognitions

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Recognized as an antitrust “Local Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation (2016, 2017, 2018)

Showcased in Who’s Who Legal as a leading lawyer in Competition Law (2015, 2017)

Featured in Expert Guides - The World's Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers - Competition and Antitrust (2018)

Member of International Referral Global Competition Law, United States (2017, 2018)

Featured in Leaders in Law Competition Law (2017)

Recognized as a Distinguished Professional by the Expert Network (2018)

Recognized as Competition Law expert by Advisory Excellence (2018/2019)

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Litigation
  • Antitrust

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.326.7929  Phone
202-326-7999  Fax
University Attended:
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., general honors, departmental honors, 1983
Law School Attended:
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, M.A.L.D., 1985; Stanford Law School, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; United States District Court for the District of Maryland; District of Columbia; Minnesota; Maryland; United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Iowa; Supreme Court of the United States; United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
District of Columbia Bar; American Bar Association (Member, Antitrust and Litigation Sections).
Government Service: Major, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 113th Fighter Wing, DC Air National Guard and US Air Force Reserve, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 1991-1998
Birth Information:
Baltimore, Maryland, September 16, 1960
Reported Cases:
Noteworthy Representations: In 2012, Mr. Benz achieved a significant ruling from the Federal Circuit in Ritz Camera & Image, LLC v. SanDisk Corporation, 700 F.3d 503 (Fed. Cir. 2012). The Federal Circuit held that direct purchasers have standing to pursue Walker Process (fraud on the Patent and Trademark Office) antitrust claims. Supporting amicus briefs were submitted by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, more than thirty state Attorneys General, and more than thirty law professors.; Mr. Benz and his partners were retained by AT&T Inc. to serve as lead trial counsel in the Department of Justice lawsuit to enjoin the merger of AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA, Inc., United States of America v. AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Deutsche Telekom AG, Civil No. 11-01560 (ESH) (D.D.C.).; Mr. Benz was one of the lead attorneys in Conwood Co. v. United States Tobacco Co., 290 F.3d 768 (6th Cir. 2002), in which the firm won the largest Sherman Act 2 damages award in history for our client. A jury awarded a judgment (after trebling) of $1.05 billion. This verdict was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit in 2002. Id.; Mr. Benz was one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs in Coordination Proceedings Special Title (Rule 1550(b)) Microsoft I - V Cases, J.C.C.P. No. 4106 (Cal. Super. Ct., San Fran.). He investigated, drafted and filed the complaint in Lingo et al. v. Microsoft Corp., No. 301357 (Cal. Super. Ct., San Fran.), which became the lead case against Microsoft in California after consolidation, on February 18, 1999. On January 10, 2003, plaintiffs' counsel and the class representatives reached an agreement with Microsoft on a settlement, which provided $1.1 billion in monetary benefits to California consumers and municipalities. This settlement is the largest recovery of a monopoly overcharge ever achieved in the United States and the largest recovery ever achieved under California's Cartwright Act or California's Unfair Competition Act.

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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