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Steven L. Holley


Steven L. Holley

New York +1-212-558-4737+1-212-558-4737 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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Steven Holley is a member of S&C’s Litigation Group. His practice focuses on antitrust counseling and litigation, but also includes bankruptcy, securities and tax litigation, as well as complex commercial disputes.

He has extensive experience advising clients on competition issues, including reviews of prospective mergers and acquisitions and other investigations conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission and state attorneys general. He has handled cases in state and federal courts and has substantial experience with arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Holley’s practice has addressed a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, extraction and refining of primary metals, distilled spirits, automotive components, microprocessors, pharmaceuticals, electricity generation, medical imaging equipment, newspaper publishing and computer software.

Starting in 1992, Mr. Holley represented Microsoft in the series of government enforcement actions in the United States and other countries, as well as private antitrust litigation brought by competitors and consumers of various Microsoft products. He was on the trial team in United States v. Microsoft and argued portions of the appeals to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He represented Microsoft in the acquisition of a large patent portfolio from Novell, and was recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The AmLaw Litigation Daily after obtaining dismissal of Novell’s claims against Microsoft on a motion for judgment as a matter of law after an 8-week jury trial in Utah.

Rankings and Recognitions
  • The National Law Journal – Antitrust Trailblazer (2018)
  • The American Lawyer – Transatlantic Lawyer of the Year: Antitrust (2016)
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation – Litigation Star (2008-2018) and Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States (2016-2018)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – recognized as a leader for Antitrust Litigation (2007-2018)
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended Lawyer for Antitrust Litigation (2007-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – recognized for Antitrust Litigation (2013-2018)
  • New York Super Lawyers – recognized for Antitrust Litigation (2013-2017)
  • The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers


  • Nomura America in a month-long bench trial in federal district court in New York City in a case brought by the conservator of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae involving the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities
  • Bayer is its $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto
  • Praxair in its $80 billion merger with Linde
  • Amazon in its $13.4 billion acquisition of Whole Foods
  • Diageo in its acquisition of the Casamigos tequila brand
  • Alcatel-Lucent in its $16.6 billion acquisition by Nokia
  • Dyax in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Shire
  • Harris Corporation in its $4.6 billion acquisition of Exelis
  • Idenix Pharmaceuticals in its $3.8 billion acquisition by Merck
  • Intercontinental Exchange in its $5.2 billion acquisition of Interactive Data Corporation
  • Kraft Foods in its $55 billion acquisition by Heinz
  • Tesoro in its $6 billion acquisition of Western Refining
  • ZF Friedrichshafen in its $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive