Steve Edwards practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, contract disputes, fraud, insurance coverage, intellectual property, and securities litigation.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law where he finished in the top three percent of his class. After law school, he was an associate at a New York-based firm, where he worked primarily on antitrust cases involving the broadcasting, electronic data processing, and heavy equipment industries. He formed his own firm in 1980, which eventually became known as Davis, Weber & Edwards, which merged with Hogan & Hartson in 2000.
While he was with his own firm, Steve focused on takeover litigation, concentrating primarily on antitrust and securities issues. He also handled civil and criminal antitrust, securities, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) cases in the banking, computer, medical products, paper products, petroleum, pharmaceutical, and publishing industries. Among other things, he was involved in the successful defense of the chairman of a real estate company who was prosecuted for mail fraud. In addition, he served as outside general counsel for a software company and several trade associations.
Since joining Hogan & Hartson, Steve has continued to focus on antitrust, RICO, securities, and complex commercial litigation for the automotive, banking, broadcasting, chemicals, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, shipping, and telecommunications industries, among others. Steve has litigated many class actions, dealing with class issues at the certification stage, at trial and on appeal, and has also represented numerous companies in antitrust grand jury investigations. In addition, Steve has been involved in intellectual property and patent disputes and has represented a major financial information company in a dispute with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and various stock exchanges. Steve has tried cases before judges and juries, served as counsel in arbitrations, and argued appeals in numerous appellate courts throughout the country. He is currently involved in representing a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in more than 100 cases involving alleged fraud in reporting of pricing information.
In the antitrust area, Steve was on the team that defended IBM in more than 20 monopolization cases in the 1970s and has continued to work on IBM litigation since that time. He has also represented banks and broadcasting companies in cases raising essential facilities issues. He has handled cartel cases in both the civil and criminal contexts for a major automobile manufacturer, a magazine publisher, a Japanese trading company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, and a chemical company, and tying cases for a record company and a computer company. In addition, he has advised clients on mergers and joint ventures, as well as distribution, pricing, and intellectual property issues. He has also served as outside general counsel of two major trade associations, advising them on antitrust issues of all types.
From 1998 to 2000, Steve served as president of the Federal Bar Council, an organization of more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in the Federal Courts of the Second Circuit. He is also a past chair of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Committee for Civil Rules of the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Steve has written and lectured extensively on a variety of subjects, including antitrust law, class actions, ethics, expert witnesses, privileges, and constitutional law. Steve also chaired the ABAs Merger Guidelines Task Force, whose proposal was published in 81, Col. L. Rev. 1543 (1981).
Steve is president of Nazareth Housing, an organization that provides housing for the homeless, and treasurer of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.
Hogan & Hartson Publications
"U.S. Supreme Court Reformulates Pleading Standards Applicable to Antitrust Conspiracy Cases." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP