SUSAN A. CREIGHTON

Partner
Antitrust

EXPERIENCE:

Susan Creighton is co-chair of the firm's antitrust practice. Susan's practice focuses on merger review, government conduct investigations, and antitrust litigation and counseling. Representative matters include serving as lead outside counsel for Google in the Federal Trade Commission's search investigation of the company, and representing Netflix in connection with the Justice Department's investigation of the proposed Comcast/TWC merger.

Susan was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Global Competition Review in 2013, and was one of The National Law Journal's "Outstanding Women Lawyers" in 2015. She has testified before the Antitrust Modernization Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Senate on antitrust-related issues. She also has written a number of widely cited articles, including on issues related to mergers, intellectual property, and unilateral conduct.

From 2003 through the end of 2005, Susan served at the Federal Trade Commission as Director of the Bureau of Competition. From 2001 to 2003, she served as Deputy Director of the Bureau under then-Director Joe Simmons. Prior to joining the FTC, Susan wrote the white paper for Netscape that is credited with triggering the Department of Justice's investigation and eventual suit against Microsoft for illegal monopolization.

Susan has served in a variety of leadership roles within the firm, including on the board of directors.

Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She also served as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer.

EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1984
    Order of the Coif
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1981
    Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
HONORS:
  • Recognized as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Washington, D.C., in the 2018 edition of Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2015-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Named to The National Law Journal's list of "Outstanding Women Lawyers" in 2015
  • Honored as "Lawyer of the Year" at the 2013 GCR Awards
  • Recipient of "Best Academic Unilateral Conduct Article" award at the 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards for her co-authorship of "Twenty-Five Years of Access Denials"
  • Named "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer in January 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2012-2018 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • Recognized among Lawdragon's "500 Leading Lawyers in America" for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists
  • Named in the 2007-2019 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in the Competition/Antitrust category of the 2012-2019 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Speaker, "What Can U.S. v. Microsoft Teach About Antitrust and Multi-Sided Platforms?" FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, October 16, 2018
  • Speaker, "Understanding Exclusionary Conduct in Cases Involving Multi-Sided Platforms: Issues Related to Vertically Integrated Platforms," FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, October 15, 2018
  • Speaker, "Generational Impact of The Antitrust Paradox," The Federalist Society Antitrust Paradox Conference, Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C., June 22, 2018
  • Speaker, "Non-Price Effects of Mergers," OECD, Paris, June 6, 2018
  • Speaker, "Big Data: Big Deal or No Deal?" ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, April 11, 2018
  • Speaker, "Change at the FTC and Its Effect on the Innovation Economy," WSGR Event, Menlo Park, California, April 5, 2018
  • Speaker, "Common Ownership and Passive Investments: The Next Frontier for Section 7?" George Mason Law Review's 21st Annual Antitrust Symposium, February 16, 2018
  • Speaker, "The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC)," Trump Antitrust Policy after One Year, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., January 23, 2018
  • Speaker, "Pharmaceutical Mergers and Innovation—Incentivizing v. Suppressing Development," ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, March 29, 2017
  • Panelist, "Regulatory Issues Important to Fintech Companies and Investors in Fintech," WSGR Fintech Conference: Current Issues Facing Fintech Companies and Investors, Menlo Park, California, February 9, 2017
  • Moderator, "Public Interest v. Competition Policy in the Appellate Courts," ABA Fall Forum, November 17, 2016
  • Moderator, "Taming the Beast—Corporate Counsel Speak," ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, April 7, 2016
  • Speaker, "Google and Android—The Case for and Against Antitrust Intervention," GCR Live Third Annual New York, September 21, 2015
  • Speaker, "Innovation: Can It Ever Be Anticompetitive?" ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, April 16, 2015
  • Panelist, "Enforcement and Litigation," Federal Trade Commission 100th Anniversary Symposium, November 2014
  • Moderator, "Defining Section 5 Unfair Methods of Competition," 62nd ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 2014
  • "Future of Unilateral Conduct Enforcement and Policy: A U.S. Perspective," 40th Annual Fordham University Competition Law Institute Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, September 2013
  • "Section 2 Litigation: Is Aspen Still Viable?" ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 2012
ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court