Scott Sher is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Washington, D.C., office, where his practice focuses on antitrust counseling and litigation. He represents clients in connection with antitrust issues that arise throughout the merger and acquisition process, from pre-merger counseling through investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), and other foreign regulatory agencies. In addition, Scott has significant experience providing both day-to-day counseling and litigation representation to clients on issues pertaining to intellectual property, joint ventures, pricing and distribution, trade association, and patent pooling matters.

Scott's representations have included a number of cutting-edge cases involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law. He specializes in working with companies in the software, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, telecommunications, computer hardware, Internet infrastructure, and e-commerce industries. Global Competition Review, in its review of antitrust lawyers in the United States, called Scott "a true star of the antitrust bar."

Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Scott clerked for both the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco and the Honorable Charles A. Legge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


Scott has provided antitrust representation to clients with respect to the following matters:

  • Pharmacyclics before the Federal Trade Commission in connection with its $21 billion acquisition by AbbVie, involving next generation chronic lymphocytic leukemia therapies
  • HeiBei Welcome Pharmaceutical, the largest Vitamin C manufacturer in China, in connection with its appeal to the Second Circuit of a jury verdict finding the company responsible for price fixing. The case raises important and precedential application of the antitrust laws in situations where a foreign sovereign compels the defendant's actions
  • Trulia in connection with its successful acquisition by Zillow, an acquisition that combined the two leading national real estate portals, in a review that included an in-depth second request and Commission vote to approve the transaction
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers in connection with its acquisition of 14 stores in Texas from Albertsons, as a part of the Federal Trade Commission's divestiture order in the Albertons-Safeway merger
  • Dolby in connection with its acquisition of Doremi Technologies, a transaction that combined leading digital cinema server firms, in investigations before the Department of Justice and European Commission
  • CoPart in connection with its acquisition of car salvage competitor QCSA holdings, a transaction that combined two of the leading national car salvage companies, in an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission
  • Google in connection with the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into its acquisition of Waze, one of the leading crowd-sourced map companies
  • Google in connection with the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into a number of Google's business practices
  • Seagate Technology in its acquisition of the hard-disk-drive business of Samsung Electronics, a transaction that combined two leading HDD manufacturers, which received significant scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the European Commission and MOFCOM in China
  • Google in connection with its successful acquisition of ITA Software, which included a significant Department of Justice investigation into the transaction. Google completed the acquisition after agreeing to a consent order to license ITA's software on a non-discriminatory basis.
  • McAfee, Inc. in connection with the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission investigations into whether its acquisition by Intel Corporation would lessen competition in the security software or CPU markets
  • Sun Microsystems in connection with its acquisition by Oracle Corporation, working with the Department of Justice to dispel any concern that the transaction would cause any lessening of competition in the JAVA or database markets
  • Nuance with regard to its acquisitions of VoiceSignal, Philips Speech Recognition Services, and eScription, in connection with Department of Justice investigations into whether the transactions would lessen competition in the speech recognition market
  • Google before the Federal Trade Commission and other regulatory and political fora in connection with the company's acquisition of DoubleClick. After the issuance of a Second Request, the Federal Trade Commission closed its investigation in December 2007, noting that the acquisition of DoubleClick was unlikely to substantially lessen competition.
  • Private equity fund Vector Capital after the company was sued along with Francisco Partners by a class of WatchGuard Technologies investors who claimed that the two funds had colluded in their bidding to acquire WatchGuard voting securities. The firm secured the first-ever published opinion from the Western District of Washington concluding that such joint bidding does not implicate the antitrust laws.
  • Brocade Communications Systems in connection with the Federal Trade Commission's investigation and Second Request regarding Brocade's proposed acquisition of McDATA Corporation. The Federal Trade Commission ultimately voted to clear the acquisition in January 2007.
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after it was sued by rival West Penn Allegheny Medical System, which claimed that UPMC conspired with a leading health-insurance firm and took steps to exclude WPAMS from the market. The complaint was dismissed in its entirety.
  • Autodesk in connection with antitrust issues arising through its acquisitions of Revit, Alias, and SoftImage, leading developers of 3D-graphics technology for the architecture, media, and entertainment industries
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1997
    Cum Laude
  • B.S., Economics, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1994
    Cum Laude
  • B.A., Urban History, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
    Cum Laude
  • Vice Chair, Unilateral Conduct Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
  • Former Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
  • Former Vice Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
  • Former editor of the Antitrust Law Journal
  • Received "Lawyer of the Year - Under 40" GCR Award by Global Competition Review, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2008-2015 editions of The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists
  • Named one of the world's 40 leading competition lawyers under the age of 40 by Global Competition Review in both 2008 and 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2012-2015 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • Honored with the "Best Business Mergers Article - 2012 Antitrust Writing Award" from the Institute of Competition Law for co-authoring "EU and U.S. Antitrust Authorities Update: Best Practices on Cooperation in Merger Investigations"
  • Named among the District of Columbia's top antitrust attorneys in the 2011-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in which researchers singled him out for his "amazingly fast and very thorough analysis"
  • Honored by Law360 as one of five "Rising Stars" in competition law, 2011
  • Recognized by The Deal as one of eight attorneys who represent the "best up-and-coming talent in transactional lawyering," 2010
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California

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