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. 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.

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1984
    Order of the Coif
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1981
    Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
  • 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 2007-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in the Competition/Antitrust category of the 2012-2017 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 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
  • "Is Google a Monopoly, or Is Competition Just 'A Click Away'?" Antitrust Intellectual Property Conference: Antitrust and IP in Silicon Valley and Beyond, October 2011
  • "Acquisitions and Mergers," Practising Law Institute's Antitrust Institute 2011: Developments & Hot Topics, March 2011
  • Moderator, "Merger Hypothetical," Global Competition Review Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, February 2011
  • "Antitrust Analysis of Joint Ventures," Practising Law Institute's Antitrust and the Deal 2010, February 2010
  • "Standard Setting and 'Patent Ambush': Lessons from the Federal Circuit's Recent Qualcomm v. Broadcom Decision," Practising Law Institute webcast, March 2009
  • "The Substantive Scope of Section 5 of the FTC Act," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Fall Forum, November 2008
  • "Section 5 of the FTC Act," Federal Trade Commission workshop, October 2008
  • "The Increasing Role of Antitrust Principles in Defining Patent Rights," IPO Conference, June 2008
  • "Antitrust for the Web-based Economy," Newport Summit on Antitrust Law and Economics, May 2008
  • "Successfully Defending Pharmaceutical Antitrust Suits: Focus on Class Actions and Other Antitrust Litigation," ACI Pharmaceutical Antitrust Conference, May 2008
  • "Unilateral Effects Analysis and Litigation," Federal Trade Commission workshop, February 2008
  • "Monopolization and Dominance: Legal Standards for Single-Firm Conduct," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Fall Forum, November 2007
  • "Industry and Regulatory Update," Via Licensing Summit, October 2007
  • "Antitrust Issues," LSI Technology M&A Conference, September 2007
  • "Patent Reform: Judicial, Legislative, and Administrative Responses to Fundamental Questions," ABA Sections of Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property/Antitrust Conference, June 2007
  • "Avoiding Antitrust Dilemmas in Mergers and Acquisitions," ACI Conference on Pharmaceutical Antitrust, May 2007
  • "Final Session: Single-Firm Conduct and Antitrust Law," DOJ/FTC Section 2 Hearings, May 8, 2007
  • "Intellectual Property and the Antitrust Review of Mergers and Acquisitions," ABA Section of Antitrust Spring Meeting, April 2007
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court