Steven K. Bernstein

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Steven K. Bernstein

Steven K. Bernstein

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Biography

Steven Bernstein, a partner in the Washington DC office, focuses on antitrust counseling and litigation, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. He joined the firm in 2004 after serving for more than 12 years at the Federal Trade Commission, most recently as Assistant Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, where he oversaw the Bureau’s Mergers I Division.

Since joining Weil, Mr. Bernstein has represented numerous clients before the FTC and the Department of Justice and has successfully obtained antitrust clearance for major transactions in a variety of industries. Mr. Bernstein has also represented clients in non-merger matters before the antitrust enforcement agencies and in private litigation.

While at the FTC, Mr. Bernstein was involved in supervising the FTC’s merger enforcement program in a wide range of industries, including aerospace and defense, healthcare, and industrial products. Mr. Bernstein played a significant role in a number of important antitrust enforcement actions in these industries, including the successfully litigated challenge of Alliant Techsystems’ proposed acquisition of Olin’s Ordnance Division. He was also responsible for negotiating numerous consent agreements, including settlements in Lockheed Martin/Loral, Astra/Zeneca, Boeing/Rockwell Aerospace and Defense, ABB/Elsag Bailey, Illinois Tool Works/Hobart Brothers, and S.C. Johnson/DowBrands.

Mr. Bernstein has been recognized in Chambers USA, Global Competition Review and Legal 500 USA, and was named a “Best Lawyer” in the specialty of Antitrust Law by Best Lawyers in America 2010-2013. He also has received numerous awards at the FTC, including the Paul Rand Dixon Award for his outstanding contributions to the FTC’s merger enforcement program in the defense industry, the FTC’s Excellence in Supervision Award, the Outstanding Team Effort Award, the FTC Award for Superior Service, and the FTC Award for Meritorious Service. In 2002, Mr. Bernstein was recognized by Corporate Board Member Magazine as one of the nation’s best and brightest attorneys under the age of 40. Mr. Bernstein has also written articles discussing the role of antitrust enforcement in the defense and pharmaceutical industries, participated in the development of the FTC Best Practices Guidelines for Merger Investigations, and served as vice chair of the Government Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.

Mr. Bernstein received his J.D. in 1991 from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as the executive editor of the Northwestern University Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. In 1988, he received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Miami, where he graduated magna cum laude.

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Steven K. Bernstein
Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1991

The Northwestern University School of Law is an elite, private American law school in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the North Side's Streeterville, it is one of the twelve constituent schools of Northwestern University. The law school was founded in 1859 as the Union College of Law of the Old University of Chicago. The first law school established in Chicago, it became jointly controlled by Northwestern University in 1873 and fully incorporated into Northwestern in 1891. Northwestern Law is a member of the "T-14" law schools, a prestigious group of 14 schools that have national recognition.

B.B.A. in Accounting, magna cum laude
Class of 1988

The University of Miami School of Business is a leading business school, offering undergraduate business, full-time MBA, Executive MBA, MS, PhD and non-degree executive education programs. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Miami, the School is located in a major hub of international trade and commerce and acclaimed for the global orientation and diversity of its faculty, students and curriculum. The School delivers its programs at its main campus in Coral Gables, Fla., as well as at locations across Florida and abroad.

Memberships
Executive Editor
Prior

Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology is a student-run publication at Northwestern University School of Law that prints four issues annually and rests upon a century of scholarship devoted to the scientific study of criminal law and criminology. Since its inception in 1910, the Journal strives to capture the breadth and depth of legal scholarship on crime through the publication of legal articles, criminological research, book reviews, and symposia. The Journal is consistently ranked among the most influential legal and criminology publications and remains the most widely read and cited criminal law journal.

Career History
Partner
2004 - Current

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

Assistant Director, Bureau of Competition
Prior

Federal Trade Commission is a government organization whose main goals are to protect consumers and ensure a strong competitive market by enforcing a variety of consumer protection and antitrust laws. The organization provides services to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair to consumers. Federal Trade Commission was founded on September 26, 1914, and is based in Washington, D.C.

Political Donations
$500
2008

Former President of United States

$1,000
2007

Former Senator from New York

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Molina Healthcare, Inc. purchases Magellan Complete Care, Inc. from Magellan Health, Inc.

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Franklin Templeton Investments purchases Legg Mason, Inc.

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Walgreen Co., Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. purchase Freds, Inc. /179 Pharmacy Stores from Fred's, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2013
Best Lawyers - The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Litigation
2012
Best Lawyers - The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Litigation
2011
Best Lawyers - The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Litigation
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