24th Annual Golden State Institute
The State Bar of California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section presents
Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute
& Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Reception
October 16, 2014
The Julia Morgan Ballroom
Merchant Exchange Building
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA
MCLE Credit to be determined. More information will be available soon.
2014 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year - Phillip H. Warren.
Phillip H. Warren joined the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. in 1980. In 1984, he moved to the Division’s San Francisco Office, the only office in the country with major responsibility for criminal and civil antitrust enforcement. There he was Assistant Chief from 1997 to 2002 and Chief from 2002 to January 2014.
Mr. Warren led or supervised grand jury investigations of dozens of international cartels in widely varying industries, including many commodity chemicals and high-technology products such as DRAM, TFT-LCD panels, cathode ray tubes, optical disk drives, and lithium ion battery cells. He was lead attorney on the first seven criminal international cartel cases the Office filed, including the citric acid price-fixing case, U.S. v. Archer Daniels Midland Co. From 1997 to 2013, he oversaw more than 40 international cartel case filings in which the Office secured criminal fines totaling almost $3 billion. He also closely supervised domestic criminal investigations, including filings in 2011-13 of more than 50 cases and plea agreements charging bid rigging on real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California. Mr. Warren served as lead attorney on U.S. v. All Star Industries and U.S. v. Guthrie, and supervised many other criminal trials, including the prosecutions in 2012-13 of U.S. v. AU Optronics Corp., U.S. v. Leung, and U.S. v. Bai, three trials of alleged conspirators in the TFT-LCD panel cartel.
For more than 15 years, Mr. Warren worked closely with Antitrust Division management in Washington, D.C. in developing the Division’s international cartel enforcement policies, including application of the Division’s Leniency Policy, policies for negotiating plea terms with corporations and executives, and practices for coordinating investigations with foreign enforcement authorities.
For the past 35 years, the San Francisco Office has had responsibility for reviewing premerger filings. Since early 2000, the Office has been responsible for the review of filings involving California-based firms in designated high-technology industries. Mr. Warren led or played leadership roles in several merger investigations resulting in case filings that blocked transactions, including Worldcom’s proposed acquisition of Sprint Corp, U.S. v. Worldcom, Inc. and Sprint Corp., and France Telecom and Deutsch Telekom’s proposed acquisition of $3.5 billion in stock of Sprint Corporation, U.S. v. Sprint/France Telecom/Deutsche Telekom. He also served on several merger trial teams, including U.S. v. Sungard Data Systems, U.S. v. Rank Industries, and U.S. v. Rice Growers Association. As Chief, he oversaw all of the Office’s civil work, including preliminary inquiries and Second Requests of proposed transactions that raised potential competitive issues.
Mr. Warren is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Attorney General Award for Distinguished Service (2012) (for successful prosecution of U.S. v. AU Optronics), the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive (2009) (highest award given to career federal government Senior Executive Service members), the Department of Justice John Marshall Award for Participation in Litigation (1998), and the Antitrust Division Hugh P. Morrison Award for Exceptional Accomplishment as an Antitrust Litigator (1994).
Before joining the Justice Department, Mr. Warren was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles (1979-80) and a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala (1973-75). He graduated from the UCLA School of Law and Santa Clara University.