David Higbee is a partner in the Antitrust practice, Global Antitrust Practice Group Leader and Head of the Washington, D.C. Office at Shearman & Sterling. He focuses on antitrust government and internal investigations, merger review and complex litigation matters. He has represented clients in varied industries including defense, oil and gas, financial services and technology. David works regularly on matters before the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. David previously served at the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division. In that capacity, he advised the Assistant Attorney General on all matters related to the enforcement of the U.S. antitrust laws and oversaw investigations, civil litigation, and criminal prosecutions. At the Department of Justice, David also served as Deputy Associate Attorney General, and as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney General and White House Liaison. He was designated a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. David led transition planning for the Antitrust Division during the change in Administrations between 2016-2017. David also served at the White House under President George W. Bush as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Presidential Personnel, advising the President on the appointment of senior officials throughout the Executive branch.
The FTC abandons (the rule of) reasonShearman & Sterling, Ben Gris, Jessica Delbaum, David Higbee, Jonathan Cheng and Jacob Coate, November 2022
The US president Joe Biden signs an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the American economy using antitrust lawsConcurrences Bulletin, Ryan Shores, Benjamin Gris, David A. Higbee, Jessica K. Delbaum, Djordje Petkoski, Noni Nelson, Caitlin Hutchinson Maddox and Reena Agrawal Sahn, 9 July 2021, e-Competitions
Giving Effect to the RemedyDavid Higbee, Djordje Petkoski, Geert Goeteyn, Sara Ashall, Özlem Fidanboylu, Caroline Préel and John Skinner, Global Competition Review, October 2019
The Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice announces new policy to consider the existence of effective antitrust compliance programs at the charging stage of criminal antitrust investigationsJessica K. Delbaum, John Skinner, David A. Higbee, Djordje Petkoski and John Cove, e-Competitions News, July 2019
United States: CartelsDavid Higbee, Djordje Petkoski and Matthew Modell, Global Competition Review, September 2019