Get to Know: Stephen Bomse

Stephen Bomse, a partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation Group specializing in antitrust litigation. He is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading antitrust lawyers, having tried cases throughout the United States involving multibillion-dollar claims while also maintaining a significant appellate practice, including his successful representation of Weyerhaeuser Company in a major Section 2 case before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Bomse also represents clients from around the world in other types of complex commercial litigation, both at the trial and the appellate level. Mr. Bomse and his partner Larry Popofsky were counsel for GTE Sylvania in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of GTE Sylvania v. Continental T.V., 433 U.S. 36 (1977), which is widely credited with changing the direction of American antitrust law both in the area of vertical restraints and, and, more generally, by reorienting U.S. competition policy in favor of its current economic-based approach to the analysis of competition issues.

Among the many other companies for whom Mr. Bomse has handled significant antitrust matters are: Sony Corporation, 3M, Coca-Cola, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sara Lee Corporation, Levi Strauss & Co., American Home Foods, SunTrust Banks, Miller Brewing and Weyerhaeuser Company.

Mr. Bomse recently conducted a series of seminars in Taiwan addressing current antitrust issues of importance to international companies. He is the author of numerous antitrust and competition articles, including, most recently, Threading the American Needle: Is There Still Room for a Unitary Action Doctrine in Antitrust Cases Involving Joint Ventures?, published by Competition Policy International.

Before joining Orrick, Mr. Bomse was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP where he served for many years as a member of its Management and Policy Committee, and headed up both the Litigation Department and the firm’s Global Competition Practice.