David A. Higbee

Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
Lawyer (Partner)

David Higbee is co-head of the Global Antitrust Group. His practice 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 US 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 US 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 US Attorney General and White House Liaison. He was designated a Special Assistant US Attorney. David recently led transition planning for the Antitrust Division during the change in Administrations. 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.


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David A. Higbee 31 May 2019 New York


1207 Bulletin

Jessica K. Delbaum, John Skinner, David A. Higbee, Djordje Petkoski, John Cove 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 investigations


The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Division) finally will consider the existence of effective antitrust compliance programs at the charging stage of criminal antitrust investigations, opening up the possibility that cartel participants could avoid prosecution even if they (...)

Arjun Chandran, David A. Higbee, Djordje Petkoski, Jessica K. Delbaum, Wayne Dale Collins The US FTC files an administrative complaint challenging a proposed acquisition and enters into a proposed consent decree (Red Venture / Bankrate)


On November 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint challenging Red Ventures’ proposed acquisition of Bankrate. The FTC alleged that the deal likely would have lessened competition in the market for thirdparty paid referral services for senior living facilities—even though Red (...)

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