Shearman & Sterling (Washington)

Jacob Coate

Shearman & Sterling (Washington)

Jacob Coate is an associate in the Antitrust Practice, where he represents companies in high-stakes antitrust and complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal court. Jacob has represented numerous companies across various industries, including technology, shipping, banking, venture capital, and the public sector. And he has experience in cases arising under both Section 1 and Section 2 of the Sherman Act. Jacob also maintains a pro bono practice, focusing on protecting religious and other civil liberties. Jacob has robust experience at all stages of litigation, having written numerous critical trial motions, as well as appellate merits and amicus briefs. Recently, Jacob represented a client in the U.S. Supreme Court, helping to secure a 9-0 victory in a major First Amendment case. Before joining Shearman & Sterling, Jacob served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond W. Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Judge James S. Gwin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also served as a Constitutional Law Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and worked as a litigation associate at an international law firm.

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1070 Bulletin

Ben Gris, David A. Higbee, Ryan Shores, Jacob Coate The US Supreme Court gives a unanimous ruling which endorses early challenge to the FTC proceedings in Federal Courts (Axon / FTC)


On Friday, the Supreme Court held, 9-0, that two plaintiffs—Ms. Cochran and Axon Technologies—could bring their constitutional challenges against the SEC and the FTC directly in federal court, bypassing a statutorily created administrative process through which the agencies had asserted claims (...)

Ben Gris, David A. Higbee, Jessica K. Delbaum, Djordje Petkoski, Rachel Mossman, Ryan Shores, Jacob Coate, John Cove The US FTC sets its sights on noncompete agreements and launches its first major standalone section 5 claims


Introduction Last week, the FTC announced two significant moves. First, the FTC brought its first major standalone Section 5 actions, targeting certain companies’ employment noncompete agreements as unfair methods of competition. The very next day, the FTC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (...)

Ben Gris, Jessica K. Delbaum, David A. Higbee, Jonathan Cheng, Jacob Coate The US FTC releases a policy statement outlining its shift away from the rule of reason


On November 10, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a policy statement (the “Policy Statement”) radically expanding the FTC’s interpretation of prohibited “unfair methods of competition” under Section 5 of the FTC Act. According to the Policy Statement, in determining whether something (...)

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