Steven N. Williams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Antitrust Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc.
 | 601 California St., Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-500-6800
Fax: 415-395-9940
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Antitrust Litigation (60%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Consumer Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

In over twenty-five years of practice Steven N. Williams has handled successfully and with distinction all aspects of litigation and trial in state and federal courts and in private arbitration.

Mr. Williams has played a lead role in many of the most prominent antitrust class cases litigated in the United States over the last decade, including In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, In re Static Random Access Memory Litigation, Precision Associates v. Panalpina World Transport, and In re Transpacific Air Transportation Litigation.  He has helped recover more than $2 billion and has been responsible for new law including ground-breaking decisions narrowing the scope of the Filed Rate Doctrine and permitting civil damage claims in E. & J. Gallo Winery v. EnCana Corp., 503 F.3d 1027 (2007) and Wortman v. All Nippon Airways, 854 F.3d 606 (2017), and a ruling that “umbrella damages” are available under California state law.  County of San Mateo v. CSL, Ltd., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116342 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2014).

Mr. Williams, previously a long-time partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, practices in the fields of litigation, trial, and client counseling, with an emphasis on representation of civil plaintiffs in antitrust matters.  He has served in leadership positions in more than a dozen antitrust class cases throughout the United States.  During his career, he has represented claimants in cases involving memory chips, pharmaceuticals, air passenger transportation, air cargo transportation, cathode ray tubes, capacitors, resistors, flash memory, lithium ion batteries, financial products and services, poultry, and water.  He has been appointed to represent classes, and in non-class cases he has represented the Chief Justice of California, the Judicial Council of California, Consumers Union of United States, Inc., the United Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta, public pension funds, private investment funds, many cities and counties of California, public utilities including water districts, and individual consumers.  His current caseload includes representing a class alleging that Nestlé Waters of North America has been misleading consumers for years by falsely claiming that its “Poland Spring” water is natural spring water, and leading a class action alleging that Pfizer and Mylan—manufacturer and distributor of the EpiPen, respectively—have unlawfully created and abused a monopoly for the essential, life-saving product.

Mr. Williams has written and lectured on various topics including antitrust, multidistrict litigation, complex litigation, electronic discovery, MTBE litigation, regulatory developments in environmental law, contractual issues in environmental cleanups, and habeas corpus.  He has spoken at many venues, including the American Bar Association Antitrust Section Spring Meeting, the California State Bar Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section, the New York State Bar Association Antitrust Section, and the Consumer Attorneys of California.  He is the author or co-author of many legal publications.

Mr. Williams was appointed by the Consumer Attorneys of California as a member of the California Discovery Subcommittee for revision of California discovery rules and statutes relating to electronic discovery and electronically stored information, 2007-2008.  He has given yearly presentations to CAOC on topics of civil discovery in California.  He is currently in leadership for the American Bar Association Antitrust Section and is a member of the International Cartel Task Force, the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute, and the Executive Committee of the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws.  He is an advisor to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association Section on Antitrust, Unfair Competition Law, and Privacy Law, and was chair of the 2017 Golden State Antitrust Institute.  He is also a Board Member of Public Justice and past Chairman of the Board of Community Gatepath, an organization dedicated to serving the needs of developmentally disabled children and adults.

Mr. Williams has received numerous professional accolades during his legal career.  Chambers USA has ranked him 2015-2018 as a Band 1 or Band 2 attorney for "Antitrust:  Mainly Plaintiff—California" and 2017-2018 as a Band 2 attorney for "Antitrust:  Plaintiff—Nationwide."  He has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell since 2002.  He has been designated 2005-2018 as a "Super Lawyer" and 2016-2018 as a "Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers publication.  From 2014-2018 he has been ranked by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top plaintiffs’ attorneys worldwide via Who's Who Legal: Competition, a publication of Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review.  And, in 2018 he was selected and profiled by the California Daily Journal as one of thirty “Top Plaintiff Lawyers” in California.

Mr. Williams is admitted to practice in California, New Jersey, New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals (Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits), and the United States District Court of California (Eastern, Central, Northern, and Southern Districts), Michigan (Eastern District), New Jersey, and New York (Eastern and Southern Districts).  He received his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. in Russian and Slavic Studies from New York University.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Antitrust Litigation (60%): Antitrust & Trade Litigation

Securities Litigation (20%)

Consumer Law (20%): Consumer Protection

Focus Areas

Antitrust & Trade Litigation, Consumer Protection

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Steven Williams

Admitted: 1994, California

Professional Webpage: https://saverilawfirm.com/attorneys/steven-n-williams/

Honors/Awards:

  • Ranked by Chambers USA 2015-2018 as a Band 1 or Band 2 attorney for "Antitrust: Mainly Plaintiff—California" and "Antitrust: Plaintiff—Nationwide"
  • Named one of "Top Plaintiff Lawyers California 2018" by California Daily Journal
  • Ranked 2014-2018 as one of the top plaintiffs’ attorneys worldwide, Who’s Who Legal
  • Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, since 2002

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Golden State Antitrust Institute, Chair, 2017
  • California Lawyers Association Section on Privacy Law, Executive Committee, Advisor
  • California Lawyers Association Section on Unfair Competition Law, Executive Committee, Advisor
  • California Lawyers Association Section on Antitrust, Executive Committee, Advisor
  • Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws, Executive Committee
  • American Antitrust Institute, Advisory Board
  • International Cartel Task Force, Member
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • California Discovery Subcommittee, Member
  • US District Court – Southern District of New York
  • US District Court – Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court – District of New Jersey
  • US District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court – Southern District of California
  • US District Court – Northern District of California
  • US District Court – Central District of California
  • US District Court – Eastern District of California
  • US Court of Appeals – District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals – Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals – Second Circuit
  • US Supreme Court
  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • State of California
  • Gatepath, Chairman of the Board
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Public Justice, Board Member
  • Community Gatepath, Past Chairman of the Board

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Federal and State Class Antitrust Actions Should Not Be Tried in a Single Trial, The Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, 2014
  • Recoveries for Violations of Federal and California Antitrust Statutes Should Not Be Apportioned, Competition, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, California State Bar, 2014
  • Deciphering the FTAIA, 2014
  • 46th Annual CAOC Convention, 2012
  • Antitrust Whistleblowers Get Clarity, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, 2013
  • “‘Pepper’ as a Back Door to ‘Illinois Brick’ (and ‘ARC America’)?” and “Should ‘Hanover Shoe’ and ‘Illinois Brick’ Be Discarded?,” August 2018 The Recorder (with Joseph Saveri Law Firm Senior Associate Jiamie Chen)
  • “Should United States Courts Defer to Foreign Governments?,” Chambers and Partners’s Cartels 2019 global practice guide
  • California’s 2009 E-Discovery Laws, Text and Analysis, LexisNexis 2009.
  • Courts Rein in the Cost of E-Discovery When Lawyers and Their Clients Won’t,” California Lawyer, April 2012
  • Antitrust Law Developments (Eighth), American Bar Association

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Wortman v. All Nippon Airways, 854 F.3d 606 (9th Cir. 2017) (affirmed and remanded district court's partial denial of Defendants' motion for summary judgment)
  • E. & J. Gallo Winery v. EnCana Corp., 503 F.3d 1027 (9th Cir. 2007) (affirming district court's denial of EnCana's summary judgment motion)
  • In re Transpacific Air Transportation Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1913, No. 07-5634 CRB (N.D. Cal.) ($85 million settlement)
  • In re Static Random Access Memory Litigation, MDL No. 1819, No. 07-1819 (N.D. Cal.) ($77 million settlement)
  • Precision Associates v. Panalpina World Exports (Holding) Co. (“Freight Forwarders Antitrust Litigation”), No. 08-cv-0042 JJG-VVP (E.D.N.Y.) ($385 million settlement)
  • In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2311, No. 12-md-2311 MOB (E.D. Mich.) ($1.25 billion settlement)
  • County of San Mateo v. CSL, Ltd., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116342 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2014) (motion for partial summary judgment denied)

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Educational Background:

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • New York University, B.A., Russian and Slavic Studies
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601 California St.
Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415-500-6800

Fax: 415-395-9940

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Last Updated: 3/14/2019

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