Scott Schaeffer is a counsel in O’Melveny’s Antitrust and Competition Group. His diverse practice spans the globe and involves complex antitrust and commercial litigation, antitrust counseling, and antitrust investigations. He also defends proposed and consummated mergers before antitrust agencies and in merger litigation.
Scott’s varied expertise includes representing U.S. and Asian clients in transactions in the technology, financial services, semiconductor, airline, biotech, foodservice, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries, among others. It also involves cutting edge monopolization and price fixing litigation. Scott has particular experience at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, and regularly counsels clients on the antitrust implications of FRAND commitments and other aspects of the standards-development process.
His recent successes include merger clearance for Charles Schwab’s $26 billion acquisition of TD Ameritrade; defeating class certification on a multi-billion-dollar price fixing claim involving Optical Disk Drives in the Northern District of California; and the complete dismissal of monopolization and conspiracy claims involving energy companies in Hawaii.
Scott’s work has been recognized by leading publications around the world. In the U.S., Law 360 recently named Scott an antitrust “Rising Star” and the American Bar Association named Scott one of the “Top 40 Young Lawyers.” In Asia, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific named Scott a “Rising Star” for antitrust and competition in China. Scott is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of subjects, including antitrust enforcement, foreign sovereignty, and the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law.
Prior to joining O’Melveny, Scott was a law clerk for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Gary Feinerman on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Honors & Awards
- "Rising Star," Antitrust & Competition: Foreign Firms (China), The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2021)
- “Top 40 Young Lawyer,” American Bar Association (2020)
- “Rising Star,” Competition, Law360 (2019)
- District of Columbia
- US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- US Court of Appeals, Fifth, Seventh and District of Columbia Circuits
- Stanford Law School, J.D.
- University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science
- Honorable Gary Feinerman, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- Honorable A. Raymond Randolph, US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
- FTC v. Qualcomm and the Potential Implications for Section 2, ABA’s Monopoly Matters (Fall 2020)
- Common Ownership and Its Competitive Impact: Is It Real and What’s at Stake?, Antitrust (Spring 2020)
- China’s Recent Competition Developments: 2019 in Review, Antitrust Source (April 2020)
- Trade Association Survey Subject to Hong Kong Competition Ordinance, Lexology (Nov. 28, 2019)
- Immunity, Sanctions & Settlements in Hong Kong, Global Competition Review (2019, 2020)
- Hong Kong Competition Commission Considers Request to Exempt Trade Association Survey from Competition Ordinance, Lexology (May 6, 2019)
- Extraterritoriality After Vitamin C: Are We Between a Rock and a Hard Place?, Antitrust (Fall 2018)
- Hong Kong Competition Commission Releases 2017/2018 Annual Report, Lexology (Dec. 11, 2018)
- Competition Commission Rules Hong Kong Code of Banking Practice is Subject to Competition Laws, Lexology (Nov. 13, 2018)
- Hong Kong Competition Commission Brings Charges Against Individuals, Hong Kong Lawyer (Oct. 19, 2018)
- Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Clarifies Competition Commission’s Discovery Obligations, Hong Kong Lawyer (July 6, 2018)
- Viewing FTC v. Actavis Through the Lens of Clayton Act Section 4, Antitrust (Fall 2013)
- Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association (8th Edition 2016)
- “Information Exchanges in the Digital Era,” Latest Developments in International Anti-Monopoly Law, China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment (2019)
- “Merger Control in the Current US Administration,” Frontier Issues in China’s Competition Policy and AML Enforcement (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, China University of Political Science and Law), Beijing, China (2018)