Steven F. Benz, Partner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC, has joined Noticed©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Benz has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognition’s, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.
Benz outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognition’s, and career longevity. After earning his B.A. in economics, political science, and history, and his M.A.L.D. in international law, economics, and trade, Benz went on to pursue his J.D. at Stanford Law School. Benz has since prosecuted cutting-edge cases involving monopolisation, price fixing, and breach of contract, among others.
With over 25 years dedicated to law, Benz brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry, and, in particular, to his area of specialisation, complex, high-profile antitrust and competition law cases. Benz’s noteworthy achievements—including the largest Sherman Act section II trial verdict in history and a recent $250 million day-of settlement in a Sherman Act monopolisation case—have earned him many prestigious accolades.
Benz has been distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell®, Benchmark Litigation, and Who’s Who Legal for his numerous successes on behalf of prestigious clients including AT&T, Verizon, Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Co., H.J. Heinz Co. L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood LLC, BEF Foods Inc., Spectrum Brands, Inc., Studio Spectrum, Inc., and Ritz Camera & Image, LLC.
Benz represents clients ranging from privately-held Fortune 100 companies to U.S. and foreign governments in multi-billion-dollar cases, on both the plaintiff and defence side. Armed with over a quarter-century of litigation experience and more than 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals in which he served as counsel of record, Benz possesses a comprehensive understanding of winning litigation strategies.
As a thought leader in his field, Benz keeps his finger on the pulse of antitrust and competition law. In particular, he noted that many antitrust cases now involve “Big Data” product markets, as companies move into cloud-based computing and software as a service:
“‘Big Data’ cases are both fascinating and challenging as the law adapts to new technology. My firm has two ‘Big Data’ cases right now, including a significant litigation where I am representing Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against IQVIA. Both cases involve the monopolisation of an underlying data set and the blocking of applications’ competitors using ‘data security’ as a pre-textual business justification.”
Today, Benz is widely regarded as one of the leading antitrust attorneys in the U.S. He did not always have his eyes set on a career in law. He commented: “I worked as an economist representing US semiconductor companies in anti-dumping, countervailing duties and Section 301 cases before going to law school. I realised that there is a significant overlap between trade law and antitrust law, and economic analysis is critical to every antitrust case. Getting a law degree has allowed me to represent my clients directly in court, in high-profile tech cases, which have provided great benefits to both my clients and to consumers.”