Shearman And Sterling

David Higbee is a partner in the Antitrust practice, Global Antitrust Practice Group Leader and Head of the Washington, D.C. Office.

He 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Attorney General and White House Liaison. He was designated a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. David led transition planning for the Antitrust Division during the change in Administrations between 2016-2017.

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.

David has been recognized by Chambers & Partners, with clients stating He provides very sound practical advice in complicated situations, he is perfectly responsive and he really understands the antitrust world. He's a superb practitioner. He has exceptional judgment.”

Clients surveyed by The Legal 500 reported “David Higbee is exceptionally responsive, creative, and practical. He is able to assemble fit for purpose teams and deliver outstanding results.”