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Steven C. Holtzman


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Areas of Practice



Class Actions

Constitutional Law and First Amendment / Mass Media

Health Care

Intellectual Property

Pro Bono

Securities Litigation


University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1989

Wesleyan University, B.A., with high honors, American History, 1985; Phi Beta Kappa


Hon. Malcolm M. Lucas, Chief Justice, California Supreme Court, 1989-1990



Prior to joining Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Mr. Holtzman was a Trial Attorney with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, in San Francisco. His professional experience with the Antitrust Division covered the full range of antitrust enforcement, including extensive criminal, merger, non-merger civil and policy work. He was a senior member of the trial and investigative team in United States v. Microsoft Corporation (D.D.C. 1998), and was co-lead or lead counsel in United States v. Alliant Techsystems and Aerojet-General Corporation (W.D.Il. 1994) and other matters involving defense contractor teaming arrangements.  He also developed extensive telecommunications experience, including representing the United States in United States v. Sprint Communications, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom (D.D.C. 1995).

Mr. Holtzman represents clients in antitrust, intellectual property, and other complex litigation, with a particular focus on high technology and communications matters.  He has extensive antitrust, intellectual property and securities experience in matters involving the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, and health care industries.  His notable matters with the firm include:

  • Representation of Oracle Corporation in Oracle International Corporation v. SAP AG et al. (N.D. Cal. 2010), in which his client Oracle was awarded $1.3 billion for copyright infringement - the largest copyright infringement verdict in history by a factor of more than ten.
  • Representation of Broadcom Corporation in connection with antitrust litigation against and international complaints regarding Qualcomm Inc.'s abuse of industry standardization processes and monopolization of key mobile wireless products, ultimately resulting in an approximately $900 million settlement award to Broadcom.
  • Representation of Texas Instruments in connection with worldwide antitrust cases and complaints in connection with Qualcomm's abuse of industry standardization processes and monopolization of key mobile wireless products, including leading the effort that resulted in the Korea Fair Trade Commission's imposition of a fine of approximately $209 million - the largest fine in the history of the Commission.
  • Representation of plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8 under the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Representation of 3Com Corporation in federal and state securities class action matters, resulting summary judgment in favor of 3Com.
  • Representation of SBC in antitrust and regulatory review of SBC's successful acquisition of AT&T as well as multiple other acquisition matters, and in federal and state monopolization cases, resulting in the stay of significant cases and favorable settlements.
  • Representation of Napster in RIAA copyright litigation.
  • Representation of other high-technology companies in antitrust grand jury investigations, inquiries by competition law agencies (e.g., European Union, Japan, Singapore, Mexico), and U.S. civil cases alleging cartel behavior.
  • Representation of a significant health insurance provider in connection with antitrust concerns, legislative efforts, and regulatory matters regarding anticompetitive practices of dominant insurers and providers of health care services

Mr. Holtzman also has worked at the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office and at Public Citizen, a public interest group, where he developed a residential energy conservation program. He has lectured and taught on topics relating to the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law; the application of antitrust principles to standard-setting; antitrust enforcement in the software industry; defense contractor teaming arrangements, and tying law under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.

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Government Service

Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 1990-2000