Senior Counsel

Steven R. Kuney

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In his more than thirty years at Williams & Connolly, Steven Kuney has been responsible for a variety of major litigation matters - as lead or co-lead counsel - at the trial court and appellate level, including civil and criminal antitrust litigation, and a variety of environmental tort matters.  In addition to his trial and litigation work, Steve has extensive experience in government and internal investigations and compliance counseling in a variety of industries.

For over twenty years, Steve has been an adjunct professor of law, teaching Antitrust Law, at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, he was an adjunct instructor of Antitrust Law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America.  In addition in for the last two years, he has been a participating presenter at the Antitrust Law and Economics Institute for Judges, co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center, the George Mason Law & Economics Center, and the ABA Section of Antitrust Law.

Steve grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and received his B.A. with high honors in Economics from Wesleyan University in 1970, and his J.D. magna cum laude and M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.  After law school he worked for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then as a Special Assistant to Alfred E. Kahn, Special Advisor to the President on Inflation.

In addition to his antitrust work, he has a long-standing environmental tort practice, most notably handling a variety of matters involving alleged PCB exposure on behalf of the General Electric Company.  That work has included numerous appearances in state and federal court, jury trials, appellate arguments in various U.S. Courts of Appeal and state appellate courts, and an argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in General Electric Co. v. Joiner, one of the original trilogy of cases that shaped the law on expert testimony.

Steve has been recognized for a number of years by Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Antitrust and Bet-the-Company litigation.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Steve’s experience includes:

  • Represented the U.S. largest dairy cooperative in multiple class action proceedings raising a variety of antitrust issues
  • Represented Archer Daniels Midland in the numerous class-action antitrust suits relating to alleged price-fixing in several industries
  • Served as one of the lead counsel representing the non-settling states in State of New York v. Microsoft, the remedies phase of the antitrust suit against Microsoft originally filed by the Department of Justice and nineteen states
  • Successfully litigated a contested merger before the Federal Trade Commission
  • On behalf of R.J. Reynolds Co., helped lead a group of antitrust plaintiffs in obtaining a preliminary injunction to halt certain marketing practices engaged in by Philip Morris Co.
  • Successfully challenged the restrictions on ATM fees then imposed by the major ATM networks
  • Defended Wellman, Inc., in the face of criminal and civil antitrust matters in the polyester staple industry
  • Represented Steward Health Care Systems, Inc. in challenging conduct aimed at preventing Steward from entering health care and insurance markets in Rhode Island
  • Pursued successfully through jury trial and appeal a rule of reason tying case
  • Successfully tried a medical monitoring case to a defense verdict and gained an affirmance from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit



"AV-Rated" by Martindale-Hubbell®

“Washington’s Top Lawyers,” Washingtonian magazine, 2004

Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America ®, 2007-2018


Government Service

Special Assistant to Alfred E. Kahn, Advisor to the President on Inflation, 1979-1981

Attorney, Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 1978-1979

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