Stephen Fishbein is a partner in the Litigation practice and Chair of the Criminal and Enforcement group. Stephen is an accomplished trial lawyer whose achievements in recent years include successful representations of defendants in criminal insider trading trials and a $44 million plaintiff’s jury verdict in a trade secrets misappropriation case. Stephen also has deep experience in compliance and internal investigations, including his appointment by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as the independent compliance monitor for Baker Hughes, Inc. in what was then the largest FCPA case on record. Stephen has been recognized by The American Lawyer as a “Litigator of the Year” and by Law360 as a “White Collar MVP of the Year”, and is a long-time Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Stephen has represented individuals and companies in a wide range of criminal matters, with a particular emphasis on white collar and financial crimes such as securities fraud. Stephen was trial and appellate counsel to Todd Newman in the landmark United States v. Newman insider trading case where he obtained a complete exoneration of his client in a decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that established high standards for charging insider trading offenses. Stephen also represents Chris Worrall in the United States v. Blaszczak insider trading case, where he obtained acquittals at trial on 14 of 16 counts and is currently pursuing an appeal. Stephen’s criminal representations also include complex multinational investigations, for example his representation of Citigroup in the Banamex/Oceanografia fraud matter, his representation of Bilfinger SE in its FCPA investigations and deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ, and serving as the DOJ and SEC appointed independent compliance matter for Baker Hughes, Inc.
Stephen’s civil litigation practice includes all types of commercial disputes, with a focus on breach of contract and trade secrets matters. Stephen recently obtained a $44 million jury verdict for his client SS&C Technologies, Inc. in a trial in Cook County, Illinois alleging theft of trade secrets, and has successfully obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in courts around the country in other trade secrets matters. Other commercial trial and arbitration experience includes defense verdicts in several contract disputes for German automotive company Continental AG, and defense judgments in licensing/affiliation agreement cases for NBC and Viacom.
Stephen is also active in the antitrust area in both criminal and civil litigation. Stephen has represented companies and individuals in the largest price-fixing investigations in recent years, including BASF AG in the vitamins cartel case; Cargolux Airlines International in the air cargo cartel case; and several companies and executives in the automotive parts cartel cases. On the civil side, Stephen represented Syngenta Seeds in a lawsuit against Monsanto for anticompetitive conduct with respect to GMO seeds, and he represents 1-800 Contacts in a Federal Trade Commission proceeding and parallel class action alleging improper agreements to refrain from paid internet search advertising triggered by competitors’ trademarks.
Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Stephen was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1988 to 1993, specializing in prosecutions of bank fraud and computer fraud. He attended Yale Law School (class of 1987) and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon O. Newman, Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Stephen has been recognized and lauded by many legal publications for his successes and dedication to his clients. In 2015, Stephen was named a “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer and was recognized as a Law360 “White-Collar MVP of the Year” for his work on the United States v. Newman case. He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” by Legal 500 in Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense and a top - tier practitioner in Chambers and Partners White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in New York. Chambers USA applauds Mr. Fishbein as a “really smart and talented lawyer” who can “methodically and succinctly communicate to senior management.”
A.B., summa cum laude