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Michael W. Scarborough

San Francisco
T: 415.774.2963
F: 415.434.3947


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1993, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
  • California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California
Thought Leadership

Michael Scarborough is a partner and Co-Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Group.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Scarborough specializes in complex litigation, with particular expertise in antitrust, unfair competition and consumer protection matters.  He has significant experience defending U.S. and multinational businesses in all phases of class action litigation, as well as in civil and criminal matters involving federal and state enforcement agencies.

Mr. Scarborough's tireless and determined client advocacy has garnered him recognition by the American Lawyer (Litigator of the Week, Feb. 25, 2016), Chambers USA, Benchmark LitigationSuper Lawyers, and Legal 500, as well as by Competition Law360, which selected him as one of the top 10 competition lawyers in the United States under the age of 40. Chambers USA commentators confirm his reputation as a "fierce advocate with integrity and professionalism."


  • Up and Coming, Antitrust and Competition, Chambers USA, 2016-2017
  • Litigator of the Week, The American Lawyer, February 25, 2016
  • Future Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2009-2017
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • Recommended Lawyer - Antitrust, Legal 500, 2012-2013, 2015-2016
  • Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Rising Star, Competition Law360 (selected as one of the top 10 competition lawyers in the United States under the age of 40), 2010


Representative Matters

National counsel defending industry-leading multinational electronics companies in criminal and civil price-fixing actions regarding lithium ion rechargeable battery products; In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2420 (2012-present).

Defending Samsung Electronics against boycott and monopsonization claims relating to smartphone patent licensing; Cascades v. RPX Corp., ND Cal. 4:12-cv-1143 YGR (2012-present).

National counsel defending international electronics companies in government enforcement and civil price-fixing actions regarding cathode ray tube products; In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1917 (2007-present).

Representing MasterCard International Incorporated in coordinated class actions and related settlement appeals concerning alleged payment card tying and network exclusionary practices; In re Credit/Debit Card Tying Cases, Cal. Jud. Council Coord. Proc. No. 4335 (2000-present).

Representing international electronics companies in criminal and civil price-fixing actions concerning thin film transistor liquid crystal display products; In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1827 (2006-present).

Defended Samsung Electronics companies in civil price-fixing class actions regarding static random access memory chip products; In re SRAM Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1819 (2006-2011).

For MediaNews Group and California Newspapers Partnership, blocked private antitrust challenge to acquisition of Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News (2006-2007).

On behalf of MasterCard International Incorporated, secured dismissal of putative class action under California consumer privacy laws regarding highly publicized third party processor data security breach (2005-2009).

National counsel defending civil price-fixing and government enforcement actions regarding dynamic random access memory chip products; In re DRAM Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1486 (2002-present).

Represented MasterCard International Incorporated in a series of actions challenging foreign currency conversion practices under California's Unfair Competition Law, including five month trial and successful defense appeal of judgment in Schwartz v. Visa International Service Association, et al. (2005) 132 Cal.App.4th 1452 (rev. granted 2005; rev. dismissed 2007).

In numerous separate actions, defended and obtained favorable settlements for Samsung Electronics distribution and marketing companies against claims of false and misleading advertising of inkjet printers, MP3 players and hard disk drives, respectively, under California's Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act (2003-2009).

Obtained dismissal for MasterCard International Incorporated in representative action challenging payment card chargeback practices under California's Unfair Competition Law (2003-2006).

Represented major national retailer in consolidated consumer privacy class actions for purported violations of California's Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (2004-2007).

Participated in successful trial defense of The Hearst Corporation in private antitrust action challenging acquisition of the San Francisco ChronicleSee Reilly v. The Hearst Corporation, et al. (N.D. Cal. 2000) 107 F.Supp.2d 1192, 2000-2 Trade Cas. (CCH) ¶ 72,992.




Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements


  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • State Bar of California, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section
  • Executive Committee, Antitrust Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco