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Don Hibner Named Antitrust Lawyer of the Year

May 7, 2002

The Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California has announced Don T. Hibner, Jr. will receive the Section's 2002 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Award. Hibner, Of Counsel with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, will be honored at the Section's annual awards dinner in October."In accepting this award, I am mindful of those who made it possible for me to practice in the exciting and ever-changing field of antitrust law," Hibner said. "These include Gordon Hampton, who 'drafted' me into antitrust law as a specialty, and to literally dozens of antitrust lawyers, antitrust agency enforcement officials, judges, and economists from whom I was able to learn."

Mr. Hibner is being recognized for nearly 40 years of distinguished work in antitrust litigation. In addition to litigating more than 300 antitrust cases, he has written and lectured extensively on a variety of vertical restraint, franchising, and government contracts antitrust issues. His benchmark writings include the influential 1967 article ("Attempts to Monopolize: A Concept in Search of Analysis") which was widely quoted in federal courts and which provided the foundation for the eventual overruling of the 1964 Lessig v. Tidewater Oil decision by the 1993 United States Supreme Court holding in Spectrum Sports v. McQuillan.

"In 40 years of practice, I have seen many changes in antitrust jurisprudence," Hibner observed. "Fortunately, almost all are for the good. In the last 30 years, we have seen an increasing awareness that antitrust law is an integrated application of economics to business practices, with a goal of increasing consumer welfare. It has been a wonderfully stimulating and rewarding area of law in which to practice."

Mr. Hibner has handled numerous leadership roles for the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section, including Chair of its Private Antitrust Litigation committee and Chair of its Franchising and Distribution Law committee. He is a past Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law and Trade Regulation, and is an advisor to the State Bar Antitrust Law Section's Executive Committee. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University, and served as a member of the Board of Editors of Volumes 13 and 14 of the Stanford Law Review.

This award is the fourth recent honor recognizing Sheppard Mullin and the firm's lawyers for outstanding legal service. The San Diego County Bar Association honored Sheppard Mullin as Law Firm of the Year this past Friday. Andrew Guilford, a partner in Sheppard Mullin's Orange County office and former President of the State Bar of California, received the 2002 Jurisprudence Award from the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the Anti-Defamation League last month. San Francisco partner Joseph Petrillo was honored last month by the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for Petrillo's "extraordinary dedication and commitment to building a new San Francisco neighborhood from the ground up."The 12th Annual Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Award Dinner honoring Don T. Hibner, Jr. will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2002 at Loews Santa Monica Beach Resort in Santa Monica, commencing at 6:00 p.m. Earlier in the day at Loews, Sheppard Mullin partner Carlton Varner will handle the welcome and introductions for the 10th Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute meetings. The full-day schedule of seminars and panel discussions will precede the awards dinner.

Sheppard Mullin has more than 330 attorneys among its seven offices in Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Orange County, Del Mar Heights, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Barbara. The full-service firm provides counsel in Corporate, Trial Practice, Finance, Bankruptcy, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Land Use, Environmental, Construction, Tax, Employee Benefits, Trusts & Estates, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Government Contracts, and Business Crimes. The firm is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2002.