John H. Shenefield is a counsel in Morgan Lewis's Antitrust Practice. Shenefield’s practice concentrates on antitrust litigation and counseling. Shenefield has served as lead counsel in a number of national and regional antitrust litigations. His counseling practice involves issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to government investigations. He is retained to counsel boards of directors, render second opinions, or act as an arbitrator. Shenefield also is involved in international antitrust issues and has handled matters before the European Commission and the United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading. He was a member of the Antitrust Modernization Commission, created by act of Congress.
Before joining the firm in 1986, Shenefield held several high-ranking positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, including serving as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division from 1977-1979, and as Associate Attorney General of the United States from 1979-1981. He also served as chairman of the National Commission to Review Antitrust Laws and Procedures from 1978-1979.
In addition to supervising all antitrust prosecutions, as Assistant Attorney General Shenefield was responsible for merger enforcement and the formulation of competition policy. He also guided the Antitrust Division’s relationship with foreign governments and with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, attending meetings of its competition officials as chairman of the U.S. delegation. Shenefield also supervised a group of celebrated international prosecutions in the uranium and North Atlantic shipping industries.
As Associate Attorney General, he presided over all of the civil litigation handled by the Department of Justice and had supervisory responsibility for immigration, and certain intelligence and counterintelligence activities.
Shenefield was in private practice for 12 years before joining the Department of Justice. He has written articles on a wide variety of antitrust topics and speaks frequently on the subject of antitrust law and policy. Shenefield has also lectured extensively on antitrust at programs in both the United States and abroad, and currently is an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Active in firm management, he has served as chairman of the firm and also of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section.
Shenefield is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court.