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  • Charles T. (Chris) Compton

    Compton Antitrust Law Office
    3 Franciscan Ridge
    Portola Valley, California 94028, U.S.A.
  • With a business litigation background, I am increasingly called upon to act as a neutral in complex business and technology disputes. My primary legal expertise is in antitrust and trade regulation, having successfully handled nearly 1000 HSR filings and investigations over the years.


    My practice focuses on antitrust counseling, as well as mediation and arbitration. In the competition arena: I advise technology companies on global distribution, marketing, pricing and monopolization issues. I have particular expertise in Hart-Scott-Rodino merger notification filings and government merger investigations. • Founder and a leader of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s (WSGR) antitrust practice group. Partner specializing in antitrust and intellectual property litigation and counseling, for three decades • Have taught antitrust courses at both U.C. Hastings and the University of Santa Clara School of Law In my ADR practice: I recently co-founded the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, having been an arbitrator and mediator since 1987: • Member of American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case Panel • Federal Court Mediation Panel and Early Neutral Evaluator, Northern District of California Professional Activities & Honors: • Member: American Bar Association: Litigation and Antitrust Sections, International Bar Association: Competition Committee, California State Bar Association: Litigation and Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Sections, Board member: Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. • Selected annually for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers; cited in the 2003-2011 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business; consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America, and as one of the "Top-Ranking Competition Lawyers in Europe and Northern America" in the Practical Law Company's Global Competition Handbook (2007-2011), • Graduated with honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. degree in Engineering; majored in International Relations, specializing in Chinese studies • Earned J.D. degree at New York University School of Law, where I was a Root-Tilden-Scholar and Managing Editor of the Law Review • Served in the Air Force JAG Corps and was selected for the inaugural group of full-time military judges in the Trial Judiciary, earning the Air Force Commendation Medal.