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Clients come to Stephen Anthony with their most pressing and complex litigation matters, recognizing him as "a very even-keeled defense lawyer who knows how to navigate the dangerous terrain of a criminal case and parallel civil proceedings" (Chambers USA).

A trial lawyer and deputy chair of Covington’s global litigation practice, he has experience handling the highest-stakes cases. He has tried 34 cases before juries, ranging from complex criminal cases involving bribery, fraud, and obstruction of justice to patent infringement claims. In his civil litigation practice, he has achieved highly favorable pre-trial outcomes in multi-billion-dollar disputes over alleged financial frauds and patent infringement claims.

  • Secured a declination on behalf of a leading global media entity in a DOJ FCPA investigation.
  • Successfully defended AstraZeneca in a $1.9 billion patent infringement case brought by a leading medical university, by obtaining court rulings invalidating both of the asserted patents.
  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in a years-long investigation by a coalition of 43 state attorneys general, arising from recalls of over-the-counter drugs.
  • Successfully represented a top coal mining executive, avoiding any criminal charges in a federal criminal investigation arising from an explosion that killed 29 miners.
  • Successfully defended the Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa by obtaining a hung jury and subsequent dismissal of the indictment in a complex jury trial involving conspiracy, fraud, bribery, and obstruction charges.
  • Defended Gilead Sciences, Inc. in a government investigation concerning the marketing and promotion of several prescription drugs, resulting in the declination by the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in several related qui tam cases.
  • Defended Leiner Health Products Inc. in a criminal prosecution of alleged violations of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) relating to the manufacture of over-the-counter drugs.
  • Defended JPMorgan Chase & Co. in civil litigation and related government investigations arising out of the default of $2 billion in asset-backed securities issued by National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc.
  • Defended the former Chief Financial Officer of a real estate investment trust in an SEC investigation of alleged accounting irregularities, resulting in the Enforcement Division’s decision not to recommend any enforcement action.
  • Defended a former analyst of the Defense Intelligence Agency in an investigation of allegations of improper disclosures of classified information.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a leading manufacturer in a qui tam action alleging the sale of defective products to the U.S. Army.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a leading IT company regarding allegations of misconduct by its Chief Executive officer.
  • Represented a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Adelphia Communications Corp. in connection with widely publicized allegations of mismanagement by the company’s senior executives.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Admissions and Grievances, Member (2019-2022) 
  • Assistant United States Attorneys' Association of the District of Columbia, President (2015-2016)
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Master

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, Trial Attorney (1996-2000)
  • Assistant US Attorney, District of Columbia (1991-1996)
  • The American Lawyer Litigation Daily, “Litigator of the Week” (December 7, 2017) 
  • Chambers USA, White Collar Crime and Government Investigations (2011-2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America, White-Collar Criminal Defense (2008-2021)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation (2015-2020)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2011-2020)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Star - District of Columbia (2013-2020)
  • The Best of the Best USA, White Collar Crime (2009-2020)
  • Washingtonian, Criminal Defense "Top Lawyer" (2018)