Lawyer Behind US v. Google Antitrust Suit Joins Sherman

Ryan Shores, who oversaw the US Justice Department’s (DOJ) antitrust probe that resulted in its landmark lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google, has rejoined Shearman & Sterling, the law firm announced Monday, March 1. He’ll be an antitrust and litigation partner based in Washington, DC.

Shores joined the DOJ from Shearman & Sterling in October 2019 to help lead its probe and left his post in January, just months after the government filed its complaint alleging Google broke the law in using its market power to fend off rivals.  In that role, Ryan oversaw the Department’s antitrust review of major online platforms, leading to the government’s landmark monopolization case filed against Google last year. He originally joined Shearman & Sterling in 2017 and was instrumental in expanding the firm’s antitrust litigation footprint.

“Ryan returns to the firm with invaluable experience from the Department of Justice, particularly in the critical technology sector, further strengthening our robust antitrust and litigation offerings,” said David Beveridge, Senior Partner at Shearman & Sterling. “Ryan rejoining us further demonstrates the continued execution of our broader long-term growth strategy, which includes growing in key areas to remain a global elite law firm.”

Commenting on Ryan rejoining the firm, Adam Hakki, Global Managing Partner, Global Litigation Practice Group Leader and Global Head of Disputes stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Ryan back to the firm. He will be a major asset and a key part of our strategy to continue to grow our antitrust litigation and counseling capabilities in the U.S. and globally, and to continue deepening our industry focus across key areas including technology and energy.”

Ryan Shores added, “I am excited to be rejoining the talented team of antitrust and litigation practitioners at Shearman & Sterling. The antitrust landscape is complex and evolving, and I look forward to working alongside my Shearman colleagues as we help clients navigate this landscape in the courtroom and in their daily business practices.”