Steve Cernak is the quintessential antitrust lawyer: Accomplished. Driven. Client-centric. A respected leader with more than 20 years of in-house experience at General Motors, he is well-versed in the full range of global competition issues. Today, he puts that experience to work as he helps clients both inside and outside the auto industry reach successful outcomes.
As a veteran practitioner, Steve is adept at explaining the complexities of his field to clients at all levels. He offers clear, actionable advice based on a deep understanding of antitrust law. To that end, members of the media frequently call on Steve to explain the context and importance of new antitrust developments.
Few lawyers outside of Washington, D.C., file Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notifications, but Steve has filed more than 100, including several that ended up as the subject of large investigations. He’s equally adept at offering counsel on nonmerger matters, such as negotiating joint venture agreements and providing advice on price programs.
His leadership positions in the ABA Antitrust Section and U.S. Chamber of Commerce keep Steve closely connected to the global antitrust community. Steve’s textbook and many articles and speeches display his thought leadership. Finally, Steve teaches the next generation of antitrust leaders at three law schools.
Steve’s experience extends beyond antitrust to the full range of regulatory matters. Clients call on him to create successful marketing and pricing programs, and to review their advertising. He has helped both targets and complaining parties in dealings with state and federal consumer protection agencies. In addition, he has successfully implemented programs that integrate business and legal responses to hundreds of consumer complaints.