The Hilliard & Shadowen team has extensive courtroom experience, so we know how to meet the challenges of complex cases. We have the resources, knowledge and professional expertise to achieve the best possible results.
Steve Shadowen is a founding partner at Hilliard & Shadowen LLP and specializes in economic justice and civil rights. Over his extensive career, he has been lead counsel in numerous groundbreaking cases.
Mr. Shadowen is regularly recognized as a top national antitrust lawyer, a result of his dedicated work on cases where intellectual property and antitrust law intersect, such as:
For his work in securing economic justice for healthcare consumers, in 2013 the American Antitrust Institute awarded Mr. Shadowen its first-ever national accolade for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice. Mr. Shadowen consistently garners recognition as a Best Lawyer in America in four categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, and Antitrust Litigation. Chambers USA ranks him as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He serves on the advisory boards of the American Antitrust Institute and the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. Mr. Shadowen has published numerous papers on antitrust issues and regularly speaks at symposia on competition law and policy at universities across the nation and in Europe.
In the civil rights arena, Mr. Shadowen is dedicated to improving young people’s access to education. His scholarly articles regarding preferences for the affluent in admissions to elite universities led the Century Foundation to publish its groundbreaking work, Affirmative Action for the Rich. In human rights litigation, Mr. Shadowen represents the families of Mexican nationals killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southern border, obtaining the first ever ruling that Mexican nationals killed by U.S. agents in Mexico can obtain judicial review of those killings in U.S. courts. He reveres the “equal protection” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and to celebrate the sesquicentennial of that Amendment he and a co-editor are at work on a three-volume set of the speeches and letters of its author, John A. Bingham.
As a law student Mr. Shadowen was the criminal procedure project editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Upon graduation from Georgetown he served as a law clerk for the Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
From 1999 - 2014, Mr. Shadowen was the President and Chair of the Board of the Joshua Group, an at–risk youth education and advocacy organization, and he is now Chair Emeritus. Mr. Shadowen currently serves as a trustee and member of the executive committee of St. Edward’s University. In 2016 the University honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.
"Product Hopping: A New Framework," 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016) (with M. Carrier)
"Model Jury Instructions: Trial By Actavis," 67 Rutgers L. Rev. 557 (2015) (with D. Sorensen)
“Bringing Market Discipline to Pharmaceutical Product Reformulations,” 42 Int’l Rev. Intel. Prop. & Comp. Law 698 ( 2011) (with K. Leffler and J. Lukens).
"Personal Dignity, Equal Opportunity, and the Elimination of Legacy Preferences," 21 Geo Mason U. Civ. Rts. L.J. 31 (2010)
“Heirs of the American Experiment,” in Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions (R. Kahlenberg, ed., 2010) (with S. Tulante).
“Anticompetitive Product Changes in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” 41 Rutgers L.J. 1 (2009) (with K. Leffler & J. Lukens).
“Obama: Stay Away from Notre Dame’s Commencement,” The American Prospect online (May 12, 2009) (with R. Kahlenberg).
“No Distinctions Except Those Which Merit Originates: The Unlawfulness of Legacy Preferences In Public and Private Universities,” 49 Santa Clara L. Rev. 51 (2008) (with S. Tulante & S. Alpern).