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Thomas Brown is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition and the Global Banking and Payment Systems practices at Paul Hastings. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on competition law and legal issues affecting the financial services industry. In addition to strategically advising payment systems and financial services clients across a broad spectrum of regulatory issues, he has litigated notable antitrust cases, including class actions, in the financial services industry for more than fifteen years.
Immediately prior to private practice, Mr. Brown was Vice President, Senior Counsel at Visa U.S.A. Inc. There he was responsible for managing the aftermath of the settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, including the dozens of consumer class actions that were filed following the settlement. He was also deeply involved in the company’s transformation from a co-op to a shareholder owned company.
Mr. Brown has written numerous trial and appellate briefs on antitrust law, including the petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Robinson-Patman Act case, Osram Sylvania Products v. Von Der Ahe, which attempted to clarify the type of proof needed to establish injury to competition in a price-discrimination action brought under the act. He has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Mr. Brown received an A.B in Economics-Mathematics (cum laude) from Columbia University. He obtained a J.D. from the University of Chicago where he was a John M. Olin Student Fellow of Law and Economics and member of the Law Review.