Jonathan Jacobson

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Jonathan M. Jacobson is a partner in the firm’s New York office, and is the immediate past Chair of the ABA’s Section of Antitrust Law. Considered one of the country’s preeminent antitrust litigators and thought leaders, Jonathan has taken a lead role in many high-profile antitrust litigations, investigations, trials, and appeals.

Among other noteworthy representations, Jonathan has served as lead counsel for Coca-Cola in several cases, including PepsiCo v. Coca-Cola, a leading monopolization case under Section 2 of the Sherman Act. He also led the representation of American Express in United States v. Visa USA; defended Google in the Dreamstime, KinderStart, Person, TradeComet, and myTriggers cases; defended Netflix in In re Online DVD Rental Antitrust Litigation, and Live Nation and Clear Channel in Heerwagen v. Clear Channel, In re Live Concert Antitrust Litigation, and It’s My Party v. Live Nation.

He argued the closely followed Vitamin C appeal; first in the Second Circuit, securing a 2016 Second Circuit decision reversing the $150 million judgment below and dismissing the case on international comity grounds, and later, after certiorari was granted, Jonathan argued the case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jonathan was appointed by Congress to serve on the Antitrust Modernization Commission, responsible for reviewing and recommending potential changes to the nation’s antitrust laws. He is the immediate past Chair of the ABA’s Section of Antitrust Law, and he also previously served as an Officer, Council member, and in several other Antitrust Section positions, including editorial chair of Antitrust Law Developments (6th ed.).

Jonathan was a presenter in the FTC’s 2018 Competition Hearings, DOJ’s 2018 Roundtable series, the DOJ/FTC Intellectual Property Hearings, the DOJ/FTC Single-Firm Conduct Hearings, the DOJ/FTC Merger Guideline Workshops, the DOJ/FTC Most Favored Nations Clause Workshop, and the DOJ/FTC Conditional Pricing Practices Workshop.

He has written or edited numerous articles and books spanning the gamut of antitrust topics, including exclusionary practices, merger enforcement, government and other civil litigation matters, and cartel enforcement. His recent papers include “Countering Exclusion: The Complainant’s Obligation,” 81 Antitrust L.J. 423 (2017), and “When Antitrust Met Economics,” Antitrust, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 3-4, Spring 2018.


  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1976
    Magna Cum Laude; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Brooklyn Law Review; Editor, Journal of International Law
  • A.B., Columbia College, 1973


  • Commissioner, Antitrust Modernization Commission, U.S. Congress, 2002-2007
  • Officer, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, 2010-present
  • Council Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, 2007-2010
  • Editorial Chair, Antitrust Law Developments (Sixth), Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Committee on Books & Treatises, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, 2001-2004
  • Editorial Co-chair, Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, 2000-2001


  • State Bar of New York
  • Numerous U.S. District Courts
  • Numerous U.S. Courts of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court


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