Noah Phillips

Noah Joshua Phillips is Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice and previously served as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  He advises clients on a range of antitrust issues, including mergers and acquisitions, business conduct and compliance, litigation and investigations, consumer protection, data security and privacy.

On the FTC, Mr. Phillips played an integral role in precedent-setting enforcement actions and regulatory efforts concerning antitrust, consumer protection and privacy.  He decided dozens of merger and other antitrust enforcement matters across the economy, including in the consumer product, defense, energy, entertainment, healthcare, technology, pharmaceutical and retail industries.  Mr. Phillips’ written antitrust opinions were consistently upheld by federal appellate courts.  

Since joining Cravath, Mr. Phillips has quickly amassed a thriving practice.  On the litigation front, Mr. Phillips currently represents Tesla in consolidated putative class action antitrust litigation alleging Tesla has monopolized access to parts and services needed to repair its vehicles, and that the company’s actions have resulted in delays and supracompetitive pricing for Tesla vehicle maintenance, in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, California’s Cartwright Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law.  

On the antitrust advisory front, he has recently represented Star Bulk Carriers in its pending $2.1 billion combination with Eagle Bulk Shipping; WestRock in its pending $20 billion combination with Smurfit Kappa Group; the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of EchoStar in the $26 billion combination with DISH Network; Route Mobile and its founding shareholders in the pending 59.22 billion sale of a majority stake in Route Mobile to Proximus Group; and Disney in ESPN’s strategic alliance with PENN Entertainment to launch ESPN BET.  

Mr. Phillips has been recognized by The Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America for his work in both antitrust litigation and antitrust merger control.  He has also been named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.  

Mr. Phillips speaks and writes frequently on a range of topics, including antitrust, consumer protection, and privacy issues, as well as the evolving artificial intelligence landscape and the various risks that might be addressed through enforcement and regulation.  In addition, in his role as an FTC Commissioner, he frequently testified before Congress and represented the FTC before international bodies, including the G7, the Competition Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. 

Prior to the FTC, Mr. Phillips served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He advised Senator Cornyn on a variety of legal and policy issues, as well as judicial nominations. 

Mr. Phillips received an A.B. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2000, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2005.  He began his career at a New York-based investment bank.  After law school, Mr. Phillips clerked for Hon. Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and joined Cravath’s Litigation Department in 2006.  He left the Firm in 2010, and he rejoined Cravath as a partner in December 2022.