Robert D. Stoner

Managing Director


B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D. UC Berkeley

Dr. Stoner was formerly Deputy Assistant Director for Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission. While at the Federal Trade Commission, he helped supervise economic input into numerous antitrust cases, including the General Motors-Toyota joint venture. He has testified on a number of antitrust cases, including as the government’s expert witness in the 1990 merger of printing firms R.R. Donnelley and Meredith Burda in U.S. District Court. Dr. Stoner also testified in 2000 before the European Commission on behalf of Alcoa and Reynolds in their aluminum merger. He has written a chapter concerning mergers in the defense industry in a recent edition of “The Antitrust Revolution.” Dr. Stoner has significant experience in electric utility economics. He testified in 1992-1993 before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding efficiencies in the proposed merger of Entergy and Gulf States Utilities. Dr. Stoner also has extensive experience in international trade and anti-dumping matters. He has testified or prepared testimony numerous times before the ITC and DOC, including in a 1997 anti-dumping matter regarding steel wire rod; a 2000 Sunset Review involving DRAMs; a 2001 Section 201 (“safeguard”) action in Steel; a 2003 subsidy case concerning DRAMs; a 2002-2006 subsidy case involving Canadian lumber; and a 2007 Sunset Review involving Seamless Pipe. He has also testified in 2003 in U.S. District Court in private litigation under the 1916 Antidumping Act. Dr. Stoner has significant experience in Intellectual Property. He has submitted testimony in an ITC Section 337 proceeding involving patent  licensing and has consulted extensively in Hatch-Waxman related pharmaceutical matters, particularly with respect to the issues of commercial success and irreparable harm. He has also consulted on a number of occasions on the setting of RAND (FRAND) licensing rates in a standard setting context. He was an invited panelist before the DOJ/FTC Hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law in the Knowledge-Based Economy. He has written several articles in the ABA’s Antitrust and Intellectual Property Newsletter regarding patent reform and RAND licensing before standard setting bodies. Finally, Dr. Stoner recently testified regarding class certification in a significant class action lawsuit.