Donald K. Stockdale Jr. is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office, where he focuses on telecommunications regulation and antitrust. He advises some of the nation’s leading telecommunications service providers, manufacturers, and industry associations in regulatory proceedings before the FCC and state public utility commissions. He also advises multi-national companies on antitrust issues, including international merger clearances and transactions before the US Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice. In addition to his law degree, Don has a Ph.D. in economics, which he uses to guide clients on regulatory issues involving the intersection of law and economics.
Don has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers & Partners 2013, which reports that Don “brings intelligence and good judgment to bear” for “satisfied clients.” He was also “singled out for praise” by Legal 500 2013.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Don held various leadership positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), culminating in an appointment as Deputy Chief and Chief Economist of the Wireline Competition Bureau. While at the FCC, he led the review of major wireline mergers for the Wireline Competition Bureau and held leadership roles in the review of wireless, media and satellite mergers. In addition, he led the Commission’s 2008 effort to reform intercarrier compensation and universal service and managed all pricing proceedings, tariff investigations and accounting issues. Don was instrumental in the development of much of the Commission’s current approach to market definition, merger analysis, and analysis of competition and market power. He also provided economic and legal analysis supporting the Office of General Counsel and the Solicitor General’s Office in defending numerous Commission orders on appeal. Don frequently served as the FCC’s expert advising telecommunications regulators from various European Union member states, Asia, Latin America and Africa on local competition, pricing, universal service, mergers and antitrust.
Don is active in both the ABA's Antitrust Section, where he is Vice-Chair of the Economics Committee, and the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he is Co-Chair of the Transactional Practice Committee.