Donald Stockdale, JD, PhD

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Donald Stockdale spent 16 years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he held numerous positions, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Chief and Chief Economist of the Wireline Competition Bureau. During his time at the FCC, Dr. Stockdale played a central role in telecommunications policymaking and competition enforcement. He led the review of major wireline mergers and had leadership roles in the review of significant wireless, media, and satellite mergers. He also led numerous FCC rulemakings involving wireline telecommunications policy, including the FCC’s effort to reform intercarrier compensation and universal service in 2008. Dr. Stockdale helped to develop much of the Commission’s current approach to market definition, merger analysis, and analysis of competition and market power. In addition, he frequently served as the Commission’s expert advising international telecommunications regulators on local competition, pricing, universal service, mergers, and other antitrust topics.

Dr. Stockdale was previously a partner at Mayer Brown LLP. In this capacity, he represented clients in antitrust and telecommunications regulatory matters. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he specialized in US and European antitrust law. Following that, he was an Assistant Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Dr. Stockdale is active in both the ABA’s Antitrust Section, where he is the co-chair of the Economics Committee, and the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he is a co-chair of the International Telecommunications Committee.

Selected Experience

  • Provided support for Dr. Joseph Farrell, who provided expert analysis to the FCC on behalf of Cogent Communications regarding the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The submission included an analysis of the declarations submitted by the merging parties’ economic experts and an assessment of the competitive effects of the merger on the provision of Internet access for both the consumer and Internet content provider sides of the market.
  • On behalf of Verizon Wireless, assisted with an analysis of possible bid-rigging during Auction 97.  The analysis involved an examination of bidding data to look for patterns that would not be likely to arise in the absence of collusion. This analysis was presented to key FCC staff.
  • On behalf of an international competition authority, drafted new merger control regulations and merger enforcement guidelines, and training competition authority staff in enforcing the new regime.
  • On behalf of construction material manufacturers Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA regarding their proposed merger, provided economic analysis of possible competitive concerns in North America and advised the merging parties. Analyzed the likely competitive effects of the proposed $25 billion merger in markets for cement, ready-mix concrete and construction aggregates in North America. In addition, analyzed various divestiture scenarios, and provided ongoing support to attorneys for the parties throughout the regulatory approval process.

Education

JD, Yale University

PhD, Economics, Yale University

BA, Economics, Cambridge University, United Kingdom