Donald Stockdale, JD, PhD


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 Chair of the Economics Committee, and the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he is a co-chair of the Transactional Practice Committee.


JD, Yale University

PhD, Economics, Yale University

BA, Economics, Cambridge University, United Kingdom