John A. Herfort is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Herfort is a member of the Gibson Dunn Litigation Practice Group and focuses on antitrust litigation and counseling and complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Herfort has a significant practice in the area of antitrust and complex litigation, antitrust investigations, including merger investigations and grand jury investigations.
Mr. Herfort has represented and counseled such clients as Schlumberger Limited; CCC Holdings, Inc.; Aetna; Unilever; Northrop Grumman Corp.; BLDG Management Co., Inc.; the Peninsula Hotel; Fidelity National Financial; First American Title Insurance; Star Markets; Random House, Inc.; Merrill Lynch; Bear Stearns; Chase Manhattan Bank; Money Station Inc.; First Interstate Bank of Hawaii; Central-National Gottesman Inc.; Union Carbide; Veeco Instruments, Inc.; the Title Insurance Rate Service Association (New York); St. Paul Travelers; Madison Avenue Leasehold LLC; MortgageIT, Inc.; 3D Systems Corp.; Yankee Candle; and CRH plc.
He is co-author of the ABA’s Antitrust Section Monograph, “Merger Standards under U.S. Antitrust Laws” (1981), a contributor to the ABA volume “Antitrust Law Developments” published in 1984, and co-author of articles on merger enforcement, predatory pricing and patent antitrust issues published in the 1990s and 2003. Mr. Herfort has lectured on various antitrust issues at American Bar Association Antitrust Section annual meetings (on mergers and Robinson-Patman Act issues) and at the Practising Law Institute (on vertical restraints). He recently spoke at the National CLE Antitrust program in Steamboat Springs on the Microsoft litigation. Mr. Herfort is routinely ranked as one of New York’s leading antitrust lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and by The Best Lawyers in America©. In Chambers, Mr. Herfort is described as a “tremendous lawyer” who is a “top writer and good negotiator.” Mr. Herfort is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr. Herfort joined Gibson Dunn in 1984 as a partner. He had previously practiced law in New York for 10 years, and prior to that he clerked for the U.S. Circuit Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Herfort also served as an assistant to U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson.
Mr. Herfort graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1968 and from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1972, and he served as the Supreme Court Note and Note Editor for the Harvard Law Review in 1971–72.