Steve Cannon is Chairman of Constantine Cannon LLP and the Managing Partner of Constantine Cannon's Washington, DC office.
Prior to joining the firm on February 1, 2005, Steve served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Circuit City Stores, Inc., a Fortune 200 retailer of consumer electronics with approximately $10 billion in annual sales. As Circuit City's chief legal and public policy officer, Steve was responsible for the management of all legal and policy issues including corporate governance, SEC/FCC/FTC regulatory matters, antitrust, consumer credit, mergers and acquisitions/divestitures, litigation, employment, intellectual property as well as government affairs. As corporate secretary, Steve was responsible for the coordination of all Circuit City Board of Directors meetings and related activities. He was a member of the Circuit City Executive Committee and reported directly to the Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Circuit City in 1994, Steve was a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Wunder, Diefenderfer, Ryan, Cannon & Thelen, where he concentrated his practice in antitrust, trade regulation and administrative law involving both litigation and regulatory matters as well as legislative advocacy. In particular, Steve focused his practice in the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and retail industries.
Before joining Wunder, Diefenderfer in 1986, Steve spent 10 years in government service in Washington, D.C. After a clerkship with the South Carolina Supreme Court, Steve received an appointment under the U. S. Justice Department's Honors Law Graduate Program and served as a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division from 1977 to 1981.
In 1981, Steve was appointed Chief Antitrust Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. Serving in this position from 1981-1984 (97th and 98th Congresses), Steve had overall staff responsibility for all antitrust legislation, as well as Department of Justice Antitrust Division oversight. As Chief Antitrust Counsel, he coordinated preparation of antitrust legislation including hearings, committee mark-ups and floor debates. Antitrust legislation enacted by the Congress during Steve's tenure included:
In 1985, Steve returned to the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department as Deputy Assistant Attorney General. As a political appointee, he was responsible for coordinating the Reagan Administration's policy positions on antitrust matters, including all antitrust legislation. Steve was also responsible for all Antitrust Division appellate matters and, in this capacity, argued before the United States Supreme Court as amicus curiae on behalf of the United States in 324 Liquor Corp. v. Duffy, 107 SCT 720 (1987).
- The Antitrust Reciprocity Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-393)
- The National Cooperative Research Act of 1984 (P.L. 98-462)
- The Local Government Antitrust Act of 1984 (P.L. 98-544)
Over the course of his career, Steve has served in numerous professional, civic and business organizations. Most recently, Steve was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Frist to serve on the Antitrust Modernization Commission. Composed of 12 appointees, the Commission is charged with examining the broad scope of the nation's antitrust laws and determining what, if any, changes might be appropriate and beneficial to our 21st century economy.
Steve has also served in various capacities in the ABA's Section of Antitrust Law, including Chairman of the Legislation Committee as well as a three year term on the Section Council.
More recently, Steve was appointed by current ABA President, Robert Grey, to a special committee to examine the current status of attorney-client privilege in American jurisprudence. He is also a member of the Committee of Corporate General Counsel of the ABA Section of Business Law.
In addition to these bar activities, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce National Litigation Center.
A native of South Carolina, Steve received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of South Carolina. Steve is married to Barbara Gordon and they have two daughters, Katy and Caroline.
Antitrust Litigation and Counseling
Government Relations and Legislative Affairs
February 9, 2011
Chairman of Constantine Cannon Steve Cannon participated on a panel of the 2011 Hospitality Law Conference concerning recent legal and regulatory developments affecting the relationship between merchants and payment card networks. He co-authored a paper, Electronic Payments 2011: The Winds of Change / A Call to Action, as his submission for that conference.
April 22, 2010
Chairman of Constantine Cannon Stephen Cannon participated in a panel discussion at the 2010 Spring Meeting of the American Bar Associations' Antitrust Section that addressed "Insurance and Other New Antitrust Targets: The Politics and Legislative Process of Antitrust Exemptions and Immunities." He presented a paper Assessing the Need for Antitrust Immunity For Collective Merchant Negotiations With Electronic Payment Systems.
February 4, 2010
Chairman of Constantine Cannon Steve Cannon participated on a panel of the 2010 Hospitality Law Conference concerning the relationship between hosptility merchants and the payment card industy, focusing on the costs and potential legal liabilities of merchant acceptance of payment cards. He co-authored a paper, The U.S. Payment Card Industry: Select Challenges and Issues From a Hospitality Industry Perspective, as his submission for that conference.
Chairman of Constantine Cannon Steve Cannon co-authored an article on the payment card industry's enforcment of data security standards, "The Currency of Progress?" Visa and MasterCard Arrogate Governmental Powers in the Name of Card System Security. The article appeared in the December 2009 issue of HospitalityLawyer.com's PCI Compliance Newsletter.
October 20-21, 2008
Chairman of Constantine Cannon Steve Cannon was the moderator at the Association of Corporate Counsel's 2008 Annual Meeting on two panels on Answers to Questions You Wish Your Outside Auditor Hadn't Asked and Report from the Front Lines: Current Antitrust and Competition Policy Issues.
May 16, 2008
Chairman of Constantine Cannon Steve Cannon and partner Todd Anderson spoke at the Council of State Restaurant Associations, 2008 Annual Meeting on the Role of PCI compliance in the Visa and MasterCard systems and what to expect if you appear to be the victim of a data breach - the challenges facing restaurants and other merchants.
May 15, 2008
Chairman of Constantine Cannon Steve Cannon testified on behalf of the Merchants Payments Coalition, before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary Antitrust Task Force Hearing on H.R. 5546, The "Credit Card Fair Fee Act of 2008."
July 19, 2006
Steve Cannon testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on Credit Card Interchange Rates: Antitrust Issue?
July 19, 2006
Bloomberg Interview With Steve Cannon Concerning Credit Card Interchange Rates.
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May 11, 2006
Steve Cannon testified before the New Jersey State Senate Labor Committee to Oppose Healthcare Spending Mandate Legislation.