Stuart Plunkett is a trial lawyer in the firm's San Francisco office and a member of Baker Botts' top-ranked Antitrust and Competition Practice. He also serves as Hiring Partner for the San Francisco office.
Mr. Plunkett has more than 20 years of experience representing leading companies in complex antitrust and commercial litigation matters. He has served as lead counsel for companies and individuals in a broad range of industries, including high tech, energy, financial services, and healthcare. He is among the few attorneys to have tried a federal securities fraud case to jury verdict, and among only a handful of attorneys to have had a judgment following trial of an energy case affirmed by the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Plunkett is a leader in the community. He is the Secretary of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and in 2020, he will serve as the 107th President of that organization. He is a past Chair of the Bar Association's Judiciary Committee, a past Chair and current member of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section, a past member of the organization's Board of Directors, and a past member of the Bar Association's Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Plunkett is also active in the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of California, where he completed a term on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section. Mr. Plunkett received the Unity Award from the Minority Bar Coalition for his work sponsoring and facilitating scholarships for minority law students.
Mr. Plunkett regularly speaks and writes on antitrust and commercial litigation topics, and recently served on the Editorial Board for the American Bar Association's leading national antitrust treatise, Antitrust Law Developments (Eighth). He has contributed to The Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, the California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Treatise, and the San Francisco Daily Journal. His perspectives on antitrust law have recently been quoted in Bloomberg BNA, Global Competition Review, and Law360.
Mr. Plunkett has represented clients in significant pro bono matters and has received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services on three occasions. He received asylum for a client who had been persecuted for his sexual orientation, argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a habeas action, represented a builder of low-income housing in San Francisco, represented the Brady Center in challenges to state laws seeking to nullify federal firearms regulations, and represented civil rights organizations and same-sex couples in litigation arising out of the same-sex marriage debate in California and Montana.
Mr. Plunkett, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, has lived in San Francisco for 20 years. He and his partner currently live in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood. In his spare time, Mr. Plunkett enjoys snowboarding, hiking, concerts, and spending time with his dog.