Gary Reback is best known for spearheading the efforts that led to the federal lawsuit against Microsoft in the late 1990s. He was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Reback worked his way through Yale University programming computers for the school’s economics department. After graduating magna cum laude in 1971, Reback attended law school at Stanford University where he studied antitrust under Professor William F. Baxter and served as an editor of the law review. He clerked for a federal appellate judge in Atlanta, Georgia and worked for several years at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. He moved back to Northern California in 1981, just as Silicon Valley was beginning to blossom.

Reback specializes in antitrust and intellectual property litigation and counseling. He has taken a leading role in many of the most celebrated antitrust cases of the last three decades and has represented a number of Silicon Valley’s best known companies.

Over the years, Reback has been named to the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” list by the National Law Journal, the “Elite 100” by Upside magazine, the “Top 100” by MicroTimes, and “Lawyers of the Year” by California Lawyer magazine. He has been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wired magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle and BusinessWeek, among other publications.


California Law Business called Reback “the leading proponent of [Silicon] Valley’s emerging technologies in the courts.” The National Law Journal has referred to Reback as the “antitrust champion” and the “protector of the marketplace.” “If there’s one person who’s going to help define antitrust law for the 21st Century,” wrote Wired magazine, “it’s Gary Reback.”