Howard Morse is a Washington-DC based partner in Cooley LLP’s antitrust practice group. He regularly represents businesses before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and State Attorneys General in investigations involving mergers and acquisitions as well as alleged monopolization and restraint of trade cases. He also counsels clients on antitrust issues and represents companies in private antitrust litigation.
Howard has been at the forefront of applying antitrust law to the high-tech sector and the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, including issues related to innovation markets, patent pools, standard setting, and settlement of intellectual property litigation.
Howard served for ten years at the FTC where he was Deputy Assistant Director for Policy and Assistant Director of the Bureau of Competition. He received the FTC’s Award for Superior Service for “furthering the Commission’s Merger Enforcement Program” and for “advancing the antitrust mission of the Federal Trade Commission in innovation markets and high technology industries.”
In private practice, Howard has guided numerous clients’ mergers and acquisitions through government review and has encouraged government challenges to other transactions on behalf of clients. He has successfully defended targets of agency investigations and has represented plaintiffs, defendants, and third parties in antitrust litigation.
Howard is active in the ABA Antitrust Section where he serves on the Section Council. He has previously chaired the Section’s Federal Civil Enforcement, Computer Industry, Intellectual Property, and Exemptions and Immunities committees.
Howard has been recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, Super Lawyers and Who's Who in American Law. The Chambers USA 2013 Guide to America's Leading Lawyers says Howard is “applauded for his ability to apply his deep antitrust expertise to commercial settings” while the 2009 edition describes him as a “tireless advocate for his clients” who “impresses with his superb with his superb analytical and communications skills,” and is “valued for his practical experience as a former Assistant Director of the FTC Bureau of Competition.”
Howard is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.