Howard Morse is a Washington-DC based partner and chair of Cooley’s Antitrust and Competition practice group.
Howard regularly represents businesses before the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General in investigations of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures as well as alleged monopolization, restraints of trade and unfair and deceptive practices. He also counsels on antitrust issues to help clients achieve their business goals without violating antitrust law and represents clients in 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 potential competition, innovation markets, patent pools, standard setting and settlement of intellectual property litigation.
Before joining Cooley, Howard served for 10 years at the FTC where he was Assistant Director of the Bureau of Competition, responsible for more than 50 enforcement actions, including HSR civil penalty and merger enforcement actions. 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.”
Howard has been recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Competition Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Competition, Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences, and Who’s Who in American Law. Chambers has said Howard is “both knowledgeable and practical” and is "a well-respected antitrust counselor, particularly experienced in advising hi-tech companies on the intersection between antitrust and IP law."
Howard is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
When not helping clients, Howard can be found sailing, scuba diving, skiing, or traveling with his family.