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Michael Howard Morse

Michael Howard Morse

also known as Howard Morse

Practice areas:

Antitrust & Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Advertising, Intellectual Property, Privacy

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About Me

The Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers describes Howard as "a tireless advocate for his clients" who "impresses with his superb analytical and communications skills" and as "valued for his practical experience as a former Assistant Director of the FTC Bureau of Competition."


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Antitrust & Trade Law: 80%
    29 years, 100 cases
  2. Privacy: 5%
    7 years, 5 cases
  3. Intellectual Property: 5%
    21 years, 20 cases
  4. Advertising: 5%
    17 years, 5 cases
  5. Mergers & Acquisitions: 5%
    27 years, 100 cases

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Contact Info

Cooley LLP

777 6th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20001-3723



DCActive 198405/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA:2011
Guide to the World’s Leading LawyersLegal Media Group2008
SuperLawyerWashington, D.C. Super Lawyers2007
Award for Superior ServiceFederal Trade Commission Commission1997

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerCooley LLP2010 - Present
Partner and Chair of Antitrust Practice GroupDrinker Biddle & Reath LLP1998 - 2010
Assistant Director, Bureau of CompetitionFederal Trade Commission1988 - 1997


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Federal Civil Enforcement CommitteeChair2009 - Present
Intellectual Property Owners Association, Antitrust & Competition Law CommitteeVice-Chair2004 - 2007
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Computer, Intellectual Property and Exemptions & Immunities CommitteesChair1997 - 2009

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
McCagg v. Marquis Jet Partners, Inc.Motion to Dismiss Granted
RIAA v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc.Motion to dismiss antitrust counterclaim denied

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Law SchoolN/AJ.D., cum laude1984
Dartmouth CollegeEconomics and PhilosophyA.B., summa cum laude1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Antitrust Counseling & Compliance 2011The Merger Review Process2011
ABA Litigation SectionEnforcement Priorities of the Obama Administration: What is Happening at the DOJ and FTC2010
48th Annual Advanced Antitrust Seminar“Intellectual Property Licensing and Recent Developments in Standard Setting”2009
The Fourth Annual Conference on Current Issues in Complex IP LicensingNew Developments at the Intersection of Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Protection2008
4th Annual In-House Counsel Forum on Pharmaceutical AntitrustAssessing What the Authorized Generic Drug Study and Report on Intellectual Property Collectively Mean for the Pharmaceutical Industry2008