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Howard Morse



Partner, Cooley
Washington, D.C.

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Howard Morse is a partner in the Antitrust practice group and a member of Cooley's Business department. He joined the Firm in 2010 and is resident in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Morse regularly represents businesses before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and State Attorneys General, in investigations involving mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, alleged monopolization, and restraint of trade cases. He also counsels clients on antitrust issues and represents companies in private antitrust litigation.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Morse was a partner at Drinker Biddle, where he guided numerous clients' mergers and acquisitions through government review and encouraged government challenges to other transactions on behalf of clients. Previously, Mr. Morse served for 10 years at the Federal Trade Commission as deputy assistant director for policy and assistant director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition. At the FTC, he was responsible for more than 50 enforcement actions including Hart-Scott-Rodino civil penalty and merger enforcement actions against Boston Scientific, Ciba-Geigy, Fresenius and Roche in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries and against Adobe, Autodesk, Cadence and Silicon Graphics in the computer hardware and software industries. Mr. Morse 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."

Mr. Morse is Chair of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section's Federal Civil Enforcement Committee. He previously chaired the Section's Intellectual Property, Computer Industry and Exemptions & Immunities Committees and has served on the Section Council. Mr. Morse has testified before Congress, the Antitrust Modernization Commission and the DOJ/FTC hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy. He is a frequent speaker and has published extensively on antitrust issues. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a seminar on current developments in antitrust law.


  • Harvard Law School, JD, 1984, cum laude
  • Dartmouth College, ABA, 1981, summa cum laude

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