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Howard S. Hogan is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is chair of the Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products group. Over the course of his career, Howard has handled numerous complex cases in a variety of federal and state courts in several different substantive areas including general commercial, securities and employment matters, and internal investigations. Howard has been repeatedly recognized as a leading voice in the intellectual property legal community, including by Managing IP as an IP Star for both trademark and copyright matters, in World Trademark Review’s list of “World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” and its “Global Leaders Guide,” and in serving as a committee chair with the International Trademark Association.
Howard’s practice focuses on IP litigation and counseling, including trademark, copyright, patent, false advertising, right of publicity, licensing, and trade secret matters. Howard has represented various corporations and individuals in a broad range of industries, including financial services, sports, fashion, cosmetics, entertainment, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and online services. A significant portion of Howard’s practice involves computer, Internet, and new media-related issues. He has represented and counseled a wide variety of companies on these issues, whether they are Internet-focused companies or traditional brick–and–mortar companies. Many of Howard’s matters have tested the application of traditional legal principles to the Internet and new media, such as in connection with issues of Internet jurisdiction, online contracting, and the application of trademark and copyright law to search engines, social media, and online sales. Howard also regularly counsels clients in connection with the application of privacy law to online commercial activities and data breaches, and has assisted clients with several substantial trade secrets and information security matters.
Howard is a frequent lecturer and writer on intellectual property and technology-related issues. Howard is the co-author, with Gibson Dunn partner Jennifer Bellah Maguire, of Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers, a treatise published by the Practising Law Institute, updated in 2019, and recognized as one of the “21 Best Fashion Books of All Time” by Fashionista in 2023. Howard is also author of the trademark and domain name chapters of the treatise, Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace, published by Bloomberg BNA in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and updated annually. Howard has also been a speaker at meetings of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas; the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law; and Comic-Con San Diego. Howard has also provided commentary on intellectual property issues for CBS News, Bloomberg TV, and National Public Radio, and he has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Law360.
Howard devotes significant time to assisting not-for-profit organizations with different issues. In 2008, the Meals on Wheels Association of America honored Howard with its ‘Friend of the Year Award’ for his assistance to MOWAA’s efforts to end senior hunger, and in 2019, the Jewish National Fund honored Howard and a Gibson Dunn team with the organization’s inaugural Presidential Award for their pro bono contributions. Howard has served on the Boards of Directors for the Council for Court Excellence, the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, among others.
From 1999-2000, Howard was Law Clerk to the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 1994, Howard helped to initiate the AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps, where he served as a Team Leader until 1996 and received the organization’s Outstanding Leadership Award in 1995.
Howard received his B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1994 in International Relations, Law, and Organization, Phi Beta Kappa with a European Studies Certificate. In 1999, he received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Commentator and Research and Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board. Howard is also an alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where he spent the 1992-93 academic term as a visiting student.
Howard is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia, and has been admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, the D.C. Circuit and the Federal Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland, and the Eastern District of Texas.
New York University - 1999 Juris Doctor
Georgetown University - 1994 Bachelor of Science
District of Columbia Bar
New York Bar