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December 14, 2010 2:40 PM

Another Howrey Partner Leaves the Building

Posted by Brian Baxter

Michael Cowie, an antitrust partner in Howrey's Washington, D.C., office, is leaving the firm for Dechert, according to The Blog of Legal Times, an affiliate of sibling publication The National Law Journal. Cowie is the latest defection from Howrey, which, relying on figures from a recent feature story in The American Lawyer, has now lost at least 67 partners since last winter.

The BLT reports that Cowie is a former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition. In that job he supervised a 25-attorney unit responsible for probing prospective mergers in the health care, retail, and food and beverage industries. Cowie also served as the FTC's senior litigation counsel on antitrust litigation, The BLT reports.

In August, Cowie led a Howrey team serving as antitrust counsel to Medco Health Solutions on its $730 million acquisition of medical research company United BioSource, according to our report on the deal.

In a prepared statement to The BLT, Cowie said, "I have worked alongside Dechert lawyers both at the FTC and in private practice. Dechert stands out for its depth in merger control and in antitrust litigation."

On Monday, The Am Law Daily reported that Howrey's former litigation cochair Gary Bendinger was leaving the firm for Sidley Austin, along with two partners from the firm's New York office. The losses leave Howrey with only three full-time partners in New York, although the firm has vowed to keep open its office in the Big Apple.

 

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