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Howard Feller

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Practices
Industries
International
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 1978
  • University of Virginia, BA, with High Honors, 1975
Admissions
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
Affiliations

American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law: Chair, 2014-2015; Chair-Elect, 2013-2014; Vice Chair, 2012-2013; Finance Officer, 2010-2012; Secretary and Communications Officer, 2009-2010; Past Council Member; Past Chair, Program Committee; Past Co-Chair, Sherman Act Section 1 Committee; Past Chair, Health Care Committee; Past Chair, Practice and Procedure Subcommittee of FTC Committee

Virginia State Bar: Chair, Antitrust Section, 1995-1996; Past Member, Board of Governors, Sections of Antitrust and Health Care

Boys and Girls Clubs of Richmond: Past President

Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia: Past Board Member and General Counsel

National Conference of Christians and Jews: Past President

Leadership Metro Richmond: Participant, 1987-1988; Curriculum Committee

Howard is the chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Department and also is the current chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. He concentrates on antitrust litigation, criminal antitrust investigations, antitrust merger investigations, and commercial litigation. His practice also includes handling investigations conducted by federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies, advertising issues, and franchising and distribution matters. Howard has worked extensively on antitrust issues in many diverse industries, and has substantial experience in conducting antitrust audits and antitrust compliance training.

Howard serves as the 2014-2015 chair of the ABA’s Antitrust Section. Previously, he served as the chair-elect, vice chair, finance officer, secretary and communications officer, chair of the Program Committee, co-chair of Sherman Act Section 1 Committee, and chair of the Health Care Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section. He is also a past editor of both the Section 1 Newsletter and the Antitrust Health Care Chronicle published by the ABA Antitrust Section, and past chair of the Antitrust Section of the Virginia State Bar. In addition, he has made many speeches and written a number of articles on various antitrust issues.

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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representation of a paper manufacturer in more than 40 class action antitrust suits alleging price fixing that were consolidated into an MDL proceeding. Our client obtained a favorable settlement. Before the civil cases were filed, the firm represented the company in a grand jury price fixing investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. The federal investigation was closed without any enforcement action being taken.

Representation of a healthcare insurer in an action brought by the American Chiropractic Association, the Virginia Chiropractic Association and several chiropractors. The plaintiffs alleged a conspiracy in violation of the federal and state antitrust laws, attempted monopolization, a RICO violation, tortious interference, a common law conspiracy, breach of contract, and violation of state law. Our client obtained a total dismissal of all of the plaintiffs’ claims through a summary judgment motion, which subsequently was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.

Representation of a manufacturer in a criminal grand jury investigation relating to potential price fixing and market allocation agreements.

Representation of numerous clients in Hart-Scott-Rodino merger investigations conducted by the FTC and the DOJ. Obtained approval of multiple transactions.

Representation of a healthcare insurer in two DOJ antitrust investigations relating to the insurer’s contracting practices. In both cases, we were effective in persuading the DOJ that the investigations should be closed and no enforcement action should be taken.

Conducted more than 25 antitrust audits for a manufacturer of its various U.S. and international business units.

Selected for inclusion in International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists, Global Competition Review, 2013-2014

Selected for inclusion in International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Global Competition Review, 2013-2014

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust, Woodward/White, Inc., 2005-2014

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Antitrust Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2014

Named to "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Antitrust Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2014

Author, "Antitrust Considerations for Provider Networks and Joint Ventures," Healthcare Finance and Growth: 2013 Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, September 2013
Author, Association of Corporate Counsel Compliance & Ethics Committee Program, June 2012
Author, "Arguments of the NFL Respondents in the American Needle Case," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, April 2010
Author, "Antitrust Issues Raised by Internet Sales Practices and Policies," Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association Program, April 2009
Author, "Preventing Antitrust Liability: Conducting Effective Compliance Training Programs and Audits," International Business & Crime Seminar, Georgia State Bar, October 2008
Author, "Multi-Jurisdictional Merger Investigations: A Case Study of the Equitable-Dominion Resources Transaction," Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, June 2008
Author, "A State Action Immunity Case Study: The Equitable-Dominion Resources Merger," Fall Forum Conference, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, November 2007
Author, "How to Conduct an Efficient and Beneficial Antitrust Audit," Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, October 2007
Author, "Antitrust Analysis of Most Favored Nation Clauses in Health Plan Contracts," Antitrust in Healthcare Conference, American Health Lawyers Association, September 2007
Author, "A Primer on Antitrust Law Fundamentals," Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association Program, September 2007
Speaker, "Antitrust in Healthcare," 9th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 2014
Speaker, "Antitrust Implications of Hospital Transactions," Community Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar Series, December 2013
Speaker, "Healthcare Antitrust: Physician Contracting and Joint Ventures," Healthcare Finance and Growth: 2013 Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, September 2013
Speaker, "2013 and Beyond: Antitrust in Obama’s Second Term," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, April 2013
Speaker, "How to Conduct An ‘Effective’ Antitrust Compliance Program," Association of Corporate Counsel Compliance & Ethics Committee Program, June 2012
Speaker, "The American Needle Case," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, April 2010
Speaker, Antitrust Roundtable with Senior Government Officials, March 2010
Speaker, "Unlocking the Restraints: Antitrust Considerations for Distribution and Sales Practices," Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association Program, April 2009
Speaker, "US & EU Antitrust Issues: Do’s & Don’ts," German American Trade Association Meeting, October 2008
Speaker, "Government Antitrust Enforcement Activities," International Business & Crime Seminar, October 2008
Speaker, "Multi-Jurisdictional Merger Investigations: A Case Study of the Equitable-Dominion Resources Transaction," Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, June 2008
Speaker, "A State Action Immunity Case Study: The Equitable-Dominion Resources Merger," Fall Forum Conference, November 2007
Speaker, "How to Conduct an Efficient and Beneficial Antitrust Audit," Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, October 2007
Speaker, "Antitrust Analysis of Most Favored Nation Clauses in Health Plan Contracts," Antitrust in Healthcare Conference, September 2007
Speaker, "Practical Antitrust Workshop," Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association Program, September 2007
Speaker, "Hot Button Antitrust Issues Affecting Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Companies," Conference sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP, April 2007