Howrey loses another partner as Dechert swoops for antitrust lawyer

Howrey’s partner exodus has continued with the departure of antitrust specialist Mike Cowie to the Washington office of US rivals Dechert.

Cowie’s defection is the latest in a series of departures that have hit the firm in recent months, and comes after it emerged that the co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice Gary Bendinger was leaving to join Sidley Austin alongside litigation partners Gregory Ballard and Kevin Burke.

More than 60 partners are reported to have left the firm in the last year. The firm has also been hit by departures in Europe, suffering losses in Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.

In October a dozen partners broke away from the firm’s European offices to set up their own IP boutique, including Europe managing partner Bart van den Broek and head of Europe IP Benoit Strowel (11 October 2010).

Cowie rejoined Howrey in 2004 after a three-year stint as senior litigation counsel at the Federal Trade Commission. At Howrey his clients included Nokia and Xerox Cargill.

Commenting on his arrival, Dechert’s antitrust/competition co-chair Paul Dennis said: “His client service focus, agency experience in merger and non-merger investigations, and litigation skills fit perfectly with the work we’ve been doing for our clients.”