Howard B. Iwrey


Even the savviest and most careful businesspeople have a difficult time telling the difference between robust competition and actions that may attract scrutiny. Howard Iwrey, leader of Dykema's antitrust and trade regulation practice, helps clients stay on the right side of that line. When they are accused of crossing it, by enforcement authorities, customers, or competitors, Howard defends them aggressively.

Some of the world's largest manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, financial services, food, and franchising companies count on Howard to bring clarity to complexity and avoid costly business disruptions or catastrophic exposure. When his clients find themselves in the crosshairs for alleged anticompetitive actions, Howard's understanding of antitrust laws and the markets in which clients operate—and his credibility with enforcement authorities and courts—help him obtain favorable resolutions in difficult criminal and civil matters. 

What sets Howard apart is his recognition that the laws governing competition and trade practices aren't abstractions; they live in the context of real-world business activity.

He can quickly synthesize the nature of clients' businesses and the markets in which they compete with their obligations under the law.

A seasoned and successful litigator, Howard has defended his clients' interests in countless judicial and administrative proceedings and federal grand jury investigations involving all aspects of antitrust law, including price-fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation, tying, price discrimination, monopolization, vertical restraints, and mergers.

Howard also uses his experience as a litigator to develop effective compliance policies and programs that empower client team members by identifying how the antitrust laws impact their specific business practices and which areas are particularly vulnerable to potential problems. He provides his clients with the tools they need to quickly spot—and mitigate—issues that arise from time to time.

Clients involved in major matters also reap the substantial savings that come from Howard’s discovery management experience.

By implementing electronic data filtration and prioritization techniques, efficient review protocols, detailed reviewer training, and sophisticated monitoring analytics, Howard saves his clients millions of dollars in discovery costs, and can quickly hone in on the documents and data that are most critical in pending litigation and investigation matters. 

In antitrust matters, solving a client's existing problems—and avoiding future ones—often begins with educating them about what the problem is in the first place and giving them the tools to recognize and address potential issues when they arise.
    • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude
    • University of Michigan, A.B., with high distinction and high honors
  • Bar Admissions

    • Michigan, 1986
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
    • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
    • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Antitrust Litigation and Franchise/Dealership, 2006-Present
    • Named Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” for Antitrust Law by Best Lawyers® 2014, 2018 and 2020

    • Named "Lawyer of the Year," Antitrust Litigation, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2020 and 2022
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust, 2008-Present

    • Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Antitrust Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company
    • Named Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Antitrust by Best Lawyers® 2013

    • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2008-2012
    • Named a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer® in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel
    • Named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine for Antitrust and Antitrust Litigation, 2010-present
    • Global Competition Review Litigation of the Year—Cartel Defense Team Award, 2019

    • State Bar of Michigan, Antitrust, Trade Regulation and Franchising Section, Chairperson, 1999-2000
    • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law

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