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Howard B. Iwrey Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

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

Education

University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan, A.B.

  • with high distinction and high honors

Howard B. Iwrey, a Dykema antitrust and trade regulation attorney with more than 30 years’ experience, represents companies from a broad range of industries including automotive, healthcare, food, technology, defense, commercial finance, sports, art publishing, utilities, retail, consumer appliances, electronics and investment services.  Mr. Iwrey is the leader of the Firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation.

Some of the largest manufacturing, automotive, health care, financial services, food and franchising companies in the world depend on Mr. Iwrey’s assistance in antitrust litigation, securities arbitration, and franchising advice and litigation. He provides critical guidance to businesses as they navigate complex challenges ranging from risk mitigation compliance to litigation. 

Mr. Iwrey has litigated a number of significant law suits and grand jury investigations involving all aspects of antitrust law, including tying, price discrimination, monopolization, price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, vertical restraints and mergers.  Mr. Iwrey represents a number of companies in connection with the United States Department of Justice investigation into potential anticompetitive practices in the automotive industry, and related class actions, and represents producers in multiple antitrust class and direct action cases involving alleged anticompetitive practices in the food industry.

In the health care industry, Mr. Iwrey represents systems in antitrust litigation, investigations, mergers and structuring innovative network and joint venture arrangements.  In one major case, he successfully obtained a dismissal of a suit against a hospital brought by physicians who alleged that termination of their medical privileges violated federal antitrust laws.  The case set an important precedent because it furthered the ability of the hospital to monitor the quality of its medical staff.  The case was dismissed at a very early stage, thus avoiding costly discovery.  Mr. Iwrey also successfully negotiated the settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice challenge to a merger of two major Montana health insurance companies.

Mr. Iwrey has represented a number of major Wall Street firms in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly known as NASD).  These matters involved complex securities, tort and antitrust issues.  Mr. Iwrey successfully defended a major Wall Street firm in a case alleging that it “raided” a competitor’s top brokers and “spoliated” critical evidence.  In this case, Mr. Iwrey won a rare motion to dismiss the “raiding” claim prior to the merits hearing, and employed sophisticated forensics analysis to trace and recover allegedly destroyed files to help secure the victory at the final proceeding.

Through his experience with the largest types of cases and governmental investigations, Mr. Iwrey has developed particular skills in discovery management.  Mr. Iwrey has saved clients millions of dollars in discovery by aggressive negotiations and motion practice and implementation of electronic data filtration and prioritization techniques, efficient review protocols, detailed training of reviewer teams and sophisticated monitoring analytics. 

Mr. Iwrey provides live and web-based antitrust compliance training to clients in a wide range of industries.  In addition, Mr. Iwrey has authored a number of articles on regulatory matters and legal decisions and  presented at trade associations and educational and legal forums.  Mr. Iwrey is also a former Chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Antitrust, Franchising and Trade Regulation Section.

  • Thomas Danielkiewicz, et al., v. Whirlpool Corporation (E.D. Mich. No. 18-cv-13599, Nov. 22, 2019).

  • Specialty Auto Parts USA, Inc. v. Holley Performance Products, Inc. (Case No. 18-5524, 6th Cir. Apr. 29, 2019)
  • In re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, E.D. Mich. No. 12-md-02311 (Jan. 7, 2019)
  • GEICO Corp. v. Autoliv, Inc., 345 F. Supp. 3d 799 (ED Mich. 2018)
  • InfoStream Group, Inc. v. PayPal, Inc., 2012-2 Trade Cas. (CCH)

    ¶78,030 (N.D. Cal. No. C-12-748-SI, Aug. 28, 2012)

  • GMA Cover Corp v. Saab Barracuda LLC, 2012 Trade Cas. (CCH)
    ¶77,813 (E.D. Mich. No. 10-12060, Feb. 8 and 28, 2012)

  • General Retirement System of the City of Detroit, et al. v. UBS, AG, et al., 799 F. Supp. 2d 749 (E.D. Mich. 2011)
  • Advocacy Organization for Patients and Providers v. Mercy Health Services, 987 F.Supp. 967 (E.D. Mich. 1997)

  • Aurora Gas Co. v. Presque Isle Gas & Elec. Co-Op, 1996 WL 627399, Util. L. Rep. ¶14,119 (CCH) (E.D. Mich. 1996)

  • Baum Research and Development Co., Inc. v. Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Inc., 31 F.Supp.2d 1016, 1999-1 Trade Cas. (CCH) 72,468 (E.D. Mich., Nov. 19, 1998)

  • Beyer v. LakeView Community Hospital, 75 Antitrust and Trade Reg. Reptr. 11 (W.D. Mich. 1998), aff'd, No. 98-1813, slip op., (6th Cir. Jul. 26, 1999)

  • Dry Cleaning & Laundry Inst. of Detroit, Inc. v. Flom's Corp., 841 F.Supp. 212 (E.D. Mich. 1993) and 841 F.Supp. 212 (E.D. Mich. 1993)

  • General Retirement System of the City of Detroit v. UBS, AG, 799 F. Supp.2d 749 (E.D. Mich. 2011)

  • Helmac Products Corp. v. Roth (Plastics) Corp., 150 F.R.D. 563 (E.D. Mich. 1993) and 814 F.Supp. 560 (E.D. Mich. 1992)

  • In re Baseball Bat Antitrust Litigation, 75 F.Supp.2d 1189 (D.Kan. 1999)

  • In re GMO Capital Markets GKST v. Morgan Stanley & Company Incorporated, FINRA Case No. 07-00366 (Feb. 11, 2009)

  • In re Motorsports Merchandise Antitrust Litigation, 112 F.Supp.2d 1329 (N.D.Ga. 2000) and Trade Cas. (CCH) ¶72,524 (N.D.Ga. 1998)

  • In re Packaged Ice Antitrust Litigation, E.D. Mich. No. 08-md-01952, 2011 WL 6178891 (Dec. 12, 2012), and 2012 WL10684 (Jan. 3, 2012)

  • In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation, N.D. Oh. No. 10-md-02196 (Oct. 13, 2011)

  • In re Refrigerant Compressors Antitrust Litigation, 795 F.Supp.2d 647, and 2011 WL 3321293 (E.D. Mich. 2011)

  • In re Sulfuric Acid Antitrust Litigation, N.D. Ill. Nos. 03-md-1536, 03-cv-4576 (Dec. 22, 2011)

  • Khamis v. Atlas Oil Co., E.D. Mich.No. 04-73750, 2005 WL 2319001 (Sept. 21, 2005)

  • Lighthouse Galleries, LLC v. Thomas Kinkade Co., E.D. Mich. No. 08-13466, 2008 WL 5102245 (Dec. 1, 2008)

  • McNulty v. Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc., 2009-1 Trade Cas. (CCH) 1176,670 (E.D. Mich. May 29, 2009)

  • Michigan Div. - Monument Builders of N. Am. v. Michigan Cemetery Assoc., 458 F. Supp. 2d 474 (E.D. Mich. 2006), aff'd, 524 F.3d 726 (6th Cir. 2008)

  • Moses v. Business Card Express, Inc., 929 F.2d 1131 (6th Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 502 U.S. 821 (1991)

  • Neshewat, et al. v. Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. E.D. Mich. No. 05-74537 (May 15, 2006)

  • Planco Financial Services, LLC v. Habitz, et al., FINRA Case No. 06-03243 (Aug. 2006)

  • Ruffin v. DePasse, 17 F.Supp.2d 699 (E.D. Mich. 1998)

  • Smith v. eBay Corp., E.D. Mich. No. 10-11437, 2010 WL 2991687 (Jul. 28, 2010)

  • Thomas Kinkade Co. v. Lighthouse Galleries, LLC, E.D. Mich. Case No. 04-10757, 2010 WL 1626697 (Apr. 21, 2010), and 2010 WL 436609 (Jan. 27, 2010)

  • United States v. Mercy Health Services, 902 F.Supp. 968 (N.D. Iowa 1995)

  • Vehimax International, LLC, et al. v. Jui Li Enterprise Company, Ltd., et al., 2010-1 Trade Cas. (CCH) 1176,965, C.D. Cal. No. CV 09-6437 SVW (Mar. 10, 2010)

  • Virtual Maintenance, Inc. v. Prime Computer, Inc., 995 F.2d 1324 (6th Cir. 1993) and 11 F.3d 660 (6th Cir. 1993)

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Memberships & Involvement

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

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Antitrust Litigation, Securities Litigation, Franchise/Dealership, 2006-Present

Named Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” for Antitrust Law by Best Lawyers® 2014, 2018 and 2020.

Named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Antitrust Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2020

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Antitrust Law and Antitrust Litigation, 2008-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

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